ven if you have an Air Conditioner, reducing your need for it would not just reduce power consumption, but also save you cost. Here are five tricks to keep your house cool. 1. Close your windows.
It may seem unreasonable, but on hot days, opening the windows will often make your home warmer, not cooler. When night falls, if the air outside is cooler than inside, open the windows wide, particularly those facing towards the direction of prevailing winds so you can take advantage of cross ventilation. This will allow cool night air to circulate, and prevent a good deal of the heat from the sun from warming up your home. Be sure to close the windows and blinds before the sun is out in the morning. 2. Shut off the lights.
While modern lightening, like compact fluorescents and LED's are more efficient, incandescent light bulbs can emit as much heat as the light they produce. Its always good to shut off lights when not in use, to save energy, but on hot days, it is important to shut off the lights to keep the room temperatures down. The same goes foe most electronics. Even in standby mode, most electronics remain hot. Consider unplugging any device that is not needed. 3. Install window awnings.
Awnings are canopies made of canvas to shelter you from rain and sun. Installing them serve the same purpose as planting trees, saving you money on electrical bills and cut down the heat absorbed into your home. This is best alternative for those who don't have enough space to plant trees. 4. Plant trees strategically.
Your house gets hot because of the direct heat from the sun beating down on it. Let nature help reduce your energy bills by planting deciduous trees on the east and west sides of your home. Also you can plat trees or shrubs to shade high-heat areas. Siting under a shady tree on a hot day isn't a bad idea you know. 5. Use fans strategically.
If you use ceiling fan, make sure your fan is running in the right direction. On a sunny day, you should feel the breeze from your fan blowing down, using ceiling fans during rainy season is also a good idea to create an updraft. With stand-alone fans as well, when placed directly in front of you will keep you cool. And remember, ceiling fans cools people and not the room, so turn it off when leaving the room.