Keeping cool in the summer can be tricky but there are ways to beat the heat. We recommend the below tips to help you and your family stay cool this summer and even save on your electricity bill.
- If your home doesn't have a roof overhang that blocks the summer sun from shining in your windows, consider closing your drapes during the day throughout the summer months to help prevent your house from getting too warm. This is particularity effective on windows that have eastern or western exposures. Even better, consider using drapes with a light-colored backing, as lighter colors reflect more light, keeping your house even cooler. Some people place rolling shades or blinds on the outside of their homes.
- In the evening, do the opposite. Opening your drapes and windows will provide natural cooling by letting the heat escape, and you can enjoy that nice summer breeze.
- During the sunny days of spring and summer, hang wet laundry on a clothesline or outside on hangers. Not only will you increase your energy efficiency, you'll get that nice fresh smell in your clothes. If you don't have a line, set up a drying rack in your backyard. You'll get the same great results.
- Turn your air-conditioning off and use box fans to keep cool.
- Use heat producing appliances such as dishwashers, ovens, ranges, and dryers after 7:00 p.m., if possible.
- Use your outdoor BBQ instead of cooking on your range.
- Be sure your attic, walls, and crawlspaces are adequately insulated, and your attic is adequately vented to the outside.
- Use small electric appliances or a microwave for cooking instead of your stove or oven.