Keep Cool This Summer

It’s tempting to turn on the air conditioner once the hot, summer weather sets in. There are other ways, however, to keep cool while saving energy. The added bonus is the savings you’ll see on your electric bill!

The oldest trick in the book is to 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.

A simple spray bottle that can be purchased for a few dollars works wonders when on the go or outside doing yard work. Fill with cold water and add a few ice cubes if you are going to be outside for awhile. Spray on your face, arms and neck as a simple, inexpensive spritz.

Remember to stick to wearing light colored clothing. Spend the hottest part of the day inside, instead of in the burning sun. Take time for a “siesta” and kick back your feet and relax in the shade.

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.

Don’t run the oven or stove during the summer. Think of simple dinner ideas, a picnic with sandwiches or salads.

All in all, a little planning and a lot of water can keep you cool on even some of the hottest of days. The most important though, is drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated.

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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