Origin Bank’s Summer Survival Guide: Stay Cool Without Breaking the Bank

As the sun blazes and temperatures continue to soar, cooling off is a top priority. But with rising HVAC costs and mounting environmental concerns, staying cool comes at a premium. That’s why we’ve curated a list of tips and tricks to beat the heat responsibly, helping you to stay comfortable while reducing your environmental impact. Let's dive into Origin Bank’s summer survival guide!

1. Moderate your A/C usage. During the scorching summer months, air conditioning is a lifesaver. But leaving it on full blast constantly can have a negative impact on your energy bills and on the environment. To keep your house or business comfortably cool without breaking the bank, set your thermostat to a temperature that feels pleasant, but not chilly. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting it to 78°F when you're at home. If this isn’t feasible for your area and comfort levels, consider decreasing your A/C usage by using a programmable thermostat when you’re away from home. These gadgets allow you to schedule temperature adjustments, so the A/C isn’t on full blast when you’re not around to appreciate it.

2. Take advantage of fans and ventilation. A/C isn’t the only way to keep your home cool – fans are an energy-efficient alternative, circulating and distributing cool air throughout a room. To save energy and money, turn on your ceiling fans before punching down the thermostat. And to create a cross-breeze, consider opening up a window to increase circulation even more.

3. Hang window coverings. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out direct sunlight and prevent heat buildup indoors. And when the air cools off during the evening, consider opening the windows for natural ventilation.

4. Stay hydrated. Staying cool isn’t just about regulating your home temperature – it’s equally important to regulate your body temperature by staying hydrated. Keep a reusable water bottle on hand, drinking constantly throughout the day to replenish lost fluids and stay hydrated. You can even add slices of cucumber, lemon, or mint for a refreshing (and cooling) twist.

5. Wear breathable clothing. Wearing the right clothes can make you significantly more comfortable during the hot summer months. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, opt for loose-fitting, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen to allow for better airflow. This breathability also aids in moisture evaporation, keeping you cooler.

6. Plant trees and shrubs for shade. Greenery provides natural shade, significantly reducing the amount of heat absorbed by your home. By strategically planting trees and shrubs around your house, you can create a natural cooling canopy without excessive reliance on air conditioning. Greenery can also help combat the heat island effect, an urban phenomenon that occurs when concrete and asphalt retain excess heat.

7. Opt for oven-free cooking. Reduce indoor heat by preparing meals that don't require the oven, such as salads, smoothies, or other no-cook recipes. These alternatives not only reduce energy usage, but they also help cool the body internally.

As summer heats up, staying cool while keeping your expenses in check can be a struggle. But by trying out these tips and tricks, you can beat the heat without breaking the bank. At Origin Bank, it’s our mission to help our customers save money, live better, and reach their financial goals. If you have a question about making your money work for you, contact a Trusted Advisor today.