Here are some tips to keep your home a bit cooler this summer, and save on your power bill
1. Block the sun out
It may seem obvious, but many people love to let the light in and have sun streaming through the window. But, if you’re wondering how to keep your house cool in summer, you may need to resist the temptation and keep curtains and blinds closed during the day.
2. Open windows and balcony/garden doors in the morning and at night
During the middle of the day you should keep windows closed, so it’s best to open doors and windows first thing in the morning and late afternoon – basically after the hottest part of the day has been and gone. The trick is to keep air moving through your home.
3. Eat outside if you can – and don’t use the oven
Make the switch to BBQ eating – no one wants to be stuck in a kitchen with the oven on, not when it feels like you’re IN an oven already.
4. Turn off unused appliances
Like ovens, other appliances around the house will generate unwanted heat into a home over the summer.
5. Turn lights off and invest in energy-saving lightbulbs
Light bulbs are another source of heat in homes and should be kept off when trying to cool your house down.
The type of lightbulb you choose can also have a big impact on their heat-generating abilities.
6. Invest in some house plants
Plants act as natural air conditioners and generate moisture into the atmosphere through a process known as transpiration.
7. Use a fan to cool down a room
A top tip when using fans to cool down is to leave a large bowl of mounded ice in front of it while it’s working. This will circulate cooler air around the room and function like a makeshift AC.
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