Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
As much as countries all around the world are putting efforts into reducing global warming, the fact remains that we are nowhere near cancelling climate change. In fact, even if we put a humongous amount of work into reducing energy waste and our carbon footprint, we are likely to still face a lot of heat waves in the upcoming years. Fingers crossed, we, as a global community, can finally and permanently slow down or even reverse global warming soon.
But in the meantime, we are getting hotter and hotter, and frankly, it’s uncomfortable. Sleeping during a heat wave is an impossible dream. It’s too stuffy and sweaty to sleep. But lack of sleep makes it even harder to cool down your body temperature. It’s an unpleasant vicious circle. But there is no way around it. In the long term, we must focus on climate change. But when it comes to our immediate needs, we must strategically keep the house fresh and cool without increasing our energy consumption. Here are some tips to get started!
Is an air con bad?
An A/C system will consume energy. However, you can ensure that your A/C unit doesn’t waste energy while it’s on. It’s a good idea to schedule regular ducted air conditioner service to look after your device and spot signs of malfunctions. Keeping your cooling system energy-efficient means 2 things:
- The unit doesn’t need to work hard to cool the house
- The unit doesn’t need to work all the time
Insulation, insulation, insulation
Insulation is not just useful in winter. It keeps the outdoor air out of your home regardless of the season. Therefore, in summer, a properly insulated property can avoid air leaks. Air leaks can happen in different areas of your home. They are more common in the under-roof area, where the fresh air escape and the heated outdoors air can come through. Typically, you will notice it because the ceiling underneath the roof is hot to the touch. Similarly, you can also have insulation problems in your walls. Walls exposed to direct sunlight will be hot to the touch indoors.
Stop producing heat while cooking
As tempting as it is to prepare homemade lasagna, it’s not the kind of dish you want to plan for a summer party. Indeed, using your oven and cooking hub can increase the temperature inside your home by several degrees. So, you could swap your typical recipes for fresh salads and rapid dishes in summer. Using a BBQ grill in the garden can also bring some of the favourites to the table without increasing the home temperature! What are the best recipe tips for summer:
- Cold soups such as gazpacho, cold cucumber soup, etc.
- Cold noodle soup, which is popular in Korean and Japanese cuisine
- Big Mediterranean salads, packed with flavours and goodness
- Meals that require little cooking time, such as omelettes, pan-seared meat, etc.
- As tempting as it is only to eat ice creams, it’s not a meal!
Are you ready to actively lower your temperature at home while keeping your energy consumption as low as possible? We hold the future of our finance and comfort in our hands. So, it’s worth thinking of long-term solutions that are beneficial for your household and the planet.