Keep cool and save money this summer

Your home

For the next week or so we’ll be experiencing the warmest weather we’ve had in a while. And even though it can be enjoyable, your home may be getting warmer.

Hot weather advice

So, we’ve put together some tips to:

  • help you keep your home cooler
  • Save energy and money

Close curtains and blinds

Keep your curtains and blinds closed during the day to stop the sun’s rays coming through your windows and bringing in more heat.

Open your windows at night

if possible, open your windows in the evenings. The temperature tends to fall at night, so opening windows will allow cooler air to circulate through your rooms and help you sleep better.

Go for cotton and linen sheets

Try to keep away from satin and silk sheets during the warmer weather, choosing cotton or linen sheets instead. Light-coloured bedsheets made of light fabrics are breathable, so better to stay cool and sleep in.

Switch off appliances

You’d be surprised how much heat is generated from appliances around your home. Turn off your appliances when they’re not in use. Your home will be cooler, and you’ll save money on your energy bills too.

Keep your lights off

There’s less need for artificial light now that it’s lighter outside for longer. So turn your lights off when you don’t need them. If you have conventional incandescent light bulbs, switch to low energy light bulbs to reduce the amount of heat your lights produce.

Invest in a good fan

A fan can keep you cool and also help you sleep during the night, but you need to make sure you’re using it right. Set your fan on the floor and point it upwards. Since heat rises the coolest air in your home will be at floor level.

More information

You can find a range of articles on our customer website to help you save money and keep your finances on track, including: