How To Keep Your Home Cool During Summer Without Air Conditioning
If the summer heat is getting too much for you to bear and causing your air conditioning bill to get out of control, then read on to find ways on how to keep yourself and your home cool and save energy cost.
- Close blinds and curtains. Most homeowners don’t know that 20-40 percent of unwanted heat comes from their windows. Installing blinds, shades, curtains, and shutters perth, particularly on the east and west-facing area, can help you lower your indoor temperature by up to 20 degrees, which leads to lowering your energy bills. During intense heat, make sure to also keep your window coverings closed to reduce the heat coming through your windows.
- Grow trees, vines, and other plants. Trees and plants not only create a beautiful green space, but they also help moderate temperature and improve the quality of air. Plant some trees and grow some vines and plants around your home to improve air quality and reduce heat. They have cooling effect, and they are great in blocking sun rays during sunny days.
- Replace your incandescent lights. Incandescent light bulbs can quickly heat up a room, because 90 percent of the energy they used is converted to heat rather than light. Switch to CFLs or LEDs and you’ll make your home cooler while lowering your energy bills. Also, make sure to turn off your lights when you’re not using them.
- Use fans instead of AC. Fans are a good money saver; they cost almost nothing to run while air conditioning units can skyrocket your electric bill. According to carbonrally.com, air conditioning alone is responsible for almost 20 percent of a household’s annual energy bill. So instead of turning on your AC during hot summer, consider using a fan. If the heat comes too much to bear, try to put a bowl of ice in front of your fan to lower the temperature a bit.
- Turn off electronics when not in use. TVs, computers, gaming systems, and other electronics generate heat and use electricity even when sitting idle, so make sure to switch them off (preferably unplug them) when not in use.
- Put off laundry chores. Washers and dryers generate a great amount of heat and humidity, so don’t use them during the heat of the day. If possible, wash your clothes early in the morning or late in the evening when the heat is not yet that intense. Dyers also produce large amount of heat, so use clothes line instead to dry clothes.
- Cook outside. We all know it: Using your oven or stove makes your home hotter as these types of kitchen appliance generate a lot of heat. You don’t want to use them in the summer. But how will you prepare your meal? Purchase a barbecue grill or a stove that you can use at the outside and then cook your vegetables and meat there. Grilling and preparing meals outside are also a great family bonding experience.