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Keeping cool in summer

As today is the first day of November, it is becoming increasingly clear that the weather is going to get warmer and warmer.

If you are the type of person who doesn't enjoy the heat, then you may inclined to turn on the air conditioner or fan. But there are a number of ways to ensure that you don't swelter and also aren't paying huge bills based on peak electricity prices.

Consider having your house insulated because not only will it reduce the temperature in the summer, it will keep the heat in during winter.This means that all year round you will be paying less because you will be using less energy.

You may wish to plant a tree near areas of your house which are subject to a lot of sun exposure to minimise your contact with the heat.

Another option is to consider looking into exterior blinds that are designed to reflect the sun from windows, especially on any western-facing windows because afternoon sun can be particularly unpleasant.

For a quick solution, turn off all your electronic appliances at the power point as adapters, chargers, power boards and computer/TV screens all generate a massive amount of heat.

Posted by Charlie Moore