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The Smartest Guide To Staying Chill This Summer

Do you have what it takes to beat the heat? Grab a refreshing beverage and read these tips for keeping yourself and your space cool, plus the cost of your bills chill, too – presented with the help of some adorable assistants and ExxonMobil.

1. Have your ceiling fan blades face downward and rotate clockwise.


This'll most effectively bring the cool air toward you, which we imagine is something you'll be a "fan" of.

2. Find the air conditioner that's right for YOU.


It's a lot easier than finding a person who's right for you. Here's how:

+ For a square room: multiply length by width

+ For a triangular room: multiply length by width, divide by 2 ➞ add to square part

3. Take a minute to calculate the power needed for your AC unit.


And ramp it up according to the square footage of your space.

4. Also, add another 600 BTU for every person who regularly uses the room you're trying to cool.


They'll think you're pretty "cool" for doing so.

5. Consider curtains!


Keeping them closed blocks unnecessary heat from infiltrating your space... not to mention, they're a nice decorative flare to make your place feel a little more "adult."

6. Speaking of kitchens, use the microwave to make food instead of the oven.


It uses 75% less energy, and it's probably like at least 75% faster too.

7. Plant a shady tree stationed to the south or west of your house.


The natural cooling of one well-placed tree can reduce your energy costs by about 25% in the summer heat. Also, trees help us breathe and stuff.

8. Turn up your thermostat 10 degrees during the hours you're not home.


You could save up to $150 during the warmer months if you have the patience to heat up before cooling down as soon as you walk in the door.

9. Add a few more inches of insulation to the attic walls or highest surface room of your home.


This could lower your cooling costs 10-20%. Extra padding for your WALLET in addition to your walls.

10. Decorate with pale colors.


This will reflect more natural light in your space, saving money (because you'll turn on fewer lights) while setting up some killer ambiance.

11. Take a free energy audit, at-home or online. Or have an associate visit you to do one.


They're pretty simple and make it easy to pinpoint exactly where you can make your living space more energy efficient. Get dat green.



Even if you're not #thirsty.