This post is sponsored by Cool R Us, but as always all opinions are completely my own.
Where we live, it can get pretty hot. By Dutch standards, it gets insanely hot. Although I love the sun and the summer weather, July and August can be a bit too hot, even for my “I-want-to-be-outside-in-the-sun-all-the-time” attitude.
Luckily, we have air conditioning in our place, but I don’t like to let it run all the time. I especially don’t like to turn it on at night, since I don’t want the little guy to get the typical air-conditioning cold. And let’s not forget how expensive keeping the air conditioner on 24/7 can be. In order to survive those hot months, we have found some tips and tricks to make the heat a bit more bearable without spending our entire paycheck on air conditioning.
During those summer months, we often escape for the weekend to cooler places. We tend to visit family and friends in the Netherlands every summer, but we also do smaller getaways to the beach or to the mountains. C’s family is from the Pyrenees, so they have a nice, cool house that we can visit. We also like to stay at a bed and breakfast or something close to the beach, because the breeze makes everything much cooler.
- Close the blinds
We have blinds on the outside of every window and balcony door. We always keep these closed when the sun is shining on that side of the house to keep the heat out of the house. This helps quite a bit. If you don’t have blinds on the outside, blackout blinds on the inside can help you generate the same effect.
- Use fans
Ceiling or floor fans that simply move the air around can help you achieve a cooler feel. We have several floor fans for when we don’t want to turn on the air conditioner but we do want a bit of fresh air to avoid feeling overheated.
- Limit hot meals or cook outside
Since the stove and the oven create a lot of heat, we limit hot meals quite a bit during the summer months. Besides, due to the heat, I often feel more like a fresh salad than a warm meal anyway. During the summer, we eat more salads, couscous, gazpacho, and cheese platters, so we use the stove and oven much less than usual. We also use the barbecue to cook outside in the evenings when it starts to cool down a little bit.
Of course, it will always be hot during the summer in Spain, especially if you’re not really used to this type of heat. (Let’s face it. We don’t have this level of heat in the Netherlands!) But with some small adjustments at home, you can definitely make the summer bearable without paying a lot for your utility bill. So for now, this Dutchie is surviving quite well. What are your tips and tricks to keep the heat out?