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Top Ways to Stay Cool Without Turning on the Air

If you live near me, you’ll get to experience an early taste of summer in the next few days. And if you’re like me, your body’s not really adjusted to the heat. I’ve already noticed some internal grumbling on my part. So let me give you some ideas for keeping your A/C off. You’ll save money and put less burden on the earth.

1. Mind over matter. Tell yourself to stop complaining and enjoy the warmth! Goodness, we waited long enough for it.
2. Get outside earlier or later, not in the middle of the day. That’s why I’m going to run as soon as I can get out the door, not after the pavement has warmed to a mild oven-like temperature.
3. Drink plenty of water. It’s not going to be dangerously hot, but being well hydrated will make you feel better.
4. Make yourself a fresh-brewed cup of iced tea. Steep your favorite tea the way you normally do for hot tea, but let it get stronger than usual, and then pour it over a tall glass of ice cubes. Total refreshment!
5. Open your windows in the morning to let in the cool, fresh breeze. Close them about noon to keep the hot air out. Open them again when it cools down to a tolerable temperature.
6. Alternatively, open your windows the whole time. Enjoy the breeze blowing through your house. You have to have enough windows open to get the air moving, though.
7. Turn on a fan before you resort to the air conditioner.
8. Ice chips. They work wonders for women in labor, and compared to labor, a hot spring day is nothing to grumble about. Besides chewing on them, rub them on your forehead, face, and neck. Let them melt in your hair. Put them in your bra — unless you’ve taken that off, which might also be a good idea.
9. Ice cream. It might wreck your diet, but what a delicious way to go. 🙂 Might be a great time to trek to Call Hall.
10. Get into some water if you must. But really, this is a big gun — save it for times of desperation. Just soaking your feet in a few inches of cool water in your bathroom sink will work wonders.
11. Cook using your crockpot, microwave, or stove — in that order. Crockpot uses the least energy by far; microwave next, and it doesn’t heat up your kitchen. Try not to use your oven.
12. And if you have to complain about the temperature, don’t let the kids hear you! Let’s raise a generation of strong kids who aren’t addicted to climate control like we are.


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  1. * t'ilia says:

    This would sound snotty, if I didn’t preface by saying “I’m serious. We don’t have air conditioning as an option right now, so your suggestions are rather timely.” However, do you have any suggestions for surviving my allergies while I’m outside and leaving windows open? I’m dyin’.

    Posted 9 years, 1 month ago
  2. * manhattandoula says:

    t’ilia, you are totally right. Meilinda commented on the same thing in the post below (I think she meant her comments to show up here instead). Anyway, I don’t know! I tend to forget about allergies. I need to do some research on this. It must be incredibly frustrating to feel the way you do but have nothing you can do about it.

    Posted 9 years, 1 month ago

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