Today, my sweet friend, Cheryl is sharing four fabulous “green” tips for staying cool during this ridiculously hot weather. Be sure to visit Cheryl’s inspiring blog – Adventures of a Somewhat Crunchy Mama!
Summer is in full swing! We’ve had weeks with temperatures steadily over 100° and we’re in Pennsylvania people! Pennsylvania! If you’re like me you’re looking for easy ways to stay cool that don’t involve cranking the AC up to high. Keeping your air conditioner from working overtime will save not only our planet’s resources, but it could add up to money savings too. Here are four quick tips that will help you stay cool and save green (both kinds!). They work for me!
- Wear Natural Fibers : Natural fibers are cotton, linen and silk. These fabrics breathe better than synthetics, which basically means air can more easily get through the fabric to your skin and help cool you. Synthetics work like a tent and trap hot air next to your skin, often making you feel hotter than need be.
- Turn Off The Oven : Other than being a pretty inefficient way to cook, ovens/stoves generate huge amounts of heat and will have your kitchen feeling like a sauna. Instead, opt to use your slow cooker or grill.
- Cool Those Pulse Points : This tip is especially good if you will be spending long periods of time outside. Pulse points are anywhere your veins are close to the surface of the skin, wrists, temples, backs of the knees and ankles. Apply a wet towel or napkin or splash water on your pulse points. As the blood flows by the water works as a “cooling station” and helps keep your body temperature low.
- Stay Low : Since warm air rises try to spend most of your time on the lower floors of the house. If you have little ones, play on the floor rather than at a table or on the couch. This is even better if you have hardwoods or tile. You can even “take it to the next level” and play in the basement. What child wouldn’t love a game of hide and go seek in the dark basement?
How do YOU stay cool during these stifling hot days?