When the summer days get too much, it can be all too easy to turn the air conditioning up or use electric fans. This ends up costing a fortune in ene
When the summer days get too much, it can be all too easy to turn the air conditioning up or use electric fans. This ends up costing a fortune in energy bills, especially if we get a good summer in the UK. If you want to save money and do better for the environment, there are plenty of energy-efficient alternatives to keep cool in the middle of summer.
Keep Blinds Closed
Windows can let in a lot of heat as sunlight enters your home and then cannot leave. Whilst it doesn’t seem like much, closing the blinds around your home could lower the temperature by an outstanding 20 degrees. Having blinds installed that are light in colour will ensure more heat is absorbed and will make your home appear less dark during the day.
Install an Awning
If blinds aren’t enough, awnings are another effective way to keep cool in summer. If an awning is placed near the windows that source the most heat, you can look at reducing the amount of heat entering into your home by around 70%. If you are looking for an awning UK, Nationwide can help you to create a beautiful and shady retreat for those hot summer days where you want to make the most of your garden space. Find out more here: https://www.nationwideltd.co.uk/patio-awnings/.
The oven can make your home hotter, so why not skip the indoor cooking and get outside in the sunshine? Take this time to cook outside and use the grill or an outdoor BBQ. Cooking outside has a whole host of advantages and in the UK we only have a short period of time in the whole year when we can get the most from outdoor cooking.
Clean Out Your Air Con
If you do have air conditioning in your home, now is the time to ensure it is clean and all in working order. The more dust that has gathered and is caught in the fans, the more energy will be used to try and achieve the temperature to which it has been set. You won’t get the true benefit from dirty air conditioning, so get cleaning!
Keep Windows Open at Night
The best time to cool your house is at night. People tend to have their windows open in the day to cool down and then shut them at night, as the lights attract insects. You can purchase fly screens which stop insects coming in and allow your home to be cooled naturally, meaning you may not need to turn your air conditioning on at all.
Get New Bedding
If you are finding it most difficult to sleep at night, it may be worth buying new bedding to use during the summertime. Whilst winters in the UK can be cold and require thick duvets, in the summer, it can get to a heat where these are simply far too hot. Rather than turning up the air conditioning all night, find bedding with low togs which can keep you covered but still cool. Following these tips can help you keep cool and more energ