HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE COOL AND YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL LOW
We all know about global warming and people are very conscious about how extreme temperatures are becoming. Ironically in attempting to combat these issues, the very solutions that are employed to increase comfort in the home are often contributing to the root of the problem. Think air-conditioning for instance, which is a great way to help increase comfort levels on a hot day, but similarly, it is heavy on electricity and in turn fossil fuels or nuclear power. In many instances, it uses gasses and products that are harmful to the ozone layer as well. So how do you go about regulating the temperature at your house while not drawing electricity from the grid? It is actually easier that you might think. Here are a few ideas that you might want to try.
It goes without saying that shade is cooler than the sun, so it should go without saying that a hose surrounded by the shade will be cooler than one that bakes in the sun all day. With this in mind think about things like pergolas or awnings Newcastle has several companies who could install or erect these for you. Set over doors or larger windows, awnings provide a cool environment around your home. It sounds like a very simple solution, but you will be amazed at how much of a difference it can make.
There are many different types of insulation that can be installed, and they all have different advantages and disadvantages. Explore them all and find the one that works best for you. The primary goal is obviously to regulate the temperature – to keep the heat out during summer and the heat in during winter. But insulation, installed in the ceiling space between the roof and ceiling, can also act as a fire retardant and it can have a noise-reducing function as well. It might sound unnecessary, but with certain modern roofs, a noise-reducing agent can be very important – especially if you have a corrugated iron roof.
Double glazed windows do a remarkable job in helping to keep the temperature inside a property constant. In the same way that an airplane, which at altitude is travelling in regions where the temperatures are well below minus 50, never gets freezing inside, the same can be the case for a house with double glazed windows. This is simply two layers of glass with a small space between them. It is the space between the two layers of glass that helps to prevent a transfer of heat or cold and which leads to a degree of internal consistency.
Trees and plants
The greener your garden the more you will be comforted from the heat. If you have a yard that is full of cement and hard surfaces, then you will find it hard to minimise the effect of the heat. So, plant liberally. Trees make shade and provide cool and comfort to their surrounding environments. The same applies to plants. They can be hardy shrubs or whatever it is that grows naturally in the area, but they will make a big difference.