Things can get sweaty in summer, even here in Vermont. But with a little ingenuity and these time-tested tips you can keep things cool without sending your electricity bill or your greenhouse gas emissions through the roof.
1. Close your windows
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It seems counter-intuitive, but on a hot summer day, opening windows will often make your home warmer, not cooler. Open windows at night if the air outside is cooler than the air inside, then close them in the morning, along with blinds, shades and drapes, before the sun hits your house.