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14 Ways to Keep Cool in Your Home Without Air Conditioning

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14 Ways to Keep Cool in Your Home Without Air Conditioning

Here in the South, the weather has definitely taken a turn toward the sweltering. There have been some unseasonably warm days already, with highs in the 90s, and the temptation to flick the switch on that A/C unit to “on” is very strong. Before using the air conditioner, consider this: home cooling accounts for 5 percent of the energy we consume in the U.S. each year. That’s about 140 million tons of CO2 emissions annually! Here are some ways to fight that urge by keeping your house cooler naturally.

1. Keep the shades drawn during the day. When sunlight streams through the windows, it creates a miniature greenhouse effect in your home.

Related: Cool Curtains: Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly

2. Reflect the heat. If you do want to open the windows, consider investing in some reflective window film to help keep the heat outside where you want it to be.

3. Let the cool evening air in. If temperatures are on the chilly side after the sun goes down, crack a few windows open to let a breeze come through and cool the house. Just be sure to close them before the temperature starts to rise again!

4. Insulate! You want to keep cool air inside, so grab that caulk gun and seal off anywhere that air might be escaping. A handy draft dodger can help seal up those tricky leaks at the bottoms of doors and windows.

5. Get rid of incandescent lights. Not only do those suckers use more energy, they generate a lot more heat than CFL or LED light bulbs.

Up next: more ways to keep cool without A/C!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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11:13AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

My apartment gets super hot in the summer. For some reason they installed AC in the hallways of the building but not actually in the units.

5:23AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

I don't have air conditioning. I have deciduous trees around my house, which give me shade in the summer and let the low winter sunshine in. I also keep the windows closed and drapes drawn during the heat of the day. In addition: my furnace is in the basement and on the especially humid days I either turn the heat off and the blower on to bring cool air up from the basement; or open the basement door, and put a fan at the bottom of the steps to push cool air up, which I circulate around the house with the ceiling fans.
I've had people come into my house on a hot day and remark how nice and cool it is. Occasionally Someone one will even ask if I have air conditioning
Sometimes I just work on projects in the basement where it's always at least 10 degrees cooler.
If you have a basement, set up a place where you can sit and read or add Wifi and do your online reading down there on hot days.

6:40AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Thanks

5:13AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Ways to love ourselves and our environment

2:35AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Your article contains some very useful tips that how we keep cool our home without air condition, It's really difficult to keep the home cool without air condition but after reading your article, I think it's not impossible. Thanks for sharing this article with us.

11:17PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

no time for naps :/

11:03PM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Wash your face.

10:49AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Thanks!

5:06AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks

5:03AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks! very good.

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