5 Great Tips for Keeping Cool This Summer
Summer should be a time of fun and relaxation, but sometimes the rising temperatures, and so, electricity bills, can put a bummer on your summer. Do not despair! Here are 5 tips that will help you keep cool in these hotter months:
1) My favorite way to stay cool is to have snacks nearby that not only keep you hydrated, but also react with your body in a natural way to cool you down. Watermelon, cucumber, mango, and pineapple, make a colorful and delicious centerpiece for outdoor parties in the summer. More importantly, though, these foods will keep everyone cool and comfortable. For families, it offers a nutritious choice for keeping cool. I’d like to add that munching on a popsicle will work temporarily if you’re not exactly a fruit salad person.
2) This one seems obvious, but it really does work! Keep a rag close by. Any time you feel like sweating your pants off, wet it with cool water and dab it onto your forehead, the back of your neck, or anywhere else you feel needs a cooling touch. As the water evaporates from your skin, it’ll pull the extra heat from your pores along with it.
3) If you’re looking to decrease energy consumption while still keeping your home cool, there are a few ways to do so. One way, is to have light reflecting blinds or curtains up over your windows and to keep them closed during the day. Sometimes, they’ll actually tell you on the package if they have light cancelling or heat blocking qualities. Indoor plants are great at absorbing extra heat energy and water in the air, thus reducing the surrounding area’s heat and humidity. You can also try and wait until the sun has set to use home appliances such as dishwashers or ovens that may put out additional heat.
4) Getting a haircut in the early months of summer is a relatively cheap and easy way to keep cool. Thinning your hair out can be a big help. Some women even opt to have the back of their head shaved underneath their top layer of hair. This allows you to both keep your hair down and off the back of your neck on hot days.
5) Perhaps most important tip, is to freeze a couple of water bottles (preferably reusable), the night before. Then, you’ll have ice cold water close by all day long. Not only is it cool and refreshing, but the fact that the ice has to melt before drinking means that you’ll be more likely to take nice, slow sips throughout the day rather than a few big drinks here and there.