Cooling a Room Without AC

Leaving windows open during the day's hottest hours lets in heat. When it's hot, shade your home's exterior with an awning or shutters.

Fans are a terrific method to stay cool, but you'll need to be inventive. Fan across an open window creates a cross-breeze.

Bathroom and kitchen fans remove heat and humidity. Use exhaust fans more often in the summer to cool your house 

Energy-wasting incandescent bulbs. They emit 10% light and 90% heat. LED lamps can cool your house and save energy costs.

Don't overuse your oven. Try cooking outside or eating nonheated dishes.

Open your windows at night to enjoy the air. Use screens to keep mosquitoes and flies out while letting in cool air.