Summer inevitably brings unbearably hot weather. While blasting the air conditioning at home is one way to lower your body temperature, there are plenty of ways to stay cool in the summer that won't rack up your electricity bill. Payless Power offers 10 creative tips for staying cool in the summer without breaking the bank.
1. Turn the lights off.
One of the best parts about summer is the sunshine. Any type of power or electricity in a home generates heat, so when the lights are on in the house, they will generate unnecessary heat that will further warm your already warm home. Embrace natural direct sunlight and keep the lights off during the day and evening before the sun sets. Not only will you benefit from the light of long summer days, you will save money on electricity too!
2. Dunk your feet in cold water.
Feet are a critical component of regulating your body temperature because as an extremity, they have slower blood circulation. This makes them very sensitive to temperature variations. It might sting at first, but consider dunking your feet in cold water, or spraying them with cold water from the hose. Once your feet are cold from the water, the rest of your body will quickly follow suit, helping you feel cooler.
3. Stay away from the stove and oven.
Summer is the time for barbecues and eating food outdoors to take advantage of the beautiful evening weather. It is not the time to cook a full meal in the oven or on the stove. Since both of these appliances let off heat into the house, they waste energy that you do not need to use in the summer. Take a break from cooking or baking in the kitchen. Stick to salads or fruits and make simple meals that do not require much cooking time or powered appliances. Who doesn’t love a refreshing salad after a long hot day?
4. Freeze your fruit.
Fruit is best in the summertime, but everyone knows how quickly fruit can spoil. Why not freeze those fresh blueberries or bananas? Frozen melon is a great food to eat after dinner. Frozen grapes taste like candy, and will cool you down while you eat them. Frozen fruit can be a quick and easy treat for sweaty kids who have been playing outside all day, and for the parents who have been chasing after them!
5. Open windows in the morning and night.
Sometimes it gets too hot to keep the windows open all day. But even on those unbearably hot days, aim to keep the windows open in the early morning and late evening, before and after the hottest part of the day. With the windows open, you will have a nice cool breeze running through the house to begin and end the day.
6. Wear loose and lightweight clothing.
Everyone knows the feeling: you are sweating and all of your clothes are stuck to your body. It is not a pleasant feeling at all. But this summer, you can avoid that uncomfortable feeling by wearing loose fitting and lightweight clothing. Looser clothing is always better for the summer heat. Try to wear cotton whenever possible. Cotton absorbs moisture and helps your body to stay cool in the summer heat. In a loose cotton t-shirt, you can enjoy the warm weather without feeling uncomfortable. Here’s a bonus tip: use cotton sheets on your bed and wear cotton pajamas to sleep to help keep your body cool throughout the night!
7. Wrap a cold towel around your neck.
Just like your feet, the back of your neck is a very sensitive part of the body, and is especially sensitive to temperature. Place a towel in cool water and put it in the freezer for a few minutes (and enjoy the chill from cool freezer!). Then when the towel is nice and cool, wrap it around your neck. This will help the rest of your body cool off and and help you stay cool on those uncomfortably hot days.
8. Pop clothes in the freezer.
A freezer is good for more than just making ice. In fact, the freezer is loaded with tricks to help keep you cool this summer. Before bed, pop your pajamas in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer for a few minutes. When you put your pajamas back on, you will be completely cooled off and ready for a peaceful night’s sleep. Cold pajamas are a great and easy trick to stay cool this summer.
9. Use a fan.
Fans are a great way to generate air flow inside the house. But if the house is already hot, the fan might just push around warm air. Instead of moving around hot air, try pointing the fan out an open window. The fan will push the hot air outside, allowing for some cool air to move in. Another option is to place a fan across from an open window to create a cooling cross-breeze. This cross-breeze will cool off the room, and hopefully you too!
10. Heat rises, so stay close to the ground.
We’ll say it again: heat rises! This means that the higher up you are inside a house, the warmer you will be. So stay as close to the ground floor as possible. If all the bedrooms are upstairs, try having a big sleepover on the first floor with the kids. This is a creative way to have fun together and cool off from that Texas heat. The closer to the ground you are, the cooler you will be this summer.