4. Look around you
Closing the drapes and blinds are the most simple and yet the most overlooked thing to do, in order to keep a house cooler during summer. As soon as you get out of your bed, remember to close them—having your blinds closed will drastically minimize your energy bills.
“You know how, in an airplane, they want you to lower the shades on the windows to keep it cool when you’re landing in a warm destination? Well, the same principle goes for your home, and it makes such a difference,” says New York–based debt-resolution lawyer Leslie Tayne, author of Life & Debt.
Blinds, shades, and drapery are all smart options that can make your existing windows exceedingly efficient. As a plus, they will complement any interior design.