Save Energy While Keeping Cool This Summer

Anyone that has caught the evening news, or read the daily paper, is constantly reminded of the need to clean up our earth. Energy is one of the items in the hot spot, as the price increases, and there is simply not enough “green energy” being used yet at this point in time.

While it’s a wonderful dream for all of us to have fancy solar panels hooked up, relying on the sun alone to heat and cool our home, it’s simply not a fiscal reality for everyone.

With the hot days of summer here, it’s tempting to flip on the air conditioner to cool off when you feel like melting away. There are things you can do, however, to keep yourself cool while using less energy. Not only will it help lower your electric bill, but also take steps towards greening up our Mother Earth.

The most common solution comes passed down from our parents and grandparents, and long before the days of air conditioners. Run cold water on the insides of your wrists and splash it on the nape of your neck. Plunge a washcloth into a basin of cold water, and rub your forehead and the back of your hairline. This is especially effective if you flip on the switch to your fan, and enjoy the air as it hits your cool, damp skin.

Since we’re on the subject of fans, which use a lot less energy than air conditioning, fill up a bowl of ice and set it in front of the fan to blow cool air on you. Common sense dictates that you need to be exceptionally careful when the ice turns to water and you have an electric appliance plugged in. If you’re on the run, and can’t take your fan with you, a simple spray bottle filled with cool water can do the trick just as well.

Wearing damp clothing is a great way to keep cool! I would suggest using some discretion though, as other parents might question the need for a wet tee shirt at playgroup. On a personal note, I would tend to avoid damp denim jeans… however, throwing on a loose fitting pair of shorts and a lightweight tee shirt while damp can cool you off. Stick to light colored clothing, dark will attract the heat to you.

Soak your feet in a tub of cool water. You’re feet will not only love it, but so will the rest of your body! Keeping your feet cool, can keep the rest of your body feeling cool as well.

Close your curtains and drapes first thing in the morning to keep the sunlight and warm air out. If you have a window fan, set it to blow your air out, rather than in. When the sun goes down, open up the windows to let the cool air in.

When suppertime comes, think salads and sandwiches. If you must make a warm meal, use a crock-pot or the microwave that doesn’t shed off as much heat as your stove or oven. Or better yet, what a great excuse to order out!

All in all, a little planning and a lot of water can keep you cool on even some of the hottest of days. Drink enough water to keep from dehydrating and remember to check on elderly neighbors as well as people that have health conditions, who are especially affected by the heat.

Take care of our earth, by doing your part to save energy. It will also save your wallet!

Ann Safford

Ann is a writer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets including her dog, two cats, a horse and six chickens.She enjoys writing about natural living, simple lifestyles and frugal living.Her hobbies include spending time with her family, horseback riding and gardening.

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