25 Easy Ways to Keep Cool and Cut Air Conditioner Costs
Running an air conditioner during the summer months is a must for most of us who live and work in hot climates.
However, when the temperature rises so does the electricity bill. But what if there was a way to cut air conditioner costs during the summertime while still keeping cool?
Today we’re going to learn a few tips that will help you survive the summer heat without having to bust the bank on air conditioner costs.
25 Ways to Keep Cool While Reducing Your Air Conditioner Bills
- Utilize your ceiling fans: Most homes have ceiling fans in common rooms and bedrooms but most of us don’t use them. During the summer months ceiling fans can be your best friend. They will help keep the air moving around your home making the environment feel much cooler. But remember to set your fans to rotate counter-clockwise to get the most out of them. This is achieved by flipping the selector switch found on the base of the fan to counter-clockwise.
- Cool yourself off with an ice cold drink: One way our ancestors stayed cool was by drinking cold drinks like ice water, ice tea and lemonade. Cool drinks can help regulate body temperature, eliminating the need for an AC. Make sure to put plenty of ice in you drink and keep some in the freezer so that you can get a refill when you need it.
- Let in the night air: During the summer, evening temperatures are much cooler than during the day. A great way to cool down your home is by opening your windows and letting in the night air. This cooler air will often hang around for part of the day keeping your home cool for many hours. But remember to check your window screens and make sure there are no holes in them or you might invite unwanted bugs such as mosquitoes.
- Replace those old incandescent light bulbs: Those old outdated incandescent light bulbs are cheap to buy but will cost you lots of money in the long run. Not only will they eat up electricity, they will also heat up your home. By replacing them with compact fluorescent bulbs your home will remain much cooler and you’ll save money at the same time.
- Cook outside more often: Cooking food either on the stove or in the oven can really heat the house up. While this is great during the winter it can be troublesome during the summer. To avoid heating the house up why not start grilling out more? Cooking on the grill can be fun for the whole family and it will also keep the heat out of your home. There are many things that you can cook on the grill so you don’t need to worry about getting stuck with eating hotdogs and hamburgers all of the time!
- Tint your windows: A great way to keep your home much cooler is to protect it from the sun’s heat. Tinting your home’s windows can help keep UV rays out reduce your home’s overall indoor temperature. The overall cost of installing tint on your windows will be paid for by the savings you will make by not having to run your AC.
- Create a cross-breeze: Open windows on the opposite sides of your house to create a cross-breeze. When the wind blows even slightly it will enter your home and create a cooling effect. Many people in the past used this method to keep their homes cooler. Placing a standing fan at one of the windows and setting it up to blow outwards will help increase this cross-breeze.
- Sleep alone: When you sleep with your partner the body heat between you can really heat things up and not in a good way! Sleeping alone will make you feel much cooler and you will get a much better night’s rest. You and your partner do not have to sleep in separate rooms, only separate beds. After you have practised this for a while, you will understand why people in the past lived this way. Note – sleeping alone might let you get a good nights sleep but this one might perhaps not be the best option for your relationship!
- Rethink your bed: A novel way to reduce nighttime heat is by replacing your bed with an indoor hammock. A hammock allows airflow to surround your entire body which will help dissipate any body heat that you release at night. This will allow you to be much cooler. The cooler your body is during the night the better and deeper you will sleep. Just remember to anchor your hammock securely to one of the beams in your ceiling to prevent you from falling during the night.
- Unplug when you go to bed: Most of our homes are full of electronic devices. These devices, even the small ones, produce heat. This heat only adds to the overall temperature in your home. By unplugging all of your electronics while you sleep it will help cut down on the heat, plus you will help protect those devices from power surges which often occur during the night-time hours. You will also save money on your electricity bill and help cut down on the environmental impact of electricity production through reducing what’s known as vampire draw.
- Install an attic vent fan: A home’s attic holds a huge amount of heat during the summer months. This heat can sometimes find its way down into your home. A great way to reduce this heat is by installing some attic vent fans on the roof of your home. These will pull heat out of the attic and away from your home. You can even use the sun to power these small fans. When the sun rises each morning these fans will come on and start pulling hot air out of the attic before it gets too hot.
- Take a cold shower: You take a warm shower in the winter to warm up, so why not take a cold one in the summer to cool down? A cool or cold shower will reduce your body’s core temperature making you feel much better. A cool shower is also great for the skin and your blood circulation. A cold shower might even help improve your overall health.
