For most of North America, autumn is slowly returning, bringing all things pumpkin-spiced in her wake. But for those who have yet to feel the cooler temps, the AC is likely still cranked and you’re left wondering how much longer it’s going to be so hot. While we can’t predict the weather patterns in your town, we’ve come up with a few tips for cooling your home without jacking up your electric bill or expanding your carbon footprint. And for next summer, be sure to implement these great ideas once you feel the first heat wave!
- Get that cross-breeze going by opening windows on opposite ends of a room. When the wind blows in one door or window, it cools the space while picking up the hot air and taking it out the other opening. Even if it’s warm outside you can still get some completely free ventilation thanks to the two open portholes.
- Close the blinds and draw those shades to make your home up to 20 degrees cooler – without spending a dime! By allowing the sun to shine in, you’re basically turning your home into a greenhouse – excellent for growing plants, not so great when it comes to keeping you cool.
- If you haven’t set foot in an extra bedroom or den since the December holidays, close the air vents and shut the doors to those spaces. By sectioning off unused parts of your home, the AC can focus its efforts on the rooms where you and your family spend time. Come wintertime, this same tip keeps rooms warmer without having to hike up the heat.
- What do you get when you put ice cubes in a mixing bowl and tilt it toward a fan? A 100% free cooling system.
- Stop cooking and doing laundry. Well, at least stop using the stove, oven and dryer. These large appliances expel lots of hot air, heating up your kitchen, laundry room and the surrounding spaces. For cooking, use smaller appliances such as toaster ovens, crock pots or microwaves, and hang your clothes out to dry for major savings and a cooler home.
Keep on keepin’ it cool and for more information and tips for living a green, sustainable and uber-cool lifestyle, stay connected to the Just Energy website and make sure to like Just Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!