Summer is rapidly approaching and that means temperatures are rising. Naturally keeping your home cool can help shrink your carbon footprint and reduce utility bills. Below are a few eco-friendly ways to keep your apartment cool during the hottest months of the year.
One of the easiest ways to beat the heat is with black-out curtains. According to Consumer Reports, light to medium colored drapes with a plastic background can reduce heat gain by up to 33 percent. Invest in black-out curtains; or, if you’re not feeling like dropping the money, just be sure to keep your curtains and blinds closed during the day.
Embrace the Crockpot
The saying goes, “If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen;” this also applies to summer heat. Cooking and baking during the summer can make a warm kitchen hotter than Hades. One way to combat this is by embracing crockpot cooking. Crockpots are small and don’t generate a lot of heat like a stovetop or oven.
Spin The Fans Counter-Clockwise
Believe it or not, your ceiling fans are seasonal. To keep an apartment cool, one of the best things to do is make sure your fans are spinning counter-clockwise. When ceiling fans spinning counter-clockwise they create a refreshing wind-chill effect.
Open All the Doors
Ever walk into a closed room and marvel at how cool it is? Sealed rooms can trap cool air and keep it from circulating. Even if it feels weird to keep the bathroom door open, do it. Open doors throughout an apartment encourage cool air to circulate.
Swap Your Sheets
Are your sheets summer ready? Flannel and cotton sheets are amazing for spring, fall, and winter; not so much for summer. Bamboo sheets are some of the best for summer, they keep you covered and cool. Unfortunately, they can be a little pricey. Microfiber sheets are another great option for keeping cool. They’re light, breathable and can be stain and wrinkle resistant.
Do you have any eco-friendly tips for beating the heat? Let us know in the comments!