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5 Green Ways To Cool Your Home
Australians are around $2,500 worse off due to summer heat each year per household on average. The money we spend on AC units releases 100 million tonnes of CO2 annually into the atmosphere.
For every AC unit installation in a home, that’s two tons. It is essential to keep cool during hot weather. It can be challenging to stay cool during a heatwave. Are you going to stop making green choices? No! However, there are some green tips that can help us save money and remain cost-efficient.
These five tips will ensure your home is at the optimal temperature without causing any harm to the environment or costing you too much.
It’s essential to take every precaution when it gets hot. Ventilation is one way to keep your home cool during the long summer months. If the temperature in your house starts to rise, you can open the windows at night. Warm air inside your home must be circulated.
Avoid heat-producing appliances
Although most electronic appliances don’t generate much heat when they are used, others do. Avoid using these hot potato appliances: dishwashers, dryers and clothes dryers. These appliances generate heat, which is why they are very efficient and increase your home’s temperature.
These machines should be used only at night and early in the morning. This will allow for cooler temperatures outside. Also, wash dishes by hand and dry clothes instead of drying them with high-energy dryers that heat up indoors. This will prevent your home from warming up even more throughout the day.
Add landscape to help with window shades.
Everyone has the right to a cool living space in their home. You can decrease direct sunlight and save on energy by making simple landscaping changes. By planting tall shrubbery on east-facing sides and west-facing windows, you can reduce direct sunlight exposure by 10 degrees. This will result in less heat for people. If you cannot do this, make sure your AC unit is surrounded by bushy, low-lying plants so that it doesn’t get too hot while it runs continuously throughout the summer.
Quality curtains or blinds
Without ultraviolet rays, the heat of summer can sap all your energy. Window blinds can be used to block out 99% of the light from windows facing west. They also stay in place thanks to magnets. The UV radiation from the sun can cause skin cancer and other health problems such as sunburned eyes. Shade solutions can be used to reduce the risk of skin cancer if you live in a home that has a lot of sun exposure.
Use ceiling fans
Ventilation is essential to keep your home cool and eco-friendly in the summer. Although the above tip is great, there are two ways to take it to the next level: ceiling fans and pedestal fans.
Open windows to both the east and west sides of your house when the night temperatures drop. This will draw air in from one direction while pushing it out the other. Ceiling fans work better than regular fans because they circulate cooler nighttime breezes to speed up ventilation.
Plant trees! Trees provide shade during the summer, but they also cool and moisten the atmosphere. Plant deciduous trees west of your houses, such as maple and ash, will block sunlight in the summer but allow it through the winter.
Evapotranspiration, which is the process of cooling down a place through the release of water vapour from other plant surfaces into our atmosphere, can also make us feel cooler because it creates an “air conditioning effect” on us.