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Lose 5.5 lbs a week!

Did you know that most people do not notice an increase in temperature of 2 degrees from one day to the next. If you really want to take this pledge to the next level, Energy Star recommends turning up the thermostat by 7 degrees.

Getting Started

  1. When sweltering summer days hit, opt for a table fan over turning on the air conditioner. Fans are *8* times more efficient when it comes to electricity use, and can be moved to the room you’re currently occupying. *SEEDS foundation “Cost of Using Electricity”
  2. If your home doesn’t come with a zonal thermostat, try opening up all of your windows, and drawing the shades. Sheer white curtains tend to absorb very little heat from the sun, whereas black shades absorb the sunshine and will heat up your home.
  3. When you’re really feeling the heat, run your wrists under cold water. This will cool your blood as it circulates throughout your body, making you feel cooler. At night, keep your windows open, or sleep with an ice pack on your chest.
  4. Keep cool drinks on hand on hot days. Check out some warm-weather drink recipes here.

 

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Methodology

According to the DOE the average American house uses 11,496 kwh per year, with 12% of that going towards cooling.

According to the EPA’s US Annual CO2 Total Output Emission Rate the national mix for grid electricity produces 1216lbs CO2 per MWh.

According to Energy Star 1%-3% of electricity is saved per 1 degree increase in the thermostat setting. For this calculation we average it to 2% per degree or 4% for 2 degrees.

11,496 kwh per home * 1216 lbs CO2 per MWh * 1 MWh/1000kwh = 13,979 lbs CO2 per home/year * 12% cooling = 1,677 lbs/year in cooling * 4% = 68 lbs in saving for increasing temperatures by 2 degrees.

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