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Cooling Your Denver Home: Energy Efficiency Tips for the Summer

Colin Whitenack
Jun 10 1 minutes read

Stay Chill, Denver: Pre-Summer Prep

With Denver's elevation offering us both intense summer sun and cool evening breezes, the challenge of keeping our homes comfortable while controlling energy costs is real. Here’s a mile-high plan to keep your domicile cool without putting your wallet on ice.

1. Air Leak Lockdown

Before the Mile High City hits those long, hot summer days, conduct a thorough check for drafts. Corners around windows, entryways, and any external vents are usual suspects. A bit of weather-stripping or caulk can go a long way in keeping your cool air in and that simmering summer heat out.

2. Insulate, Denver Style

Our Denver winters teach us the value of insulation, but come summer, that lesson turns on its head. Give your attic, walls, and floors a once-over to make sure they’re up to the task of battling the Colorado sun.

3. Energy-Efficient Upgrades

Thinking about a new fridge or washer? Denver's eco-friendly mindset means going for ENERGY STAR-certified appliances. Not only do these help reduce your carbon footprint, but they also keep your energy bills in check—something every Coloradan can appreciate.

4. The Natural Airflow Advantage

Utilize Denver's natural climate cycle. Our cool mornings and evenings are perfect for flushing out hot air. Strategic window opening can help you create a cross-breeze that makes air conditioning feel almost unnecessary (almost).

5. Window Wisdom

When the Colorado sun is at its peak, having the right window coverings can make a difference. Opt for light-reflecting shades to keep the heat off. And remember, they can be stylish as well as functional.

6. Smart Thermostat Settings

In Denver, the difference between day and night temperatures can be dramatic. A programmable thermostat can adapt to these changes, ensuring your air conditioning isn’t fighting an uphill battle when it doesn’t need to.


A well-maintaining heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is key, especially when it swings from heating to cooling. A yearly check-up and regular filter changes are your HVAC’s best friends.

8. Window Upgrades for the Win

Energy-efficient windows can be a game-changer in the Denver climate. Look for models with low-E coatings to reduce heat transfer—a move that pays off year-round in our extreme weather city.

9. Fan Out

Ceiling fans in Denver homes don't just circulate air; they create an evaporative cooling effect that can significantly improve comfort during those dry summer days.

10. Green Thumb Cooling

Leveraging landscaping for shade not only beautifies your property but can also protect your home from the intense Denver sun. Consider planting deciduous trees on the south and west sides—they’ll offer shade in the summer but let sunlight through in the winter.

In Denver, staying cool and being energy efficient don’t have to be mutually exclusive. With these tips, you can enjoy a comfortable home that’s kind to both your budget and the environment. Whether it’s through smart upgrades or leveraging our natural climate, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat in the Mile High City.

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