As the temperatures begin to rise, there are many things we can do to keep our electric bills from rising too. Instead of turning on the AC, try some more energy-efficient and natural ways to keep your home cool. Earth Day is April 22nd, and a great day to start recognizing how we can celebrate our environment. Here are four earth-friendly ideas to keep your home comfortably cool without using the air conditioner.
Let Fresh Air In
The easiest way to keep your home comfortable is to open the windows and doors, especially in the spring months when the air is fresh and cool. Open windows on different levels of your home or in different rooms on the same level to create a continual cross draft. Allowing natural light into your room is also inspiring and uplifting.
Turn on a Fan
Ceiling fans and floor fans use much less electricity than an air conditioner and will help keep your home cool by constantly circulating the air. Today’s fans also add decorative interest to a room whether they are turned on or off.
Go for the Light
Just like clothing, darker, heavier fabrics are warmer and retain the heat. Replace heavy window treatments with lighter fabrics like sheers, cover leather furniture with cozy and cooling throws and update darker furniture with lighter colors like this sofa. Not only will the lighter fabrics keep you cooler, but they will also create a more cheerful living space.
Enjoy Your Outdoor Space
Extend your living space and spend more time enjoying your outdoor space. Grilling instead of turning on the oven will keep the temperature down inside while you heat up the fun with family outside Create a comfortable area with outdoor seating, entertainment center, colorful potted plants and maybe even a fabulous fire pit!
Your friends at Marlo Furniture are here to help you create a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.