While summer typically ushers in some fun activities, it also leads to hotter temperatures. As a result, you will be tempted to crank up that air conditioning unit in a bid to stay cool. Although effective, the more you run you’re A/C, the higher your energy bills. There are a few simple ways to keep your home cool without racking up costs:
Freeze a Water Bottle
A clever hack many people use to stay cool in the summer is to take a full water bottle and put it in the freezer. Once all the water turns to ice, place the bottle on its side at the foot of the bed. You can also use a flat ice pack and place it under your pillow. This will keep you cool while you sleep, allowing for a better night’s rest.
Install Exterior Shades
Exterior shades are a great way to keep your home cool while reducing your energy bill. They block the sun’s ultraviolet rays, as well as glare, which reduces the heat around your home. This also allows you to enjoy your outdoor living space more.
The ZipRite Shade is a popular option that allows you to create an entirely enclosed outdoor room, as the shade zips all the way down to the ground. Not only does this reduce heat, but it keeps bugs and debris out and creates an outdoor space you can enjoy no matter the weather.
Let Plants Cool You Down
If you have a balcony, you can use tall, potted plants to create shade and absorb sunlight. Strategically place them around your balcony to catch the light at various angles. This will ensure shade is cast no matter where the sun is in the sky.
Install Retractable Screen Doors
Retractable screen doors are a convenient way to keep your house from getting too hot during summer as the screen allows ventilation. You can install them on your front and back doors to create a refreshing cross-breeze when the doors are open at the same time. When not in use, simply retract the screen into its metal housing unit; housing units are available in a variety of colors to match your door frame.
Retractable screen doors are a great way to let the cool breeze or evening air in while keeping bugs and debris out.
Use the Grill
Cooking outdoors is a great way to keep indoor temperatures low. Using the stove or oven to cook generates heat that can make your home feel stuffy. By using the grill instead, you can keep the heat outside.