It’s hot out there so there is a lot of temptation to turn to non-eco ways to stay cool. But before you switch on the aircon, consider these more sustainable ways to control the heat;
Close all the curtains, shutters and windows during the day to keep the warm air out. Fling them open in the evening when the temperatures are slightly lower and some cool air can come in.
Create a wind tunnel effect by opening opposite windows. Place a fan under one of the windows facing the fan into the room and turning it on. This helps the breeze go through the house.
Hang a damp cloth in front of a window. The warm air outside helps release the cool condensation into the room.
Use cool water bottles at night – fill a hot water bottle with cool water and ice and snuggle up under your sheets.
Make a peppermint face spritz - Make a pot of peppermint tea. Allow it to cool and then pour the liquid into a spritzer. Put this in the fridge until it’s time to use it. The menthol effect helps you feel much cooler and the smell is divine.
Avoid using the oven! There are lots of ways to eat well without the need to switch the oven on.
Eat spicy food. This seems counterintuitive but the spice helps to increase your circulation and makes you sweat. Once you have sweated and the moisture has evaporated, you cool down. It is more effective at keeping you cool for longer than eating cold food like an ice-cream.
Use the dishwasher at night as this heats up the kitchen in the day.
From the obvious to the not-so-obvious ways to keep cool there are loads of ideas out there.
Stay cool and stay green!