Summer is in full swing and with temperatures still rising all around the country, it is essential to find ways to keep your home cool. Whilst everyone wants to keep their home at a comfortable temperature this time of year, it is also a time of year where power bills can spike with such heavy reliance on air conditioning. Finding cost effective ways to keep your home cool in summer doesn’t have to be tricky. Take a look at our summer energy saving tips and the best insulating blinds for your home.
Air conditioning and fans
When it comes to cooling the home quickly, most rely on air conditioning to get the job done. Whilst that is an effective way to cool down, it is also one of the most expensive. If you choose to run your air conditioner, consider setting the temperature on 24 degrees or higher to ensure you can not only cool your home but also run it at a sustainable cost. Anything below 24 degrees Celsius can increase your running costs by 10%.
Another cost-effective cooling method is the ceiling fan. Ensure your ceiling fan is set to “summer” and give the blades a good clean to remove any dust. This will help to ensure the fan can run at its optimal performance. For those extra hot days, fill up a spray bottle with water and spray that towards the fan. Another option is to wet face washers and place those on your skin whilst sitting under the ceiling fan.
Windows and Doors
Glass windows and doors essentially acts as large holes in the home. Glass easily allows warm and cool air to transfer from both inside and outside the home. This means, if your glass windows and doors are unprotected, your heat gain can be 100 times greater than an uncovered insulated wall in the same location. Unfortunately, it’s not just as simple as closing the blinds or curtains when the sun starts to shine through your windows and doors. Covering those glass windows and doors is essential, to not only add a layer of protection, but also to help regulate temperatures.
The super insulating Honeycomb Blind, also referred to as a Cellular Blind, has a unique cellular structure that traps air within its cells. This creates a barrier between inside and out, helping to regulate room temperatures and decreases your reliance on air conditioning. Reducing your energy consumption to cool or heat a room will in turn help you to save on your energy bills. The Honeycomb barrier works not only for summer where you want to keep the cool air in and the warm air outside, but also in winter where you want to retain the heat inside and prevent cold air from entering the home.
Honeycomb Blinds are available in a variety of models to accommodate the different window and door types found in Australian homes. Honeycomb Blinds also come in single or double cell sizes, offering different levels of insulation. For the best insulation, choose the double cell design. As the name describes, the double cell design is two layers of cells, creating two barriers and layers of insulation. The double cell is best paired with a blockout fabric. The Honeycomb blockout fabric has a foil lining on the inside of the cells. This not only helps to completely block out sunlight and street lights but also create an extra layer of protection for your windows and doors.
Not only do Honeycomb Blinds help to regulate temperatures, they also offer sound absorption properties, that help to reduce street noise and dampen sounds within the home such as those with hard flooring or young children and pets.
The electrical appliances around your home such as fridges, dishwashers, ovens, stove tops, washing machines, dryers, televisions and gaming consoles, can be a big contributor, not only towards your energy bill, but also towards producing heat. The majority of home appliances will produce heat boht when in use and when on standy and this only makes regulating temperatures in the home more difficult. Try using these appliances during cooler periods of the day such as putting the washing on at night or the dishwasher on when you are going to bed. Remember to switch appliances off at the wall when not in use, such as gaming consoles, washing machines, etc. Appliances left on standby are still consuming energy and can make up around 10% of your energy bill.
Living in Australia means embracing the outdoor lifestyle and spending more time outdoors. Try cooking more outside during the warmer months to keep as much heat out of the home as possible. Plan dinners that can be cooked on the BBQ or meals that don’t require any cooking at all, such as salad.
Saving on your energy bill all year round is crucial. Take the time to carefully read your energy bill to see where you are consuming most of your energy. Also take the time to shop around suppliers and find a better deal that will save you money.