You have got to admit: It’s hot out. To ameliorate the sun’s constant burning of your skin, or the air’s roasting of your inner being, you decide to stay indoors to relax in the wonderful land of electric fans and air-conditioning. You think that this could go on forever… until you get your bill from Meralco.
Thankfully, we’re in a generation full of information. There are tons of ways we can learn to save energy, both for our financial well-being and the larger global cause, while we fight the heat of the summer in our house and lot in Sucat, here in our country with only two seasons: hot and hotter.
There are architectural principles that will tell you how to really save energy, in a much grander scale. But here are a few tips that anyone can apply to their homes.
Curtains, shades, and blinds
Before you even think about staying cool, you have to get rid of the heat first, or in this case, block it away. Think about how much less energy you’d have to use to get the temperature down when you prevent it from going too high to begin with. Use curtains, shades, or blinds – whichever floats your boat – to shield your home from the harmful UV rays, those evil things. While you’re at it, put a little bit of style into it. Go wild with colors and patterns to really give your home that summer vibe.
Science will tell you that dark-colored objects are susceptible to absorbing more heat, which is a big no-no if you want to keep the cool within your home. When practicality meets aesthetic, you’d want to ditch the dark stuff and move to the sunnier side of things. Plus, it’ll add absolutely nothing to your electric bill at the end of the month. ‘Everything’ means your curtains, linen, pillows, and maybe even your walls and doors, if you’re up for renovation this vacation.
A lot of the heat doesn’t even come directly from the rays of the sun. In fact, you’re probably drowning in sweat because the air just isn’t circulating well enough in this weather. Well, changing the environment within your indoor space can solve this problem. Putting plants, big or small, around your house, will allow photosynthesis to do its natural work and get that cool oxygen flowing about. Fortunately, too, the ‘systems’ in these plants aren’t covered by Meralco.
Now, onto the things that actually require electricity. While plants can help, air circulation will always need a little more assistance in the warmer days. If you’re still trying to cut down your power costs, or saving the world, while still wanting to maintain the beauty of your space, look no further from ceiling fans. Science again: Cold air is denser, hence moves down with gravity. So, actually, ceiling fans don’t have to be moving too fast in order to get your system cooled down. Additionally, if you’ve got a good eye and wonderful taste, a ceiling fan of your pick might just enhance your home.
(There are additional tips into setting the fans to spin in a certain direction. Counterclockwise will create a cooler downward airflow. Points!)
Air-conditioning unit away from the heat
I bet you’ve never heard this tip before. Although this tip may not be everywhere on the internet, it works. At the end of the day, there are just days where that air-conditioning unit has to be turned on, maybe even for the entire day. And believe it or not, installing it in the wrong place in the room may just be less efficient for cooling, and therefore more energy-consuming. Placing the air-con unit in areas that the sun just kisses in the middle of the day, e.g. the wall opposite the window, might actually render that air-con power useless. What do you do? Install the unit beside the window, where the sun can’t directly hit it, or in a shaded area in the room. This will make the room cool much faster, and will save much more energy.
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