Create some shade
The best way to keep out the heat is to stop the sun from entering your home in the first place. Shade the windows, especially on the northern and western sides of the house. Retractable window awnings are a good option. Leave them out during summer and pull them back during winter when you want the warmth of the sun to come in and help heat your home.
Plant some trees
A less expensive option that awnings is to plant some trees or shrubs that can shade your windows. With the right selection. you’ll also get a stunning display of flowers too. An evergreen option is the Lilly Pilly. To let the winter sun through, go for a deciduous tree like the magnolia.
Insulate your ceiling
Installing ceiling insulation is the most cost effective way to make your home more comfortable. It prevents the heat from the roof penetrating into your house. This is especially important if you have air conditioning as you won’t have to run it for as long to keep the same temperature, reducing your energy use and saving you money. Make the insulation tight against your ceiling joists and keep it around 20cm from any downlights
Keep the bugs out
To keep those pesky flies and mozzies out of your place, install some flyscreens. You don’t have to spend a fortune getting someone to do it either. All the bits and pieces you need can be found at your hardware store. Cut them to size and then slot them together with corner pieces. Fit the flyscreen mesh and put them into your windows. Too easy!