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9 ways to keep cool while keeping electricity bills low

After months of cranking up the air conditioner, the post summer electricity bill is notorious for being sky high. But the good news is there are ways to avoid this bill shock, or at the very least bring it down to a reasonable level.

Check out these 9 tactics to keep cool without driving your electricity bills up:

1. Try the cold water bottle trick

You may have a hot water bottle lying around the house from the winter months. Well now’s the time to use it as a cold water bottle instead. Fill it up with water, stick it in the freezer and then use it to keep cool while you’re sleeping. That way you won’t have to call on the air-conditioner, or even the fan.

2. Freeze your sheets

Another way to keep cool whilst sleeping is using the freezer to cool your sheets for a few minutes before bedtime. Of course, it’s a wise idea to pop them in a sealed bag, so your sheets don’t get the smell of frozen meat and peas stuck to them!

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3. Opt for cotton

It’s also important what material your clothes and sheets are made of, as synthetic materials can also cause you to feel over-heated. Good quality cotton material is your best bet, as it’s a natural fabric that will breathe.

4. Keep your curtains closed

This is an especially important trick if your living areas are facing north or north-east and get high exposure to the sun during the day. Make it a habit of closing your curtains before you leave the house for work, that way your rooms will stay cool and keep out the heat from the sun.

5. Seal your doors

If you do give in and turn the aircon on make sure you’re using all that nice cool air to your advantage by sealing any gaps under your doors. You can buy door seal for as little as $10 to stop that cool air from escaping.

6. Let the cool air in at night

Of course you’ll need some fresh air over summer and the best time to let it into your home is at night. When the sun goes down, take the time to open all windows and even curtains so that the cool night air can bring the temperature of your home down. Just don’t forget to close it all up again in the morning!

7. Cook outside

Summer is not the time to be oven baking, as it’s a quick way to see the temps inside your home climb. Instead enjoy an outdoor barbie, the old fashioned Aussie way. The heat will stay outside, keeping your home cool and you can enjoy the longer days that summer brings outdoors. If you’re a barbie-ing family, why not take a look at our Healthy BBQ Meal Ideas blog to try something new this summer!

8. Focus on your body temperature, not the house

While a nice cool house might seem like a dream come true in the middle of the summer heat, the truth is, it’s not really necessary to keep the whole house cold. Instead, focus on keeping yourself cool - set your fan to blow directly on you, instead of cycling around the room, or wrap a cold, wet towel around you to bring down your temperature.

9. Look for long-term improvements

Finally, you might consider some strategic long-term improvements to your home that will help you cut back on your cooling costs. Planting bushes or trees in front of windows that get a lot of sun is one option, but the really important thing to think about is beefing up your home insulation. The good news is that not only will this help keep you cool in the summer, but a well-insulated house will also hold heat in winter, so it will be worth your investment.

These 9 tactics are simple steps you can take right now to keep your home cool but your electricity bills down!

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