Temperatures are starting to rise, and with current events meaning that many of us are still confined to our homes it’s important that you’re keeping cool and comfortable while doing so. If you’re looking for some quick (and green) tips then you’re in luck!
The Energy Institute at University College London are one of our key research partners, and we’re proud to work with them on developing ways to help you understand your energy usage and save money in your home, something we’re extremely passionate about at Igloo. Two of their PhD students (Giorgos Petrou & Jessica Few) have created this bite-size video looking at 5 green ways to help you stay cool at home (without needing an air conditioner).
Or if you prefer, we’ve included a written version of the tips below as well!
1. Keep the sun out
‘If you have external blinds or shutters outside, close them during the day, especially when the sun shines on them. If you don’t have external blinds or can’t easily install them then close your curtains or blinds inside’.
2. Keep the hot air out
‘If it’s hotter outside than in, opening windows will make it warmer inside, so keep the windows closed during the heat of the day’.
3. Let the cool air in
‘Open the windows when it’s cooler outside, in the evening, early morning and overnight (if it’s safe). If possible open windows on different sides of your home to help the air flow through. And if your home has more than one storey, opening windows at the top and bottom of the house will help warm air escape from the top, and draw cooler air in at the bottom’.
4. Stop baking
‘Try not to cook for a long time at high temperatures on the hottest days, and at the hottest times, eat a salad instead!’.
5. Find your cool spot
‘If there’s a cooler space in your house, try to make use of it on the hottest days. And finally, keep your body cool. Stay hydrated with cool drinks and take cool showers, or try putting a damp towel around your shoulders. If you’re still too hot try using a fan, these use a lot less energy than air conditioning’.