Summer is in FULL swing, and regardless of which part of the country you are lucky enough to live in, one thing is for certain: it’s HOT!!!!
Keeping your home cool in the middle of this heat wave doesn’t have to mean resorting to purchasing an expensive air conditioning unit, installing central air, driving up the cost of your monthly electric bill, or using more energy than normal.
The National Association of Realtor’s reported that up to 40% of a household’s annual energy use can go into cooling your home.
Luckily, there are a multitude of ways to keep your home cool in an environmentally friendly, and affordable type of way. Leveraging small swaps, or simple tips add up and make a difference. It’s time to save money AND save energy at the same time!
9 Simple Energy Efficient Tips to Keep Your Home Cool:
1. Keep your windows open in the evening: When the temperature drops at night, take advantage of the cooler dip in the air. Opening windows during the night hours will ventilate your home by letting the hot air escape, and allowing the cool breeze in.
2. Close your blinds: While this might seem simple, it can make a tremendous impact on the overall temperature of your home. Up to 30% of unwanted heat comes into your home through windows, so by closing your blinds, lowering the shades, and keeping your shut closed during the hours of peak sunlight can lower the temperature in your house by up to 20 degrees!
3. Grill instead of bake: Cooking with the oven is one of the biggest culprits of unnecessary heat in your home. When it’s 90 degrees outside, the LAST thing you want to do is turn the oven up to 350 degrees to add to the sauna! Take advantage of the patio furniture and nice weather and grill up some burgers instead!
4. Cool down with a diffuser: Mix cold water with a few drops of essential oils into your aromatherapy diffuser. This will actually cool down the room and purify the air at the same time.
5. Shut the doors in any unused rooms: Don’t allow the cool air to permeate into rooms you are not using during the hottest parts of the day. Close off your guest room, bathroom, and laundry room if you don’t spend much time in them during the day.
6. Choose the correct fan rotation: Fans need to be adjusted seasonally. In the hotter summer months, be sure to set your fan to rotate counterclockwise. This allows for a higher speed, and the airflow will create a stronger breeze that filters throughout the rooms of your home.
7. Repaint your roof: Painting your roof a lighter color, such as taupe, tan, or light grey, will assist in deflecting the direct sunlight, keeping your home cooler overall.
8. Replace your incandescent lightbulbs: Believe it or not, incandescent bulbs were reported to waste nearly 90% of their energy in the summer, so replacing the bulbs with a more environmentally friendly choice will make a difference in cooling down your house, and in your monthly electric bill!
9. Be strategic with landscaping: Plant trees, flower bushes, or tall shrubs near windows to provide shade during the warmer parts of the day and shield your home from the sun’s powerful rays.
None of these simple swaps will break the bank, and they will certainly help keep your home cool!