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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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3:02AM PDT on May 14, 2015

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5:14AM PDT on May 11, 2015

Thank you for the tip of the fan going clockwise during Winter and counter clockwise during the rest of the year.

4:49AM PDT on May 11, 2015

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7:20PM PDT on Apr 19, 2015

I recently read that drinking a hot beverage makes your body think it's too hot, so it goes into "cooling mode".

1:42AM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

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2:53PM PDT on Mar 23, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

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10:02AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

It is important to not become dependent on air conditioner usage. Using these tips should help to lower AC cost in the long run and your bills as well.

2:09AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

We have never had air-con so I do most of these already. I would like to try the buckwheat pillow, sounds good. Thanks.

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