Summer is coming…

Time to escape high energy heat? Here are some tips to help keep you cool this summer.

When the cold tap starts giving you hot water, the eggs start cooking on the footpath, and the dogs start walking when they’re chasing the cats, it’s time to slip slop slap and escape the high energy trap.

Here are some tips to help keep you cool this summer.

Air conditioning

Q: What did the air conditioner say to the man?

A: I’m your biggest fan!

Air conditioners can really add to energy bills but did you know that every degree below 24 degrees consumes around an extra 10% of energy? By controlling your thermostat to keep the temperature between 24 to 26 degrees you’ll help save yourself from any nasty shocks!

Alternatively ceiling and pedestal fans use only 30 to 40 watts and are a lot more cost effective than electric cooling.

Insulation

What’s yellow and goes bzzzz? An electric lemon.

One of the most cost effective and practical solutions for keeping cool, is to have ceiling insulation installed. The cost is one off, will keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, and it doesn’t use any electricity.

Keep the doors closed

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Accordion.

Accordion who?

Accordion to the weather man, it’s gonna get hot out here!

By keeping your windows and doors closed during the day you will keep the cooler air inside your home and the warmer air outside (you’ll also keep out those terrible knock knock jokes).

Windows

Venetian blinds are excellent. Without them, it would be curtains for everyone.

Pulling the curtains and blinds across your windows during the day can really help to keep out the heat. Windows facing North and West are more likely to create heat in your home.

Otherwise, when it’s time to retire your Christmas tree or if you’ve just been trying to find something to do with that palm tree your Great Aunt Ethel gave you, setting up shade on the outside of the windows will help keep you cool.

Last updated on Friday, November 24, 2017 - 16:04