- Wear cooler clothing (or even get naked!): To reduce your body’s temperature put on some shorts and wear a t-shirt. Cooler clothing will make you feel much better and you won’t have to worry about having to turn on the AC. You might even want to strip down to your underwear if you live alone. This will keep you cool and no one will even need to know!
- Sleep under the stars: During summer nights a great way to beat the heat is to get out of the house and sleep outside. If you have a backyard why not pitch a tent? This is a great way to spend some quality time with the family. You can create a small campfire, cook up some food and perhaps even take turns telling ghost stories.
- Use a slow cooker: One way to beat the heat is by cooking your meals in a slow cooker. This will help reduce the amount of heat in your kitchen. While cooking outside is your best bet to beat the heat you can’t always do so. When the weather outside is not so great why not use a slow cooker?
- Prepare cooling foods: Salads, sandwiches, milkshakes and cold deserts will help bring down your body’s core temperature. Eating lighter meals will also make you feel better in the heat and tend to be healthier too.
- Hang out your laundry: We all know how hot a clothes dryer can be when it is in operation. Instead of using the dryer, why not hang your wet laundry out to dry? This will make your clothes smell great and you will see a huge difference in the amount you pay for electricity. It doesn’t take a lot of money to install a clothes line and you will love seeing a reduction in your electricity bill.
- Plan your work for early in the morning: If you have hot jobs to do like cooking or baking and you can’t do them outside, why not do them early? Try to do these jobs before the sun comes up and this will allow you to beat the heat of the day. If possible, do them in the early morning hours so that any heat that is built up will have a chance to escape the house before the sun is at its peak.
- Open up your house while cooking: If you have to cook inside make sure to open up all of your doors and windows. This will allow the heat to leave the home which will keep you much cooler. Remember to also turn on your ceiling fans to help push the hot air out. If you have a window in your kitchen you may even want to install a window fan to get even more of the hot air out.
- Leave the house: When it is super hot outside and you get tempted to turn on the AC, why not leave? If you have shopping to do, why not do it during the hottest part of the day. Grocery and retail stores will be nice and cool and you can soak up that cool air for free! If you don’t have any shopping to do, why not go see a movie or go out for a nice long lunch?
- Insulate your home: If your home is more than 10 years old, 9 times out of 10 you are going to have cracks around doors and windows. To help keep the cool air in and the hot air out you’re going to need to seal those holes. Caulking is cheap and it will help keep that dreaded heat out. This will also save you money in the winter by keeping your home nice and toasty without having to turn on the heating as often.
- Take a nap: When it’s hot out you might have noticed your cat or dog is sleeping. This is for a good reason. In order to beat the heat, pets and other animals spend the hottest part of the day sleeping. You too can benefit from sleeping when the temperature has risen. Pick an area of the home that is coolest and take a nap. When you wake up the weather will be much nicer and cooler. There is a reason why lots of people in Spain go for a quick sleep during the day in a long-held tradition called a siesta.
- Cool down with a wet towel: A great way to cool down while at home is by wetting or freezing a towel and applying it to the neck. When your towel has lost its cooling effect simply wet it again and start the process all over again. This is a cheap and affordable way to cool down without the need to run an air conditioning during the summer months. You can also use gel freeze packs wrapped in a towel to get the same result and they will cool you for longer before having to get re-frozen.
- Install a misting system: Do you have a back porch or patio? If so you can benefit greatly by adding a misting system along the perimeter of your porch or patio. A misting system will blow cool mist into the air reducing the temperature in the area. This is a great way to spend the hottest part of the day, along with your favorite ice cold beverage. A misting system is quick and easy to install in just a few hours and they’re surprisingly inexpensive.
- Plant some trees: While this is a long-term heat reducing method, planting some trees around your home will help reduce your home’s internal temperature. Make sure to plant fast growing trees so that you will have shade in the next five years or so. But remember, never plant trees too close to your home because roots could stretch underneath and damage the foundations. In some areas that are prone to harsher weather there might also be a risk that the wind and other elements may cause them to fall into your house. If you’re not too sure get some advice from a local gardener. Plants and trees have many other benefits that go beyond helping keep your home cool. Looking out into a green, lush garden can do wonders for the soul.
Keep Cool This Summer
Now that you know some really great ways to cool down during the summer months, why not try some of them? Most of these tips are very affordable and you won’t have to worry about them breaking the bank. You don’t need to completely stop using your AC, but by cutting down and using some other methods you can save a little money that you can use to treat yourself and your family.
If you want to save some cold hard cash this summer, why not start practising some of these cool tips today and let me know how you get on with them. I’d love to hear your own examples too, just leave them in the comments.
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