Keeping your home cool in a low cost, energy efficient way may bring a comfortable summer without increasing your energy bills.
Imagine how much energy is used for keeping our houses cool every year. Collectively, we spend more than $15 billion each year on air conditioning. In addition to that imagine all the carbon dioxide produced and fossil burned to produce that kind of energy for running air-conditioning systems at high power.
5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning
When intense heat and humidity makes our lives miserable, we don’t always think of our electric bills or environmental impacts. However, the irony is, the more fossil fuels we burn to keep our houses cool, the warmer our environment gets. Fortunately, we are able to take advantage of some of the latest energy efficient technologies and use our natural cooling knowledge to keep our homes cool while we reduce the environmental impacts. Here are 5 natural ways you could keep your home cool this summer using less energy and reducing our carbon footprints.
1. Reduce load
The more load of hot air we have indoors, the harder our air conditioning has to work, using more energy. Making some simple low budget changes around the house could reduce your load on air conditioner.
Here are some tips on reducing loads:
- Change windows and doors with energy efficient ones.
- Seal and insulate your homes so that heat can’t get in and cool air can’t get out easily.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Unplug and switch off electronics when in standby mode.
- Do your laundry, cooking, ironing, and all other things that need more energy during the off peak hours and cooler part of the day.
- Precooking large quantities of grains or vegetables in the evening can reduce daytime cooking needs and save time throughout the week.
- Keep windows and drapes closed in the morning when the sun heats up and open them in the evening so that air can circulate and cool your home.
2. Get comfortable clothes
Choose comfortable cotton clothes and sheets. Light weight Egyptian cotton is excellent for that. They are breathable and promote ventilation and airflow in the bedroom. Here is a cool trick, stick your sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend using plastic bags before putting them into your freezer, or they might get wet. Using these sheets might relieve you from extreme heat and humidity for several hours at night.
3. Hot water bottle trick
Get a hot water bottle, fill it with water and stick it into your freezer. This bed friendly ice-pack will keep you cool without cranking up your air-conditioner or your electric bills.
4. Fans for cross breeze
Yes, fans too draw power but they use way less electricity than air-conditioning. Creating cross air is a good idea. Place a table fan across from a window so that cool air can circulate in your room from outside. Place two fans for more dramatic effects.
5. Get cold feet
Your feet and toes are very sensitive to temperature. There are many pulse points located on your feet and ankles. If you keep your feet cool, it can cool your entire body. So, find a bucket and fill it up with cool water. Dunk your feet in them and stay cool for hours.
Live a greener life, plant more trees and plants around your house or indoors in containers to keep your environment cool. Learn to take advantage of the Mother Nature’s tricks to keep your home cool during the summer. Using the shades and breeze properly will significantly reduce room temperature. When the outdoor air is cooler, just opening your window and letting cool breeze come in can have a natural cooling effect.
Hope you will enjoy these tips and tricks given here. All these tips can help you in staying cool in the hot summer this year, without using much energy. So, keep the environment cool and your electric bills low.
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