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With summer comes outdoor festivals, airy dresses, picnics in the park, naps on the balcony, green on the trees… and restless, sweaty, impossibly hot nights. Plenty, as it turns out. Get yourself a few ice packs and a fan; you're five minutes away from cutting that grueling summer heat wave in half!

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You can keep yourself and your house cool this summer and be kind to the environment at the same time.

2. block the heat

Check out these 10 tips that will keep you and your house cool, save you money, and help you be kind to the earth:. Keep your blinds closed, especially on north and west-facing windows, to ificantly cool your home. Better yet, invest in some block-out curtains to shield your home from that harsh summer sun. Stopping heat getting into your house in the first place means spending less on cooling.

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Shade windows and walls using external coverings, like blinds, awnings or large potted plants. Plant deciduous trees that cast shade over your home in summer, but still let the sun shine through in winter.

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If you must use your air-conditioner, set the thermostat to between o C, or as high as you feel comfortable with. Increasing your thermostat by just 1 o C in warm weather can reduce the running cost of your appliance by about 10 per cent. Sometimes you might feel like ceiling fans just push the hot air around your home rather than cool it down. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise in summer to push air straight down helping to create a cooling effect and clockwise in winter to pull cool air up.

1. close your blinds

In warmer weather, set the fan speed high and in cooler weather it works best on low. Ceiling fans can also be used complement other cooling types, so checking they rotate in the correct direction can make a world of difference to the temperature of your home.

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Note: evaporative air-conditioners will be more effective if you open some doors and windows to increase air flow through the home. Closing your windows and staying inside may be a great idea during the day, but when it gets cooler in the evening you may want to open your house up to cool your home naturally — just make sure you lock up overnight! Cooking dinner in the backyard or at the park may be a cooler alternative to being in a steamy kitchen too, so make the most of a cool breeze when you can.

Sip icy-cold drinks, apply a damp cloth to your neck and other pressure points on your body, or have a cold shower to cool your body without needing to switch the air-conditioner on. No air-con? No worries!

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A cleverly-positioned bowl of ice is all you need to turn a fan into a cold mist machine. Cotton fabrics are super breathable and help cool your body. Wear light, loose clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton, and fit your bed with cotton sheets. These lightbulbs were phased out in Australia years ago, but many homes still use them.

No ac, no problem. there are plenty of ways to stay cool with just a bit of ice, a fan, and these tricks

Want to know more? Check out these tips for using and saving energy on your home cooling or download the free Energy Smart Saver book.

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