UK heatwave: Cool your house down with this 68p tin foil trick

Many of us are struggling to find cheap ways to cool down, as temperatures are expected to soar to 30C this week amid the UK heatwave.

Meanwhile, Brits are turning to fans and air conditioning as a way to stay cool, but these are increasingly expensive to run amid the cost-of-living crisis.

However, Leeds Live has revealed a little known hack that can cool your house down with just a 68p roll of tin foil – sold in Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Aldi.

The cheap hack involves rolling out kitchen foil and spreading it on the windows that get direct sunlight.

Normally, when sunlight shines through a window, it intensifies the heat of the sun and makes your house even warmer.

But foil works by reflecting the sun off the window, sending it back outside instead.

If you can’t get your hands on some foil, try keeping your window open but your curtains drawn, blocking direct sunlight from entering.

This will still warm your room slightly through the curtains.

Is this method safe?

Tin foil, also known as aluminium foil, is non toxic and it doesn’t melt until it reaches 660C – therefore this is completely safe during a heatwave.

Other ways to cool your house down your house include:

  • Opening windows and doors is an efficient way to cool down your house as this allows air to circulate through the house as long as the temperature outside is cooler than inside.

  • Placing bowls of water through the house in different rooms to evaporate into the air is another option.

  • Turn off appliances that you aren't using – these can generate small amounts of heat

  • Use energy saving LED lightbulbs – regular lightbulbs generate enormous amounts of heat

  • Keep lights off as much as possible to cool down your house and save you money


  • Experts reveal reason you should avoid a cold shower during a heatwave
  • Heatwave-busting loft hatch trick will help keep your whole house cool

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