Summer heat is on its way and so are the cooling costs that come with it. Every homeowner out there wants to find a way to keep cool without the high cost of running that air conditioner. Here are some old tried and true methods to keep both the temperature and your electric bill down.
1. Close The Blinds
As much as 30% of increased heat in a home comes from direct sunlight streaming in through windows and doors. Simply lowering the blinds or closing the curtains can lower your power bill by as much as 7%.
2. Close the Doors
If there are rooms in your home that you don’t use, try closing their doors and keeping the cool air in the area of the house where you spend the most time. Also, be sure to keep your exterior doors closed as much as possible during the heat of the day.
3. Open the Windows
Here’s an old tip that still works as good today as it did years ago: open your windows during the night to allow that cool air into your home and close them early in the morning. You can make this old trick even more effective by placing box fans in the windows, facing out. to remove heat from your home.
4. Rotate Fans Correctly
Ceiling fans are a fabulous way to cool off a room without the expense of air conditioning. Just make sure that your fans are rotating counter-clockwise to create the wind-chill effect. Most fans have a switch that changes the direction of rotation.
5. Barbecue More Often
Cooking during the summer heats up the house, there’s just no way around it. By changing your typical meal plans to incorporate more outdoor meals, crockpot dishes, and no-cook meals you’ll reduce the overall heat in your home and make it easier to keep cool.
6. Stay Cool From the Inside Out
An effective way to keep cool during the summer, without air conditioning, is to keep your body temperature better regulated by drinking enough water, wearing clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton, and using a damp cloth on your skin to feel cooler.