curtains blowing in open  windowThere are low-energy ways to cool your house in hot weather.

Message provides tips to keep homes cool in summer heat

As the summer days get hotter, you may be looking for ways to cool your home without using the air conditioner or racking up large energy bills.

In a message sent Monday to UWindsor staff and faculty, Human Resources shares tips to help keep indoor temperatures down:

  • Keep blinds and curtains closed, especially on south and west-facing windows.
  • If you have a ceiling fan, set its speed to high and rotation to push the air straight down.
  • Close doors and vents in rooms you are not using to keep the cool air where you need it most and not waste energy on unoccupied spaces.
  • Place a shallow bowl or pan of ice in front of a fan to create a cooling breeze.
  • Switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent or LED bulbs.

Read the entire Wellness Tip of the Week.