7 Tips for Keeping Cool This Summer
7 Tips for Keeping Cool This Summer
There’s nowhere quite like Australia in summer — we’re famous for our beaches, cricket and backyard barbies. But to enjoy this season, we have to combat the high temperatures and the sun that’s heating our homes. Here are 7 easy tips from our Summer Checklist. You’ll be surprised at what you can do without breaking a sweat.
1. Turn off the lights and TV
You’d be surprised how much household lights can affect the temperature of a room on hot summer days. Turn off all heat sources such as lamps, plug-in power adapters, your computer and the TV when you’re not using them. Anything electrical in your home ultimately turns into heat, so anything not being used should be turned off at the wall.
2. Keep the heat out
Keep the heat out of your house by closing the windows and blinds before the sun hits your property in the morning. This is particularly important for windows along the northern and western side of your property. Awnings, deciduous trees and pergolas with deciduous vines are great options because they give you shade in summer and sun in the winter.
When the cool of the night comes, open the house back up again and let the cool breeze circulate. Many areas in Australia have hot days and cool nights so you can use this to your advantage.
3. Get the air moving
Moving air, even a little, makes a big difference, plus it has the added benefit of saving on energy costs and consumption. Having doors and windows aligned will help here – so when you open the house up cross ventilation can easily flow each room, but best to do this in the evening when the temperature is cooler.
Another way to increase air circulation and cool your room down in a low energy way is to install ceiling fans or use a portable fan. Consider turning the fan on in the first instance instead of the air conditioner as they cost almost nothing to run.
4. Air conditioning thermostat
Hot weather can make you feel like you want to turn your air conditioning right down, but cooling to 26 degrees will still keep you comfortable and save you money. Setting your thermostat to just one degree cooler can increase your cooling bill by 15% according to Environment Victoria.
5. Strategically placed trees
Nature can help you keep your home cool and help reduce your energy bills. Whilst this is not an instant fix, consider planting a deciduous tree on the east and west sides of your home to help keep solar heat from direct contact with windows and roofs.
It is also recommended to plant shrubs around air conditioning units to protect them from the beating sun. If you are able to plant or place pots under north facing windows, they will help absorb some of the heat and help keep your home cooler.
6. Insulate and seal the house
Insulation doesn’t just keep your home warm in winter, it also has the added benefit of keeping it cool in summer, particularly if you use both bulk insulation (big batts) and foil insulation (thin sheets). According to Environment Victoria, insulation can cut your energy use by 45%!
It is also worth improving the sealing around all windows and doors and perhaps considers adding glazing to your windows.
7. Reduce your AC load
If you own an air conditioner there are ways you can help reduce the load and its energy consumption. Close your windows and blinds so the AC can function as effectively as possible. Use the AC only on the hottest days and remember to turn the system off when you are out.
Any external AC units should be installed on the southern or shaded side of the property and make sure when you are choosing one that it is the right size for your space.
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7 Tips for Staying Cool, Covered and Careful in the Summer Heat
- Protect yourself from sun exposure. Wear protective clothing, such as hats, UV ray sunglasses and loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs. Beware of the strong, skin-searing midday sun from 10:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon.
- Don’t leave home without sunscreen protection. Use a sunscreen and lip balm with sun protection factors (SPF) of 30 or higher. Apply evenly to all the skin that will be exposed to the sun, including the nose, ears, neck, scalp and lips.
- Check your medicine cabinet. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist and learn about any medicines you take that may increase your sensitivity to the sun.
- Commit to wearing a hat. Choose a hat that provides the best coverage of your face, temple, ear and neck areas. It’s not always your favourite baseball cap.
- Don’t forget your eyes. Always wear sunglasses with a high UV rating (100 is the best rating) to protect your eyes while working outdoors.
- Keep your cool. When working outside, stay as cool as possible—find a cool place to rest or take breaks.
- Drink up and drink often. Don’t depend on thirst to signal when and how much to drink. Keep your body well-hydrated with plenty of liquids all day long—drink about 6 to 8 ounces of water, sports drinks and other caffeine-free beverages every 15 to 20 minutes.
7 Tips for Keeping your Energy Bills Down this Summer
Summer is almost here. As we look forward to the upcoming months enjoying outdoor activities and warmer weather, we probably aren’t looking forward to the energy bills that are to come. Use these tips to conserve energy during the summer.
1. Don’t use the clothes dryer – Especially during the hottest part of the day. Hang them up to dry outside or in the laundry room. You’ll not only save energy but also keep from heating your home in the process.
2. Implement different modes of cooking – Using the oven will contribute to heating up your home. Instead, fire up the grill, cook on the stove top, use the microwave, or eat something that doesn’t need to be heated up like a salad or sandwich to help keep your home cool.
3. Keep the blinds and curtains closed – Don’t invite the sun in. Shut the blinds and close your curtains during the day to keep the sun and the heat out too.
4. Use a ceiling fan – Utilize the ceiling fan to keep from running the thermostat too low. These can make the room feel cooler than what it actually is. Make sure the fan runs counter clockwise so the air blows straight down.
5. Replace light bulbs – Get rid of any incandescent light bulbs and replace them with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light-emitting diodes (LED). These different lighting methods will be cooler than the traditional incandescent light bulbs.
6. Stay in or out – Don’t run in and out your house unnecessarily. The heat and humidity will follow and aid in warming your home.
7. Wear light clothing – Consider wearing thin and loose clothing. This will help keep you cool and hopefully help you avoid messing with the thermostat.
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