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15 Ways to Reduce Heat Inside Your Home Without Using Electricity

15 Ways to Reduce Heat Inside Your Home Without Using Electricity

In the times before the air conditioner, people had to find many ways to keep themselves cool during the summer, and reduce the heat that was trapped inside their homes. Many times just a few simple upgrades can dramatically reduce the heat that comes into your home, while other times the only option is to try to get the heat out. Even when you have access to an air conditioner, it is not always the best option financially.

1. Tune/Update Your Windows

If you have high windows, simply open them when it is hot outside. In the case of double hung windows, open the lower portion on the upwind side of the home, and the upper portion of the downwind side. This will cause the pressure to suck the air through your home. Updated windows will prevent cool air from seeping out and hot air from seeping in. The best option is installing windows with double-pane insulated glass.

2. Plant a Tree

There is a strategy to this—a tree planted so that its shade will cover a portion of the home, will provide relief from heat creeping into the house, as long as the sun will cast a shadow on the home.

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3. Paint Your Roof

Light colors reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them, much like how ice or snow does.

4. Install External Blinds or Operable Shutters

These are designed to keep the sun out in the summer, but let it in during the winter. Shutters provide security, shading, and ventilation. While external blinds are not common in North America, they are popular in Australia and the European countries.

5. Close Your Drapes

Line your drapes with a light colored fabric that will reflect the sun, and then close them for the hottest portion of the day.

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6. Cook Hot Food Outside

Stoves bring in a lot of extra heat during the summer, and more money has to be spent trying to cool the home off, due to it. Cooking hot food outside is one of the creative ways to reduce electricity bills while keeping the house cool.

7. Utilize High-Reflectivity Window Film

These films are used to save energy through reflecting light on the east and west facing windows. The films that appear mirror-like are more effective than those that are transparent.

8. Unplug Electronics

This will reduce heat output from things like televisions and computers, as all larger appliances and electronics generate heat when they are plugged in.

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9. Rethink Your Pillows

Buckwheat pillows don’t absorb heat like regular cotton and down. These pillows will help to keep you and your bedroom cool during hot summer nights.

10. Hang a Sheet

To cool down a whole room, hang a wet sheet in front of a window that is open when there is a breeze. This will help to rapidly cool down the temperature of the room.

11. Use Blocks of Ice

A DIY air conditioner can be made by placing a block of ice in a shallow pan or bowl, in front of an open window. The breeze will pick up the cold water and create mist.

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12. Choose Your Bed Linens Carefully

To reduce heat in the bedroom, opt for lightweight cotton. These sheets are breathable and will promote airflow and ventilation in the bedroom.

13. Open Up Your Windows

When the temperature outside is lower than it is inside, open the windows up. This will help to cool all elements of the home (including the walls, floors, etc.) that absorb heat when temperatures rise.

14. Utilize Awnings

This can help to reduce the solar heat gain in a home. Some research has said that awnings can lower heat gain from windows with western exposure by up to 77 percent, and heat gain from southern exposure by up to 65 percent.

15. Plant Vines

Vines will shade a building’s walls from the sun, reducing the average daily fluctuation of temperature by up to 50% through a process called evapotranspiration. Some vines do cause damage, so be sure to research the best type of vine for your home’s exterior.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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