The summertime does not only bring joy to everyone, sunbathing and swimming. It also brings a lot of expenses. We use much more energy during the summer than you would expect. This is due to hot weather and heat that breaks into your home.
We are going to talk about tips on how to relieve the heat during the summer, without making a huge electricity bill. You think it is impossible? Read on and find out!
Invest In Windows and Curtains
If the heat does not enter your home, there will be no reason to try and fight it. It is simple as it gets. If you are on the sunny side of the street, it is especially recommended that you keep your shutters down. It can be really annoying when the sun wakes you up and you planned on staying in bed late.
On the other hand, if you are a morning person, open up your windows in the morning when the sun is not as hot. This way you are letting the cool air in. If you decide to do it at noon, you are only going to have a steamy, smouldering house.
Switch Between Cold and Warm Water
There is absolutely no need for hot water during the summer. Even if you like hot showers, you can use warm water and still have the same feeling, without getting your skin burned. Cold showers are proven to increase the heart rate, it is almost like going for a jog, which is very good for you.
When you are washing your clothes, use cold and hot cycles to save energy. Heating the water takes up most of the energy used by a washing machine. When you finish the laundry, put your clothes outside and let them dry naturally instead of putting it in the dryer and wasting more energy. You will not only save money but also avoid raising the temperature in your home with heat-generating appliances.
Pay Close Attention to Your Electric Appliances
There are many modern devices in everyday homes which generate a ton of heat. The list is very long but here are some examples: lamps, TVs, computers, washing machines, and ovens being the most obvious one. If you are not using these devices, you should turn them off to save energy and reduce additional heating.
Also, if your devices are broken, or rather defective in some manner, they will use more power and generate more heat. This mostly goes for washing machines. If you notice something funky, you should call a professional and let them check it out. Let’s say you are in need of Samsung washing machine repair. Your problem can be fixed in no time. It is much cheaper than buying a new machine.
We have already mentioned how ovens are your worst enemies in the summer right? Well, this is absolutely true. They can make your kitchen a living hell. Instead, you can try the good old fashioned steak-out in your backyard. Inviting over some friends and flipping burgers sounds way better than having a sauna in your house, doesn’t it?
Alternatives to a barbecue are making fish or venison stew, which is extremely tasty and spicy. If you don’t like spicy food, you can also try building a furnace outside, and using it to bake pizza and pies.
The final alternative could be a bit more romantic than the previous ones, so bear with me. When was the last time you took your girl to a picnic? I am not joking. Why not? She will love it.
We’ve reached the conclusion of our journey. Hopefully, you enjoyed the read and it helped you come up with some solutions to those pesky summer heats. Remember, you don’t have to be boiling inside your home. You can make it way more tolerable if you apply these tips.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.