Beat The Heat: 5 Tips For Staying Cool At Home Without Incurring A Hefty Utility Bill

It’s no secret that Singapore’s an extremely hot and humid country. Whilst blasting the air conditioning is an easy and tempting way to beat the heat and stay cool, it might not be the most healthy or environmentally friendly way to do so. It’s also definitely not the most wallet-friendly method to either. 

Here are 5 wallet-friendly tips that will help you to stay cool at home, without having to incur a hefty utility bill:

1. Make use of fans instead 

While a fan might not make your home feel as cool as an air conditioner, it’s still a good way to stay cool at home. Fans are also a more energy efficient and cost-effective way to stay cool, using between 10 and 120 watts of energy, compared to an air conditioner that uses between 750 and 3500 watts of energy. 

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying that you should completely avoid using your air conditioning! Instead, consider switching on your air conditioner for an hour to cool the room down, before switching it off and switching your fan on. Such a strategy will definitely help you to beat the heat in a more cost and energy efficient manner. 

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2. Change your lights 

Lights are often a highly neglected aspect of one’s home. While lights are small fixtures in the home, the wrong lights can actually significantly contribute to the rising heat in your home. 

If you’re currently using incandescent light bulbs, you might want to switch them out for more energy-efficient lighting options such as Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs . Not only are these lighting options more energy and cost efficient, they also produce significantly less heat than incandescent light bulbs, whilst still maintaining the same level of brightness. 

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3. Swap out your duvet for one that’s suited for hot weather 

Ever woken up in the middle of the night, feeling hot and sticky and thus unable to go back to bed? Well, you’re definitely not alone. For many people, waking up in the middle of the night and feeling hot and sticky is not the most pleasant feeling. It often leaves us feeling exhausted and grouchy in the mornings too! While the hot and humid weather has a part to play in causing this scenario, it might also simply indicate that you’re not using the right duvet that’s suitable for Singapore’s climate. 

You’re certainly not alone if you love snuggling under a thick duvet and one that makes you feel like you’re encapsulated in a plush cocoon. However, more often than not, such duvets are simply not designed for Singapore’s climate, and are instead meant for cooler climates. 

This absolutely doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a similar plush and comfortable sleeping experience, without having to worry about overheating and waking up feeling hot and sticky. Instead, always look out for duvets that are designed specifically for warmer weather. Here at HipVan, we carry some of the most luxurious duvets you’ll probably find. Made of 100% cotton, our duvets are ultra-gentle on the skin and highly breathable, guaranteeing sweat-free and cooling nights, allowing you to wake up feeling fresh every morning.

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4. Introduce some greenery into your home 

A great and natural way to stay cool at home is to introduce some plants into your living space. As if sprucing up your home, reducing stress, increasing productivity and improving air quality isn’t enough, introducing some plants into your home can also significantly lower air temperatures. 

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For parents, this can also be a fun activity to try with your children, one that can provide various learning opportunities for them as well!

5. Ice-cold snacks 

There’s no better feeling than having an ice-cold snack or drink to beat the heat. Apart from being an instant solution to beat the heat and cool down, an ice-cold snack or drink may also help to satisfy your sweet tooth. From popsicles to ice-cream, here are some recipes for ice-cold snacks that will definitely help you to beat the heat in Singapore: 

Peach Yoghurt Popsicles 

Peach yogurt popsicles used with Zoku popsicle sticks

Recipe adapted from: Zoku

What you will need: 

Directions: 

  • Place peaches, avocado and yoghurt into a blender and blend till smooth. 

  • Pour the blended mixture into your popsicle molds and leave them to freeze in the freezer (approximately an hour) 

Kiwi Banana Spinach Popsicles 

Kiwi banana spinach popsicles made with Zoku popsicle sticks

Recipe adapted from: Zoku

What you will need: 

Method: 

  • Add the spinach and milk into the blender and blend until smooth. 

  • Add the remaining ingredients into the blender and blend till smooth. 

  • Pour the blended mixture into your popsicle molds and leave them in the freezer for at least 6 hours. 

 Vanilla Ice Cream

Scoops of vanilla ice cream made with Cuisinart ice cream maker, served in glass cups and with metal spoons

Recipe adapted from: Cusinart

What you will need: 

Method: 

  • Take out the freezer bowl that comes together with your ice cream maker and place it into the freezer, overnight. 

  • In a bowl, combine the milk, sugar and salt. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. 

  • Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. 

  • Cover and refrigerate this mixture for at least 1 to 2 nights, or overnight. 

  • Turn on your Cuisinart Ice cream Maker. Pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened (about 15 to 20 minutes). 

  • The mixture should have a soft, creamy texture and is ready to serve. 

    • If a firmer consistency is preferred, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in the freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from the freezer about 15 minutes before serving. 

The above are some of our suggestions to beat the heat in Singapore and we hope they'll help you to stay cool at home! 


References: 

  1. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money

  2. http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/healthyin.html

  3. https://www.zokuhome.com/pages/zokublog

  4. https://www.cuisinart.com/recipes/ 










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