For a cooler home during Heatwave?

It may not be possible to halt the onslaught of a heat wave but it is very well possible to reduce its effects. Here are some simple, effective and low-cost solutions to ensure your home stays cool through the scorching summers:

- Use solar-reflective white paint and cool roof technology. It will reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat, thus reducing the amount of heat conducted to your home. Studies have shown that cool roofs can be up to 30 degrees Celsius cooler than conventional roofs and can bring the indoor temperatures down by 3-5 degrees Celsius.

- Use dark colour curtains, tinted glass/ shutters or sunshade through the day. Keep your windows, especially those right opposite another, open during mornings and late evenings when the air is comparatively cooler.

- Go for green roofs, green walls and indoor plants. They reduce heat by cooling the building naturally and reducing air-conditioning requirements. You can also keep haystacks on roofs.

- Install temporary window reflectors such as aluminium foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside.

- Use energy-efficient appliances, clean fuel and alternative sources of energy. Turn off lights when not in use – they radiate heat and fuel your power bills too.

- Maintain AC temperature at 24 degrees or higher. This will reduce your electricity bill and keep you healthier.

- If possible, use natural materials such as lime or mud to coat walls.
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