According to Panasonic Air Conditioner research, Aussies love summer but many of us can’t handle the heat! Over half of Australians have responded badly to our scorching summers. With summer almost upon us, it is a good opportunity to think of ways to stay cool, become more mindful of our energy use and maintain our wellbeing.
Our friends at Panasonic have shortlisted the top summer tips to take care of yourself and your home over the summer months, from saving energy to staying hydrated and being allergy aware. By following these easy Top Summer Tips you can enjoy a more relaxed and energy efficient summer.
1. Drink more water – Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking two to three litres of water a day – especially on hot days. According to betterhealth.vic.gov.au, the recommended amount of water to drink each day is 2.1 litres for women and 2.6 litres for men. In summer this should be upped to combat dehydration.
2. Be allergy aware – Get into the routine of checking on pollen counts and bush fire warnings before you leave the house to see how you will be affected during the day. We’re heading for a hot summer, so check out weatherzone.com.au and bom.gov.au for weather forecasts and reports.
3. Manage allergies – According to Panasonic research, 56% of Aussies surveyed suffer from hay fever and the effects flare up most during spring and summer. By keeping windows closed and using air conditioning systems fitted with allergen deactivators, such as Panasonic nanoe-G technology, sufferers can reduce the effects felt while in the home.
4. Air Conditioners – Making a smarter choice with your air conditioner can save you money and energy. Panasonic ECONAVI technology uses human activity, sunlight and temperature sensors to intelligently adapt the cooling power according to the room conditions. With just one touch of a button, customers can enjoy energy savings of up to 38 percent on cooling mode (and up to 45 percent on heating mode).
5. Pre-set – Many people waste energy over summer by running air conditioning units all day and night. Money and energy can be saved through controlling temperature and usage while you sleep by using a pre-set programme. Most people set their units to 21 degrees in summer, however if you set the temperature to 23-24°C, you will be comfortable while reducing energy wastage. A great top summer tips!
6. Eat healthy – Ensure you get enough nutrients in your diet to stay energised and healthy. A balanced diet with portion control is key to a healthy summer. For further advice on healthy eating, check out sites like the Heart Foundation or Eat For Health (eatforhealth.gov.au).
7. Eat outdoors – Take advantage of the hot weather and cook outside using grills, or enjoy more quick and cold meals such as salads. By reducing the use of ovens you will save on energy consumption over summer. Let us know your best summer BBQ spots.
8. Think sun protection – Carry sunscreen with you at all times. Small pocket sized tubes are handy for when you’re caught outside and need a top up to protect against UVA and UVB rays. The Cancer Council advises using SPF30 or above, and reapplying liberally every two hours or after swimming and exercising.
9. Cool off – In hotter months a cool shower can be refreshing as well as energy saving. According to Energy Australia, by reducing water temperature you can save on energy bills. Also consider installing water saving shower heads and timers for reducing time in the shower.
10. Live alfresco – Get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Summer is the perfect time to escape the same four walls, and being outside means your energy consumption drops. For inspiration, check out websites like www.au.timeout.com/sydney/ for activities to get you out of the house.