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Stay cool and green: eco-friendly tips to beat the heat this summer

With the Met Office finding that last month was the hottest May on record in the UK, there are rumours that a chilly start to July will give way to a heatwave later in the summer. If the temperatures do rise during the next few months, keeping your home cool without driving up energy costs could be a challenge.

As we strive to stay comfortable in the heat, it’s essential to explore eco-friendly ways to cool our homes. At Thrift Energy, we believe that energy efficiency and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. In this month’s blog, we’re excited to share some practical tips and tricks to help you keep your house cool using sustainable methods. By making a few simple adjustments and adopting mindful practices, you can create a cooler indoor environment while reducing your carbon footprint. Let’s dive into some effective strategies that will not only keep you cool but also align with your commitment to a greener future.

Utilise natural ventilation

Take advantage of cooler mornings and evenings by opening windows and creating cross-ventilation.

If you do need to use portable fans, position them strategically to enhance airflow throughout your home. For a more effective cooling breeze, place one fan to blow air into the house from the coolest side and another to blow air out on the opposite side, creating a steady stream of fresh air.

Invest in insulation and shades

Prevent heat from entering your home by investing in insulation for your attic or walls. At Thift Energy our experts can advise you on the most effective and appropriate insulation choices for your property and your budget. Insulation doesn’t just help to keep your home warmer in winter, it helps to ensure a more ambient, comfortable temperature all year round.

Consider installing reflective window coatings or shades to block out direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day too. Cellular shades or blinds with reflective backing can significantly reduce heat gain.

Optimise your cooling equipment

If you use air conditioning, ensure it’s running efficiently. Regularly clean or replace filters to maintain optimal airflow. Use a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures based on when you’re home or away, and set it a few degrees higher than usual to save energy. Alternatively, consider upgrading to an energy-efficient model if your current unit is outdated, which is something that our experts at Thrift can help you with.

Cook smart and minimise heat sources

During hot weather, avoid using the oven and stove as much as possible. Opt for quick meals that require minimal cooking or use alternative appliances such as a microwave, air fryer, or outdoor grill. Cooking during cooler parts of the day or preparing meals ahead of time can also help reduce indoor heat buildup.

Harness natural shade and greenery

Planting trees strategically around your home can provide natural shade and help cool down the surroundings. Deciduous trees are particularly effective as they provide shade in the summer while allowing sunlight through in the winter when they shed their leaves. Additionally, installing awnings or pergolas over windows can block direct sunlight and reduce indoor temperatures.

Use energy-efficient lighting

Swap out traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs for energy-efficient LED lights, which produce significantly less heat. This simple switch not only reduces your cooling load but also lowers your electricity bills and carbon footprint.

Stay hydrated and use cooling aids

Keep yourself cool from the inside out by staying hydrated throughout the day. Use cooling aids such as chilled towels, gel packs, or even a cool bath to lower your body temperature when needed. Dress in lightweight, breathable clothing made from natural fibres such as cotton or linen.

By incorporating these eco-friendly cooling tips into your daily routine, you can create a more comfortable living environment while reducing your energy consumption and environmental impact. At Thrift Energy, we’re committed to helping you achieve greater energy efficiency in your home without compromising on comfort. For more personalised advice or to explore energy-saving solutions tailored to your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team here.

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