5. Venetian blinds or California
shutters are both aesthetically appealing and effective at shutting
out the sun's glare. Another option is to add heat reflecting
film on windows. It will help keep things cool, while reducing
ultraviolet rays that can damage furniture and floors.
6. Since most summer breezes
blow from west to east, open the southwest and northeast windows
to allow a breath of fresh air with a refreshing cross-breeze.
Open windows at night to allow the cooler air in, and close them
in the morning.
7. Use a dehumidifier to absorb
moisture in the air, as dry air feels cooler. A dehumidifier
can also prevent mold, mildew, and musty odours, especially in
8. If you can, minimize use
of your stove in really hot weather. Consider using an outdoor
barbecue or a slow cooker which emits very little heat.
9. Invest in a fold-away gazebo
for your deck or garden. It protects from sun, insects, and summer
showers when you want to cool off outside.
10. Lighten up the exterior
paint. Light coloured paint doesn't absorb as much solar energy
as darker paint, and is a relatively low-cost solution that can
reduce your energy bills.
When summer sizzles, think green,
keep your cool and enjoy!