Summer is officially here and the heat is in full blast. With all these recent overcast days, the sun is more than welcomed, but there are times when the heat can be unbearable. Our AC units are running all day and night, causing electric bills to skyrocket, and chances are we’re not even getting the most out of the cold air. Broadley’s wants to help by offering a few other suggestions for keeping your house cool, that require minimal work at little or no cost.Close Curtains and BlindsDid you realize how much heat was coming in through your windows? You can lower the temperature of a room by almost 20 degrees from keeping your blinds closed.Set Ceiling Fans to Spin Counter-ClockwiseCeiling fans should actually be adjusted seasonally. They should spin counter-clockwise during the summer at higher speeds.Avoid Closing DoorsWhen you close off rooms, you prevent cool air in other parts of the house from reaching the closed rooms. Keep doors open to keep a constant airflow. Sleeping with the door and windows open is also a good idea since you can capitalize on the night’s cooler air.Turn On Exhaust FansHave exhaust fans in your bathroom or kitchen? Turn them on to help pull hot air out after cooking or showering.Stay Away from Incandescent LightsIncandescent bulbs tend to waste around 90% of their energy in the heat they emit. You should consider switching to CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps). Also, no matter what type of lighting you have, as all lighting gives off some type of heat, try to keep them off when not needed. Take advantage of those long daylight hours!Unplug Unused AppliancesYour appliances and gadgets give off heat even when not in use. When you are not using them, especially at night, make sure to unplug to reduce heat and save energy.Feel your house cooling already? Thinking of the money you’re saving on those utility bills? Sit back and relax for the rest of the summer! These tips and tricks are great for saving money and boosting the air flow from your AC system, but if your cooling system is on the fritz, give us a call. Not only do we provide repairs and installations, but we offer state-of-the-art Ductless Cooling system that keeps every room in your home comfortable through all seasons. Want to learn more or know you need help now? Give Broadley’s a call at (609) 390-3907 to speak to a Comfort Advisor and receive a no obligation assessment.
The women’s basketball team took on No. 9 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion Friday evening in the first of two back-to-back meetings. While the Bruins protected their home court with a 59-46 victory, the Trojans fought hard against a team with two of the top players in the country. Senior forward Kristen Simon shoots a free throw. Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanThe Bruins came out strong with a 10-0 run for the lead, in which they wouldn’t lose. However, USC showed they were not going to back down and stayed competitive until the very end.“It was a defensive game and they jumped on us early,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “They got up and did a really good job defensively. I felt like we came back and cut it to nine to start the fourth and you know, we’ve got like an iron woman five that plays a lot of minutes for us and they play hard and you know they get after it.”The five starters continued their trend of playing full game minutes, aside from junior guard Aliyah Mazyck who got into early foul trouble. Senior forward Kristen Simon played 38 of the 40 minutes and finished with her 26th career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Simon’s main task was containing and getting past UCLA star forward Monique Billings. While Billings had the height advantage, Simon’s ability to fight for rebounds and make plays kept her and her team in the game. Despite her stature, Simon proved that she is a force to be reckoned with in every game.“[Simon] is like Billings,” Trakh said. “She is a walking double-double. That kid has got a huge heart and she just battles all the time being undersized … She’s just strong and I thought in that game when we first started that she would be undersized and they would defensively be a problem, but she’s been a great defensive player for us too, so I am very very proud of what [Simon] is able to do. She’s just been a great kid to coach.”While the Trojans fell short on Friday, they have another chance to face the Bruins. This time though, they will play at the Galen Center with their home crowd behind them. Even though it is a quick turnaround, the team is able to make the changes they need, while the loss is fresh on their minds. “We’re building and we just gotta keep working and keep grinding and hopefully at our place we will be able to knock down a few more shots,” Trakh said. “But, you know, we scored 46 points … They’ve been doing a really really good job, so we’ve got to watch the tapes, make adjustments …. It’s hard to contain them athletically with what they do, but like I said, I was proud of the effort that the kids put forward.”If anything, having lost once to the Bruins gives the Trojans an even better reason to come back and beat them the second time around. “I think just putting the ball in the basket honestly [will be the key to Monday’s game],” sophomore guard Minyon Moore said. “I think we did good rotating the ball and I think we just didn’t get good shots up. I think we just need to go to practice tomorrow and Sunday and work on our offense.”Along with preparing on the court, the team will also need to get their mindset and attitude in check before their game against the Bruins Monday. “You know, they got us once, but we come back on Monday,” Moore said.“We just need to stay together, fresh start, 0-0.”The Trojans will face the Bruins at Galen Center Monday night at 6 p.m.