25 Ways to Beat the Heat!
Sometimes when the temperatures rise you just can’t do without it, but staying cool in hot weather doesn’t mean you have to have your A/C running 24/7. There are plenty of ways to cool yourself and your home down for less. Check out our master list of 25 Savvy Cooling Tips that are good for the environment and kind to your wallet.
- Stay hydrated! Try drinking eight ounces of water every hour. Adding mint leaves, orange, lemon or cucumber slices makes your water even more refreshing.
- Store a few plastic bottles with water in the freezer, so you can grab one when you go outside and enjoy some cold water as the ice melts.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks because they tend to cause you lose more fluid.
- Keep the back of your neck in shade—wear a cap backwards, a light scarf, or a floppy sun hat.
- Put a wet handkerchief or a towel on the back of the neck.
- Place an ice pack behind your neck.
- Wet your hair.
- Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the fridge for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
- Run cold water over your wrists for 10 seconds on each hand. This will reduce your temperature for roughly an hour.
- Soak your feet in a bucket of cold water. Kids wading pools are great for adults’ feet, too.
- In times of emergency, wet your t-shirt and sit by the fan.
- Or… fill your bathtub with cool water and get in!
- Keep your lotions in the refrigerator to use on hot, tired feet.
- Build a DIY air conditioner.
- Fans use less energy than an air conditioning unit, so having one or two around is always a good idea.
- If you absolutely have to use the A/C, make sure the unit is shaded. If your A/C is in full sun, it's working harder than it needs to.
- Use fans to circulate cool air in the room even when your A/C is on. This way, you won’t have to use it to the max and actually save some energy.
- Keep exterior doors and windows closed during the hottest part of the day. Close the blinds and draw the drapes to block the sun’s heat.
- Open windows at night to allow some cooler air inside – but be sure to get up on time to close them when the sun is up again.
- Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored cotton and linen clothes.
- Use sunscreen liberally. Not only sunscreens protect you from violent ultraviolet rays, but they also can decrease your skin and body temperatures.
- Try to replace heavy hot foods with lighter summer fare. Think cold veggies, fruit or low-fat dairy products.
- Eat more frequently and in smaller portions.
- Use the microwave instead of the conventional oven to prepare the meals.
- Turn off all electronic devices and appliances when you are not using them. Did you know incandescent light bulbs are a big heat generator?
Stay Cool and Carry On!