If you’re in the US, chances are that this summer you’ve been dealing with day after day of dry, sweltering heat. Just because kids are going back to school doesn’t mean summer is over, and it doesn’t mean this nasty heat is going to ease up. Many places around the country have been seeing fewer days in the triple digits, but hot is hot. And while you may be tempted to turn that thermostat way down, there are other alternatives that aren’t so pricey. Today, I want to share a few ways to keep cool without the A/C.
1. Close windows and blinds.
During the day, keeping windows and blinds shut will keep out the heat of the sun. But if the temperatures at night are mild, opening them and letting some of that cool air in will certainly help.
2. Use a fan.
If you have a ceiling fan, use it when you are in the room. If you have a box of stand fan, put it near you and keep a spray bottle close. At night, if there is a cool breeze, position the fan next to an open window to maximize the natural breeze.
3. Eat (or drink) cold foods.
Try a chilled fruit salad, ice water, or just popping food in the microwave. Using appliances like the oven will heat your house even more. Using an outdoor grill is helpful too.
Light bulbs give off heat, as do other electronics. Keeping lights, televisions, and computers off when not in use will reduce the heat they give off.
5. Take a dip.
If you’re hot, try cooling your body temperature by going swimming or taking a cool shower. You can also us ice cubes to keep your wrists, neck, and arms cool.
6. Think in the long term.
There are many things you can do that will eventually help cool your house. Things such as installing better insulation, putting awnings above windows, and planting trees will all keep your house much cooler in the summer. It just may take a few summers to reap those rewards.
Hopefully, Fall will bring cooler temperatures across the country. But, it’s only the beginning of August. Summer still has some time to do some damage. So, instead of letting Summer take over your bills, try some of these simple tips and stay cool.