8 Ways to keep your home cool this summer

As it heats up, it’s tempting to turn your air conditioning on or to sit yourself in front of the nearest fan. But these aren’t the only ways of keeping cool this summer. It turns out that there are plenty of ways to keep your home cool without racking up the electricity bill.

Keep your cool, and

1.Keep your blinds closed.

As simple as it may seem, 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows. Keeping your blinds and curtains closed can reduce your power bills by up to 7% and lower indoor temperatures by up to 10 degrees.

2. Unplug.

Everything that you have plugged into a power point produces heat. Unplug all of the unnecessary appliances or electronics when not in use. Even a phone charge that isn’t being used will produce heat, particularly in a smaller room.

3. Let the night air in.

During the summer months, temperatures can drop significantly at night. Make the most of the cool air by opening some windows at night. You can even create wind tunnel by strategically opening windows of opposite ends of your home to create the perfect breeze.

4. Use efficient lighting.

A traditional 100 watt light bulb can increase heat by 11 degrees per hour in a small room. Changing your old light bulbs to an LED version can reduce heat as they don’t produce radiation.

5. Use your bbq.

If it already feels like 30 degrees in your home, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven on. Using your oven or stove in summer is going to make your house hotter. Using your bbq whenever possible is a great way to to keep your house cool and who doesn’t love enjoying the summer weather eating meals outdoors.

Use your range hood while cooking and your bathroom vents while showering to keep hot air out of your home. Trying to save on your electricity bill during summer isn’t just about your wallet, it’s also about doing your part for our environment.

6. Plant some trees.

A tree in full bloom can block out over 70% of solar radiation from entering your home. Planting shade providing trees and plants can not only cool down your home but also add to the beautiful landscape of your yard.

7. Insulate your home.

Insulating your roof and walls will not only keep your home cool during summer, it will also help keep your home warm during winter. Installing high quality insulation will greatly reduce both your cooling and heating bills.