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Boston Beats the Heat: Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home

Gayle Winters

As a premier Massachusetts Real Estate Agent ranking in the top 1% of all REALTORS® nationwide, I am responsible for a wide range of sales and manage...

As a premier Massachusetts Real Estate Agent ranking in the top 1% of all REALTORS® nationwide, I am responsible for a wide range of sales and manage...

Jun 10 1 minutes read

Introduction to Boston Summers

As we all know, Boston summers are as unpredictable as a Red Sox game in extra innings. One day it’s a breezy, comfy 75 degrees, and the next, you’re wondering if you accidentally teleported to the Sahara. That means your energy bills can be just as erratic unless you take some clever steps to maintain a cool yet efficient home. Here's how to keep your Boston abode cool during those humid summer months without breaking the sweat—or the bank.

1. Seal the Deal

Before Boston's humidity levels start mirroring those of a tropical rainforest, inspect your home for air leaks. Seal gaps around windows, doors, and any vents. It’s a simple fix with weather-stripping and caulking, yet it makes a world of difference in keeping the cool in and the muggy out.

2. Insulation: Not Just for Winter

While we’re used to beefing up insulation to keep winter’s chill at bay, it’s just as vital for combatting Boston’s summer swelter. Check the insulation in your attic, walls, and floors. Upgrading your insulation not only helps you chill out during heatwaves but also keeps your home energy-efficient year-round.

3. Energy Star for the Win

When it’s time to replace that ancient fridge or air conditioner, opt for appliances with the ENERGY STAR. They're designed for efficiency and can significantly trim down your electricity bills, which can be particularly high in the Boston Metropolitan Area during those sticky summer months.

4. Embrace the Breeze

On those rare, not-so-steamy Boston nights, take advantage of natural cooling. Open windows to create a cross-breeze, or use window fans to draw in the cooler air. It's a great way to give your A/C a break and enjoy the fresh (albeit sometimes city-scented) air.

5. Sunlight: Blocked

Light-colored curtains or blinds can reflect away a good portion of the sun's heat, making them must-haves for Boston homes in the summertime. They’re especially key if you have windows facing the intense afternoon sun, which can quickly turn your living room into a makeshift sauna.

6. Smart Thermostat, Smarter Savings

Programmable thermostats are a game-changer, allowing you to adjust your home's cooling based on your schedule. Considering Boston’s fluctuating summer temps, setting your thermostat to a cooler temperature only when you need it (like during those notorious August heatwaves) can lead to significant savings.


Nothing beats a well-maintained HVAC system for keeping your Boston home cool. Annual check-ups and regular filter changes ensure it runs efficiently, saving you from unexpected breakdowns during the hottest days when you need it most.

8. Window Upgrades

Consider investing in energy-efficient windows with low-E coatings. These are particularly beneficial in regions like Boston, where the summer sun can be relentless. Not only do they keep your home cooler, but they also protect your furniture from sun damage—a double win.

9. Fan Club Membership

Ceiling fans offer an efficient way to circulate air, making rooms feel cooler. Just ensure they’re spinning counterclockwise during the summer for optimum breezy benefits. They're a New Englander's best friend for those days when the A/C just needs a little help.

10. Go Green

Planting trees around your property won’t just win you points with Mother Nature; it’ll also shield your home from direct sunlight, significantly reducing indoor temperatures. Plus, incorporating green landscaping adds to the overall charm and curb appeal of your Boston-area home.

Concluding Thoughts

Staying cool during Boston’s summer doesn’t have to mean cranking up the A/C and bracing for astronomical energy bills. With a bit of preparation and some smart adjustments, you can enjoy a comfortably cool home that’s both efficient and eco-friendly. So, as we say around here, keep calm and stay cool, Boston.

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