With Summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how you’re going to stay cool. Not only is this season boiling hot in Australia, it’s also quite expensive. It costs a lot of money to keep yourself cool, so here are a few ways you can avoid heat stroke without breaking the bank… or a sweat.
Save Energy The Smart Way
AGL offers five tips for saving energy this Summer:
“Turn your summer entertaining into an outdoor BBQ feast! Head outdoors to cook your meals on the BBQ, keeping your house much cooler during the squelching heat. Indoor stoves can raise your kitchen’s temperature as much as 5 to 10 degrees.
Make use of the sun and consider installing a solar water heater or a solar PV system.
Zone your house by closing doors to rooms while they’re not in use.
Inviting guests around for a swim? Ensure you hang your beach towels out in the sun or air to dry and reduce energy usage. Each year you could save up to $149.
Give your air conditioner a break and use a ceiling or portable fan to move air around your home instead. Each year you could save up to $28.”
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Keep Yourself Cool For Less
Nicky Wood from Wise Healthy Living offers her advice for cooling yourself down this Summer. “Use a spritzer bottle with water and peppermint oil in it to add a cool mist to your face during the day. It will also wake up your senses and keep your head cool at the same time! Freeze fruits like watermelon, banana, pineapple, rock melon, oranges and berries and eat as a snack. Throw a dry towel into the freezer and pop that in or on top of your bed or pillow just before going to sleep for a cool night’s sleep. Use cotton fabrics on your body and your seating areas to allow for breathing and airflow.” Find out more about Wise Healthy Living by following them on Facebook and Instagram. You can keep your beverages nice and cool this Summer by keeping grapes in a glass door bar fridge, and when you need to, pop the grapes in and enjoy an ice cold drink!
Switch The Hot Beverages For Cold Ones
Alison Dillon, owner of Cup Above Tea shares her advice for keeping cool this season. "Replace your hot cuppa with a cold press tea! Keep your core temperature cool by replacing your piping hot tea with a cold brew or cold press alternative. Cold brew tea is fast becoming an emerging trend and can really shift the flavour profile of your favourite blend. There are a few different ways you can brew chilled teas and the method you choose impacts how your tea will ultimately taste." Find out more about Cup Above Tea by following them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find Alison's Tea Masters blog here, where she explains everything you need to know about cold brew tea.
Be A Sunbella
Casey Bryden, co-owner of Sunbella, offers her advice for keeping cool in style. “Royals and celebrities simply can’t be seen looking hot and flustered when the weather heats up. And a few, such as the Duchess of Cornwall and Nigella Lawson ("Cooking Royalty") have discovered a stylish and sophisticated Australian invention that keeps them several degrees cooler; one that won’t destroy their “do” and also won’t break the bank. Sunbella parasols have been designed in Australia, to offer an elegant and effective way for us to protect our skin and stay cool over Summer. They have a UPF50+ rating so they block over 98% of UV rays, lowering your body temperature more effectively than a hat which tends to keep the heat in.” Find out more about Sunbella by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Sleeping Beauty Here
When it’s boiling outside, it can be almost impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Rather than keep the aircon on all night, which can be loud and expensive, why not keep a window open (with a mosquito net - no itchy wake-up calls, please!) and a light, comfortable doona? In the colder months, you often find yourself packing on the layers, but that’s the last thing you want in Summer. Get yourself a light and breathable doona blanket, that will stop you from tossing, turning and waking up throughout the night.
Summer in Australia can be somewhat of a burden, especially with your bills. These tips can reduce your energy bills, keep you cool and let you enjoy the warmth, rather than run away from it.