June is here and hot summer temperatures are knocking at the front door. In many parts of the country, air conditioning systems are all but required for keeping a house comfortable. In more temperate areas, homeowners sweat out a few hot ones to avoid dropping money on new cooling systems. But there’s more than one way to cool a cat and we’re interested in creative ways homeowners can beat the heat without the use of A/C.

Why We’re Asking:

Air conditioning has gotten better over the years, but it still uses tons of energy when compared to more passive cooling methods that are easier on the environment and on your wallet. Our experts represent a variety of industries, from electricians to designers and from plumbers to professional organizers. We’re excited to find out how architects keep homes cool with open floor plans and creative air flows. We want to explore the ways roofers reduce heat with better insulation. In short, we want to find out how our experts are cooling the country, one home improvement project at a time.

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

What are your favorite creative cooling solutions?

What options do homeowners have for staying cool besides air conditioning and fans?
How can design and architecture play a role in keeping temperatures lower?
For our green experts, what are the most energy efficient options for keeping a cool house and low energy bill?
Are there any emerging technologies for cooling that homeowners should pay attention to?

We don’t just want to hear about your solutions, we want to see them! If you have pictures or examples of your favorite cooling ideas, send them to melissa@elocal.com and we’ll feature them in our final summary post.

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!