If you're renovating this summer, why not consider implementing some strategic home decorating tips to help keep your home cool?
The Australian summer can get sweltering in some areas, but you don't have to break the budget in order to stop your home from heating up.
Install thermal curtains
When it's really hot outside, the warm air can come straight through unprotected windows and into your home. The best solution to this is to shade your windows whenever possible. You could do this by placing awnings or trees around north and west facing windows, or a simpler solution may be to install new curtains.
Thick curtains with a block-out backing can help to provide an extra seal between windows and the outdoors. They'll work to keep heat out in summer, while locking in warmth during winter.
Choose fans instead of air conditioners
Air conditioning is a luxury that many of us can't afford - not to mention it consumes more energy than other appliances
The Consumers Federation of Australia recommends using ceiling and pedestal fans instead of air conditioning units, which can add approximately $530 to the yearly electrical bill. In contrast, fans can cost as little as $15 - $30 to run per year.
Utilise your outdoor areas
Get outside during the cooler times (early morning and evening) as much as possible to cool your body down naturally. Open up doors and windows during these hours to let hot air escape and colder air into your home.
If you have a balcony, patio or backyard, utilise it. Cook on the barbecue, have a drink with friends under the stars or just take time to chill out in the great outdoors.