How to Cool Down Your House While Staying Sustainable

  • By Strive Fuel Team
  • 22 Jun, 2017

It's summer, and it's hot. It’s hard to keep your house cool during these hot months of summer without breaking the bank, let alone harming the environment. Here are some sustainable practices to cool down your home without hurting your wallet or the environment: 

Cover your windows. These bright sunny days make for great summer activities, but a lot of the heat that gets in the house comes through windows. When the sun shines through, it warms up the room. Use curtains to cover the windows. This gives you control of the amount of sunlight entering your home. You can also use shutters and work from the outside before the heat has a chance to get inside.  

Seal draughts. Heat can sneak into your home through the cracks under doors and around windows. Sealing drafts can help prevent the unwanted heat, and make it easier to cool down your home. Seal cracks with fillers around the window and door frames. Use draught strips and weather-seals to seal gaps under doors. If you are trying to cool your home on a tighter budget, try pushing a towel under your door to prevent heat from slipping in!

Ventilate your home. If the weather cools down for a day or an evening, try ventilating by opening your windows and doors. This will flush out the warm air and let in the cooler air from outside!

Turn off your fans when you’re not in the room. Although fans move air around your home, they don’t cool the air. So, turn those fans off while you’re out. This will lower your electricity usage without losing any cool air.

On that note, turn up your AC when you’re not home. If you go to work every day, turn up your thermostat when you leave. Did you know that you use 1-3 percent less energy for every degree that is set above 72? When you get home, turn the thermostat back down to your liking. Remember to turn off your AC when you leave town. Don’t cool a home when no one is there to enjoy it! It will lower your electricity bill and your energy use.

Insulate your home. Thinking of remodeling? Put in new insulation to block out the heat. Using foams and blown cellulose in the attic will help keep the rest of your house cool.

Plant some shade. ‚Äč Consider adding plants or trees to your landscape to keep your home cool. If the heat is blocked by the shade of trees it won’t be in your home. Talk to your landscaper about some options that will best shade your home.

Keeping your home cool is hard on your wallet, but it doesn’t have to be! Use these tips to keep your home cool and eco-friendly. 

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1. Reuse Reuse Reuse!
Throughout the year, keep an eye out for things that could replace decorations you have bought in the past. Old bed sheets can turn into ghosts. Styrofoam can easily be cut into whatever shape you like!

2. Make your own costume.
Keep around old clothing that could be turned into a costume. For example, old t-shirts, black shorts, any neutral clothing that can easily be painted or dyed. Shop at thrift stores! Thrift stores can hold treasures that can complete your Halloween costume. Get the kids involved with their own costumes. Let their imagination take the lead.

If the costume has been worn and you see no further use for it, don’t throw it away. Take the costume to a local shelter, thrift-store, or daycare. Better yet talk to your friends and neighbors about hosting a costume swap for the next year!

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