Its mid July and the temperature is heating up, making it a bit uncomfortable. Here are some very green and practical ways to stay cool with or without your air conditioner.
Skip the drying cycle on the dishwasher – It gives off heat that can make your kitchen warmer.
Think cold when cooking – Using the stove or oven when cooking will also make your kitchen warmer.
Switch on the ceiling fan – When you just can’t avoid using the air conditioner, turning on a fan helps distribute cool air more evenly and quickly, so you can set the temperature on the AC a little higher.
Swap out your traditional air-conditioning – Instead, try an evaporate cooler, which uses a small fan to blow air through water-saturated pads and into your home. This type of machine costs half as much as a central-air system and uses only a quarter of the energy.
Plant trees near windows with air conditioners – A unit in the shade uses up to 10 percent less energy than one in the sun.
Keep the windows closed – While running your air conditioner try to keep the heat outdoors.
Thermostat setting – In summer, the thermostat should not be set any lower than 25 degrees Celsius or 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stay cool naturally – Drinking plenty of cool water will help keep you hydrated and give your body what it needs to cool itself. Wear loose, breathable clothing. Cotton is usually a good fabric for helping to keep your body cool.