Simple cost-cutting Ways to keep cool this summer
1. Close your blinds
Approximately 30 per cent of a home’s heat comes from your windows. So, if you have curtains or blinds then it makes sense to close them. Not only will these save your money but will significantly lower the temperature of the room. For extra points invest in black curtains as they block out the sun. Or you can use neutral coloured curtains with a white plastic backing.
2. Shut your doors
Closing doors, windows and curtains during the heat of the day can help the house stay cooler than outside. Ceiling fans provide air movement to make you feel cooler.
Opening the house as much as possible from late afternoon to early morning is beneficial if overnight temperatures will fall below your inside temperature.
3. Turn your fan into an Airconditioner
Find a bowl and fill it with ice or even an ice pack. Now place this iced container at an angle to your fan and feel the cool breeze. This is an excellent way to keep cool.
How to keep your home cool without an airconditioner
4. Swap your sheets and cool your bed
This is simple enough. Flannel and heavy blankets are good at retaining heat. On the other hand, cotton is able to breathe easier and therefore does not hold the heat as much. You may want to invest in a memory foam bamboo pillow that will keep you cool and comfortable. Alternatively you can purchase Chillow to put under your head while you sleep. For feet, you can fill and freeze a water bottle before placing it at the foot of your bed.
As we know heat rises. So, you may want to sleep in the lowest part of the house or put your mattress on the floor.
5. Setting the ceiling fans rotation
In summer have your ceiling fans run counter-clockwise. During the summer you want the fan to blow air straight down, so your ceiling fan needs to run in a counter-clockwise direction as you look up at it. The warmer it is, the higher the speed should be. Set at a higher speed, the fan’s airflow will create a wind-chill breeze effect that will make you feel cooler.
6. Cool your own body
Try placing cold cloths on parts of your body that pulses such as your neck and wrists. Wear clothing that is light and made of fabrics such as cotton that breathe. Also, try keeping a bowl of cool water by your bed and dipping your feet if you feel warm in the middle of the night.
7. Turn on your bathroom fans.
Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans are designed to extract warm air. Turning these on can reduce the amount of hot air.
8. At night let in the air
Once the temperature begins to fall ventilate the home by open windows and doors. As demonstrated in the video having a fan sucking out warm air from one corner of the house can help cool the home quickly. This creates a wind tunnel to force the perfect cross breeze.
9. Change to LED Lights
If you have incandescent lights then change them to LED. LED bulbs use over 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. At low power levels, the difference is larger. Bright LED flood lamps use only 11 to 12 watts while creating a light output comparable to a 50-watt incandescent. Incandescent lights by way of their design emit heat.
10. Start cooking outside
Naturally, if you are using your oven or stove then you are going to heat the home. So, if you have an outdoor cooker then take advantage of it. Plus it can always be a bit more fun when the family uses this style of cooking.
15. Make a few long-term improvements.
Some people just don’t like airconditioning. If you are one of these then a couple of suggestions may help. Try insulating your windows with film as they work similarly to blinds. Environmentally you may want to plant some trees that can help shade your home.