MINNEAPOLIS - If you haven’t noticed, it’s been a scorcher in Minnesota lately.
Temperatures have dipped into the 90s this week, and hot weather is expected to stick around for at least a few more days.
Striking a balance between staying comfortable in hot weather without breaking the bank can be tricky.
That’s why we gathered a few tips to help keep you cool (and hopefully save you a few dollars along the way.)
Using an air conditioner?
If you can tolerate a few more degrees of heat, you can save some money, according to Mark Stutz with Xcel Energy.
“If you move up about one degree you can save about one percent on your bill,” Stutz said. “If you move up five degrees, you save five percent.”
Stutz also recommended limiting the use of other household tasks that generate heat – like doing laundry or running a dishwasher during the daytime.
This may seem obvious, but it’s also best to keep windows closed to trap the A/C inside.
Using a fan?
If using a fan is your go-to for staying cool in the summer, Lindsey Chapman with Home Depot recommended placing them next to a window or door.
With ceiling fans, she said, make sure they’re rotating in the right direction. In most cases, these fans should rotate counterclockwise to help maximize cooler air.
“If you think about the science, hot air rises, so in the winter, you want the fan to push the hot air back down to help with the heating bills, but in the summer, you want to suck it up into the ceiling,” Chapman said.
Using an evaporative cooler?
An evaporative cooler (or swamp cooler) helps cool air through – you guessed it – the evaporation of water.
Chapman said a lot of people end up returning these units because they don’t know how to use them properly.
For this one to work, it’s important to keep windows open. Evaporative coolers work by pushing the hot air out of a house.
Our sister station, KUSA, also asked its Facebook viewers for their tips and tricks on keeping their homes cool in the summer heat.
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And Sarah Ann channels her inner Monica Geller.