Stay cool Mon, Aug 03, 2015
With the recent high temperatures, I came across some tips for staying cool on greatist.com by Sophia Breene. These tips lessen the use of AC and might be helpful to you.
1. Cool sheets - Do you like cool sheets? In the morning, place them in a paper bag in your fridge.
2. Pulse points - Place a water bottle or ice pack in the freezer to help cool you down. Use it on your pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, ankles, and behind the knees.
3. Rice - An alternative to a frozen water bottle or ice pack is to fill a sock with rice. Tie the sock off and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so. The compress will stay chilly for around 30 minutes or so.
4. Fan out - Point a box fan out the window so it's pushing hot air out of the room. If you have a ceiling fan, ensure the blades are running counterclockwise in order to pull hot air up and out of a room.
5. DIY mister - Position a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works well) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
6. Hydrate - Drink a glass of water before bed.
7. Hit the shower - Take a cold shower before bed.
8. A bucket - If a cold shower is too much, try placing your feet in a bucket of cold water.
9. Get low - As you know, hot air rises, so the lower to the ground you are the cooler it will be.
10. Unplug - Lights, small appliances, electronic devices, etc. all emit heat so if you can disconnect any of these, it will help reduce the heat in your residence.
11. New recipes - Avoid using your oven.