10 Clever Ways to Keep Cool This Summer - Whilst Being Energy Efficient
With temperatures on the rise and a heatwave sweeping Europe this week everyone is just trying to keep cool. Our team at Daylight Energy have put together our top 10 ways to beat the heat this summer, without a huge electricity bill and big impacts on the environment…
Windows - Open or Closed?
Open your windows at night and set up a fan with a bowl of ice in front to force the breeze, but make sure you close your windows and blinds before things heat up in the morning. The ice will cool the air that the fan is circulating for you. This will get you the most out of the cooler air overnight.
It’s All In The Material
Try using cotton sheets in the summer months as this material is breathable and allows heat to leave the body, thanks to Huffington Post for this great tip. A top choice for clothing is linen as it is also breathable due to its loose weave and is more rigid than other materials, meaning it won’t stick to your skin.
Our Shade Secret
Shading your rooms is particularly important in south and west facing areas of your home. Make sure to keep the windows, blinds and curtains closed (unless your curtains are dark and thick as these can trap heat) and try using outdoor shading. Deciduous trees and bushes are a clever way to deal with heat as they let the sun through in winter when at their sparsest, and blocks the sun rays in summer when the leaves come through, more information on planting trees for for shade can be found here. Just make sure they are a good distance from the home so their root systems don’t run riot in places you don’t want them to. Bushes and hedges can also help reduce a bit of noise pollution.
Try opening the top sections of windows on the downwind side of the property and the bottom section on the upwind side, thanks to treehugger.com for this helpful tip. This will suck the air through your home and create a cooling effect throughout.
Beat the Humidity
This is one of people’s greatest hates in summer - that feeling of being hot and sticky is something we all hate! To help combat this, try to decrease your time spent in the shower and hang your wet washing outside. If you don’t have space to hang washing outside, invest in a dehumidifier (but don’t forget to check the energy usage and efficiency) to keep the humidity in your home as low as you can. This humidity can make the temperature feel a lot worse than it is.
Ovens and hobs give out a lot of heat that can move around the home. Try eating cooler meals such as salads that require no use of appliances, and also reduce your energy use. If you do want something hotter, try to use a microwave more which gives off less heat. If you do have to use bigger appliances, make sure to open the windows or a back door if it is part of the kitchen and shut any doors to the rest of the property. This will encourage the hot air out of the property rather than throughout it. Or, even better, head outside and crank up the BBQ!
Bad News! That dishwasher will make the house hotter and more humid, sorry! Try washing the dishes by hand in water of a comfortable temperature. If you hate washing up in bulk, wash as you go.
Utilise Your Freezer
If you have a hot water bottle, fill this with cold water and put in the freezer before you go to bed. Or, even better, lightly spray your sheets and pillowcases about 30 minutes before bed and put in the freezer to cool nicely.
Water Bottle Magic
Tired of that water in your bottle becoming lukewarm far too quickly? Part fill your water bottle and lie it flat in the freezer overnight. This will create a block of ice down one half of your bottle. Top up before you go out, down the other side of the ice. This will keep your drink cooler for longer.
Ditch the Standby
A final tip that will also bring down your electricity bills and keep areas cooler. Make sure you unplug lamps or electronic devices when you’re not using or charging them. These let off heat as a waste energy (think about your phone or laptop when it has been on charge) as they draw electricity from the outlet. Thanks to OVO Energy for this energy saving tip).