keeping shades to cover your windows in the summer is a cost-effective way to keep your home cool

5 Cost-Effective Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool During Summer

While air conditioning can be a lifesaver during the warmer months, many of us are on the lookout for strategies to reduce our energy bills. Here are five ways you can make air conditioning your home more cost-effective.

1.) Close the blinds

Sunlight heats up your home more than you know. Use shades, blinds and curtains to keep your house from becoming warm and to prevent your AC unit from working too hard. Pay attention to the south- and west-facing windows. If you want to go a step further, consider getting blackout curtains.

2.) Shut off unused rooms

It’s no use having your unit cool down rooms you aren’t using or areas of the house that are naturally cold, such as the basement. By closing off unused rooms, it’s easier and more cost-efficient to cool the rest of your home.

Use the opposite strategy at night. If you turn off the air conditioning and open the windows, keep your doors open so that the cool air can spread throughout your home.

3.) Fire up the grill

Using your oven or stove in summer just adds to the heat, so don’t be shy about grilling if you have the option. Don’t have a barbecue? Salads and other cold dishes will keep you cool and don’t require using your stove or oven!

4.) Switch on the fans

If you’re looking to save some money, you should use ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioning system. Just make sure the fans are rotating counter-clockwise. When ceiling fans rotate clockwise they draw air up and when they rotate counter-clockwise they force air down, creating a wind chill effect.

5.) Go fluorescent

If you still use incandescent bulbs, consider switching to fluorescent ones. Incandescent bulbs lose 90 per cent of the energy they emit in heat. Fluorescent ones, on the other hand, only lose about 30 per cent of their energy in heat and therefore help reduce air conditioning costs. They also require less energy to function, further lowering your power bill.


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