You ever get so hot in the summertime that you just want to walk down to the corner store, open up the ice cream freezer, and sit in it for about an hour? Yeah, me neither. That would be weird, right? Those of us who would rather not get kicked out of such establishments have to find other ways to cool down without spending too much money. It can get pretty uncomfortable when the temperature rises. Here are some tips to keep cool and keep costs down.
How to Stay Cool on a Budget
- Used Air Conditioners. Save yourself some money by buying used. These things can last a while if you take care of them. Make sure it’s clean and functional. When you do use an A/C, make sure you only use it when you’re in the room to keep your electric bill under control.
- Open Windows. Let the breeze cool you down. If there’s no breeze, turn on some fans. The trick is to put the fans by your doors and doors and face them out. This pushes the warm air out and cools the inside.
- Drink Water. If you’re sweating, then your body is losing moisture. Stay hydrated to keep your body cool and safe in the heat.
- Cold cloth. Dampen a wash cloth with cold water and rest it on your forehead for some temporary relief. You could even put it in the freezer for a few minutes first.
- Cold Showers. Save money on the hot water bill, and take the opportunity to cool down.
- Close Curtains. The sunlight can heat up a room. Close the curtains to block the heat.
- Avoid the Oven. If your home is hot, then opening the doors of a hot oven will definitely not help. Avoid baking to keep you home temperature down.
- Hang in the Basement. If you have one, it’s most likely much cooler than your normal living areas. Take a break down there, and even consider sleeping in the basement if the rest of your home is too hot.
- Get out of the House. If your home is too hot, find a place to spend some time that has air conditioning. Go see a matinee, go to the library and read, or grab an inexpensive lunch.
Have any tips and tricks of your own? Please share in the comments. Stay cool, people. Stay cool.
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