Having trouble Beating the Heat?

July 21, 2011 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Now that the heat wave has hit I know we are all looking for ways to stay cool.  Whether you have air conditioning or not there are ways you can keep cool while keeping your energy bills down and positively impacting the planet. Here are some tips:

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*Wear loose breathable clothing.  Linen and seersucker are great for keeping cool.  Try to stay away from fabrics that don’t breath like jeans and khakis as these will only make you hotter.  Also try wearing umbrellas and hats to block you from the sun, and they can make great style accessories!

*Eat small meals throughout the day so that your body doesn’t have to overwork by digesting a large meal.  Also try eating spicy foods.  I know this may seem strange but many great spicy foods come from hotter areas.  The secret behind this is that spicy foods make you sweat without raising your body temperature so this in turn cools you down.

*Sleeping- now I know this is very hard to do when it is hot but there are a couple of tricks.  Try putting your sheets in the freezer a half an hour before going to sleep to cool your entire bed.  Also try to have organic cotton sheets and pillows as opposed to latex or down as that will only trap the heat.

*Try taking cold water or ice and putting them on your pulse points- your wrists, the back of your neck etc.

*Try to use the microwave or cook outside whenever possible as opposed to using the oven, as this will only add heat to your home.

*Use fans!  Fans can lower the temperature in a room 5-7 degrees which can make a big difference in this heat.  The bigger the fan the bigger the benefit so ceiling fans and whole house fans are best.  Make sure your fans are spinning in the correct direction to push the cool air down to you so you get the full benefit!  Also make sure to turn fans off when you leave as they are not cooling anything down when you are not there.

If nothing else try going to a movie or dinner in a nicely air conditioned place, or taking a cold shower.  Also try to minimize your physical activity outside during the heat of the day.  And remember, drink lots of water!

Stay Cool,

Anne, EnAct Program Manager

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