Making your house cooler in summer

We all dream about nice, hot summers. However, most of our homes are designed to keep us warm, not cold, thus we need to be creative about cooling our houses down. Here are some tips that might be of some help.

Humidity at home – dry your clothes wisely

Historic Environment Scotland tells us that data gathered and analysed in Scotland’s Climate Trends Handbook indicates that since the 1960s average precipitation has increased by 27 per cent, and in north and west Scotland winter precipitation has increased by over 70 per cent (Climate change adaptation for traditional buildings, Short Guide 11). This is one of the reasons why it is important to control humidity in our homes. Keeping your home’s humidity levels right will not only lower you heating bills but also improve your health.

Check energy prices

If you are thinking about changing your energy supplier, there are few questions that you need to find answers to:

  • What is the cost per unit?
  • Is there a standing charge?
  • Will prices change?
  • Are there any changes for exiting the contract prematurely?
  • Are there any discount for dual fuel?
  • How can I pay my bills?
  • Are there any costs to changing the payment method?
  • Where can I pay my bills?
  • What happens if I cannot pay?

If you need more help, just email our Home Energy Adviser at kasha@sustainableselkirk.org.uk

Monitor your energy usage

There are different ways how you can monitor your energy usage at home. You can (or rather your energy supplier) install a smart meter, electricity monitor or use a plug-in electricity power consumption meter. The first two (smart meter and electricity monitor) monitor your whole house electricity usage and a plug-in meter tells you exactly how many kWh a particular device or appliance is drawing. Whatever tool you’ve got, it will help you keep track of how much energy you’re using at home.