It’s summertime and the living is easy—except when it gets scorching hot outside. But before you crank up your air conditioning, why not consider some more energy-efficient options instead? From blackout lining to bedding, here are six foolproof ways to keep the temperature inside your home cool this summer—without driving up your electric bill.
1. Add blackout lining to your curtains
Heavier than our privacy lining, blackout lining is designed to insulate your windows and keep your home cool against the hot summer sun. That’s why adding blackout lining to your curtains or shades will help hold in the cool air your air conditioner works hard to create—and keeps your place nice and cool when it’s fiery hot outside.
2. Seal your windows
A little weather tape goes a long way in keeping warm outdoor air out of your home. Take the time to seal off cracks around your windows with some inexpensive (and easy to use) weatherproof tape to keep your home cool and energy costs down this summer.
3. Switch to low-heat LED light bulbs
Did you know LED light bulbs use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent ones? Translation: LED bulbs require way less energy and therefore release way less heat, so they’ll save you money and keep your home cool throughout the warm weather season.
4. Change your bedding
For as comfy as your flannel sheets and fleece blankets may be, they aren’t doing you—or your body temperature—any favors during the summertime. Update your current bedding with breathable fabrics like cotton and buckwheat to stay cool while you sleep this summer.
5. Close doors
Funny how something as simple as closing a door can make your whole home feel cooler during the summer. Close off unused rooms, especially ones with lots of windows and warm natural light, to preserve the cool air circulating in your home on extra hot days.
6. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter clockwise
Believe it or not, your ceiling fan needs to be adjusted seasonally. Set the ceiling fans in your home to run counter-clockwise during the summer to create a chilly breeze that’ll make your space feel cooler.