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6 Ways to Stay Cool Yet Energy-Efficient at Home This Summer

Discover the different ways you can beat the heat this hot summer season, while still keeping energy costs down

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

During summer, we're faced with two things: we want to keep the house cool and we also want to keep energy costs low. While we've featured different ways on how to make the house cooler this summer, even without an AC, we're still on the lookout for efficient ways to save energy during the season.

Here are 6 more ways that you can consider.

Use natural light during the day.

Light bulbs, especially the older ones, emit heat. If your home isn’t light-starved, use sunlight whenever possible so that you won’t have to turn on lights. If it becomes too hot and uncomfortable, draw sheer curtains to soften the glare.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Draw the curtains if the AC is turned on.

Closing up windows is not enough; keep shades and curtains drawn as well to reduce heat. This lessens the amount of energy needed to cool down your home.

Do your chores early in the morning or late afternoon.

Chores like laundry should be done during the cooler time of the day, especially when using appliances like washing machines and the dryer. These appliances also emit heat, and might not work as efficiently during hotter hours.

Buy a timer adaptor for your AC and electric fan.

At night, use a timer adaptor (available in most hardware stores) to connect both your air-conditioning unit and electric fan to one socket. Then, set your AC timer to at most 3-4 hours; when the time’s up, the AC will automatically shut off, and the electric fan will switch on—while you’re asleep.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Set a regular cleaning schedule for your cooling units.

AC vents and filters need regular cleaning and maintenance, as do the blades of your electric fans and ceiling fans. This keeps them running smoothly and efficiently, and prevents them from exerting excess energy, which can be costly.

Click here for a complete step-by-step guide when cleaning aircon filters.

Stay in cooler rooms that don’t require you to use cooling appliances.

It’s better to relax in rooms that do not receive direct sunlight, so you won’t have to make use of the AC. Remember also that hot air rises and cool air stays low, so stay in the lower floors of your home for a relaxing afternoon.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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