The temperature has high over the last few months, the high thirties and extreme amounts of humidity. It affects your mood and ability to live. It’s all well and good to run the AC 24/7 but good chances you’ll get a power bill that’s through the roof. Here is your guide to keeping the bill down but also keeping cool during this heat wave.
Reduce and reflect the sunlight
The amount of sunlight that comes into your home can largely affect the temperature inside your property. There’s plenty of ways to keep the sun out of your property, for example, curtains, blinds or reflective window panels.
Turn off the lights
This one may not be as obvious, but lights (of all kinds, LED, incandescent etc) all produce heat. Turning out the lights will also keep the electricity bills down.
Open & Close the doors
Let’s say the dining area is warmer than the rest of the property, but you’re in the entertainment area which is cooler, we recommend closing the conjoining door as it may reduce airflow, but it’ll also keep the area you’re currently in cooler. If you are running the AC and don’t need a specific room cooled this is also a good way to make sure you’re getting the most of the aircon.
Make it white!
Going back to our first point, white is a reflective shade. By putting white fabric (eg. An old sheet) will reflect the heat off your furniture and property in general.
Increase the airflow when it gets cooler, by opening up the windows and doors once it gets cooler that’ll increase the airflow of your property and push cooler natural air through the property for a cooler night and more comfort.
Reverse the fans
By having the fans in reverse it’ll push the warmth out of the rooms instead of in your direction.
Point box fans out the windows
A lot of people don’t realize this, by pushing the hot air
out of the property using fans it can reduce the inside temperature and your
comfort. Obviously, there is no need to put your $500 Dyson out the window,
Kmart and Target sell fans of around $10-20 which will do the job perfectly
Cut down on the heat produced inside the property
There are a few items that produce a lot of heat, and you may not realize this. Here’s a list of a couple that we thought of,
- Laundry Dryer
- Stove & kitchen in general
- Desktop computers
Obviously, you have to cook, but if you have an outdoor BBQ then it’s an amazing opportunity to open up a beer and cook outside. There’s always appliances you’ll have to use at some point, but you need to be strategic about when you use them.
Remember those $20 fans we were talking about earlier? Well, what if we said you could turn them into your own DIY AC’s? A little bit of a hack that we came across as if you put a bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan then you get an instant AC.