The heat in Thailand encourages many of us to reach for the air conditioning remote or to turn the fan on in an attempt to keep cool. Usage of both air-cooling measures are effective but come at a cost to electricity bills not to mention the environmental impact.
With so much sunshine there is hope that greener energy such as solar panels will take off but in the meantime, what can we do to keep cool at home without consuming any electricity?
1. Keep the sun out
Invest in some thick curtains or blinds that do not allow the sun to pour in. Shutting these when you are not at home will make a difference in how much heat will come into your home. Even better get some thermal insulated curtains as it is estimated that about 30 percent of unwanted heat seeps in through the windows.
2. Check for leaks
Gaps around doors and windows will provide an avenue for cool air to filter out and warm air to creep in. Fill any gaps and ensure everywhere is sealed tight.
3. Shut the doors
Similarly, ensure that any doors are closed to rooms that are not in use to keep the warmth in the rooms, not in use.
4. Drink plenty of water
Keeping hydrated will help maintain body temperatures to try and combat the heat. It is possibly one of the best ways to keep cool, so remember to drink water throughout the day
5. Take a dip
Many condominiums have swimming pools so take advantage of this natural cooling method and refresh in the pool to stop you reaching for the air conditioning when returning home.
6. Get a takeaway
Using the oven will expel heat into your home so one option is to order takeaway, alternatively, regulate your oven’s usage using it at the coolest time of the day.
7. Take advantage of natural airflow
Should you live somewhere where the temperature drops in the evening, open the windows and take advantage of this natural airflow to help reduce the temperature of your home.
And if all else fails, take a cold shower in your clothes as the dampness will keep you cool for hours!
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