10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

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Summertime is here, and you’re ready for sun and fun.  Wait — was that an audible groan from the “Great, here comes the insane AC bills” crowd? It’s not amusing when you see your utility bills creep upward, and all that energy use doesn’t do the planet any favors. 

What are some Eco-friendly ways you can keep your home cool this summer? Here are ten ideas that will help you save money and the planet without getting too steamy. 

Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

Install Ceiling Fans

ceiling fan

Have you ever uttered an audible “ahh” when the breeze picks up on a sultry summer day? Everyone has. Ceiling fans keep the air circulating in your home if you get the right variety.

In general, the bigger, the better when it comes to blades. That’s because these devices only work if you can feel the air on your skin. Otherwise, the motor heats the room a negligible amount. 

Hang Blackout Curtains

If you’ve returned to working outside the home, sunlight streams through uncovered windows all day. This solar heat makes your air conditioner run double duty to keep your pet goldfish comfortable. Buy blackout curtains for the windows that receive the most sunlight and close them before you leave each morning to save money and the planet.

Apply Reflective Film

Maybe you plan to continue working from home, and you don’t want your office to resemble a cave.

Reflective window tinting lets you see out while preventing miscreants from viewing your home’s interior — meaning they can’t case your joint to scope out your new cache of equipment. As a bonus, this substance helps prevent fading and sun damage to furniture, fabrics, and flooring. 

Go for Awnings

If you have windows that receive full sun for most of the day, even the best protective coatings won’t mitigate the entire solar effect.

However, you can install awnings over these windows to cut down on the glare. Another option? You can build that wraparound porch of your dreams and include a roof that keeps the glass shaded. 

Plant Some Shade

shade trees

Another way to cool your home naturally is to plant bushes or trees for shade, but you must do so strategically.

Safety experts recommend keeping shrubbery near your home trimmed to no higher than two to three feet to deter thieves who seek cover to break in. You can plant shade trees but cut the bottom seven feet of branches as they grow to keep miscreants from climbing to a second-story window. 

Insulate Your Attic

Attics are known for getting hot— heat rises, after all. Temperatures are considered dangerous, though, once they rise above 90 degrees. It is very likely that on a hot day, your attic will be 90 degrees or higher, so installing insulation in your attic can help make your attic safer to enter.

Insulation keeps out excess heat, as well as cold. It costs relatively little to install, plus, you’ll also save money on your winter heating bills. Talk about a win-win. 

Close Windows During the Day 

Maybe you think, “If I leave the windows open, the breeze will blow through. On temperate days with low humidity, this trick works.

However, if you live in a humid area or the thermometer tops 90 degrees, you are letting all that ickiness in, which then taxes your AC unit when you get home. Instead, keep your windows closed, as it will keep the inside of your home somewhat temperate like a cave. 

Cook Outdoors

Running the oven and even using the stove can heat your kitchen quickly. If you have a smaller apartment, it could raise the temperature of your indoors significantly.

Since summer is the grilling season, take your cooking outside. Cooking outdoors also provides an opportunity to socialize with friends and family and enjoy the fresh air.

You don’t have to eat a burger if you’re a vegan — you can make a grilled romaine salad with the help of propane.

Dehumidify the Air

Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

If you live in a coastal region, you know the meaning of the saying, “It’s not the heat — it’s the humidity.” A dehumidifier sucks excess water out of the air, making you feel several degrees cooler.

As a bonus, these devices help to combat mold and mildew growth making this one of the most effective Eco-friendly ways to keep your home cool.

Add a Gentle Mist 

On the other hand, if you live in the desert southwest, you see mister systems on outdoor patios everywhere for a good reason.

When the outdoor air is plain old hot, water does the trick to cool you. Installing such a system on your patio can make barbecues much more comfortable. For indoor use, a small aromatherapy diffuser can provide a refreshing mist. 

Keep Your Home Cool the Eco-Friendly Way This Summer

If you want to keep your home cool without running up giant energy bills and destroying the planet, look no further than these ten tips. You’ll breeze through your summer while barely breaking a sweat.

  • Greener Ideal Staff

    Greener Ideal helps you live your life in more sustainable ways with green living tips and commentary on the latest environment news. We want to protect the planet and reduce our collective carbon footprint.

4 thoughts on “10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer”

  1. Thank you for sharing all these tips! Some of these things were new to me. By the way, if you use an air conditioner to cool your home, you can also make it work more efficiently and use less energy. The first thing to pay attention to is its filters. If you haven’t changed it for a long time, do it. Dirty, clogged filters make your device work much harder.

  2. Great tips! Another thing you can do in order to feel better during hot summer days is to install a swimming pool in your backyard. It won’t make your home cooler, of course. But it will help you cool down without running your A/C unit constantly.

  3. Absolutely, hanging blackout curtains is a good idea. It reduces heat gain in your home by 45%, ensuring your AC has to work much less hard to cool your space, thus saving you money. Meanwhile, you should weather-strip doors and windows and seal up cracks and holes throughout your house, as homeowners waste roughly 25-30% of their cooling power year through air loss.


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