Think living without air conditioning is possible? Summer is here, which means it’s time to stay as cool as possible under the circumstances. That means hitting the “off” button on the A/C when ever possible. Here are some tips to beat the summer heat and save money on cooling bills in the process.
Sponge off air conditioning somewhere else
If it’s a real scorcher outside, use some common sense and seek cooler locations, if the option is available to you. If you’d rather save money by keeping your own A/C unit off, why not go to another place that offers air conditioning? If you work in an office, it’s a great heat escape during the day. If you aren’t working that day, go to the library, a movie theater, coffee shop, the mall or school. Even shaded outdoor areas like parks and forests can help, or watery cool-off spots like neighborhood pool, pond, lake or the ocean.
Make proper use of your windows
Another way to avoid having to run your air conditioner non-stop is to leave your windows and glass patio doors open at night when the air is cool. The cooler air will enter the house, and by early morning, the interior temperature will be pleasant. Make sure that the windows are closed before the temperature begins to climb during daylight hours. Curtains, blinds and reflective window film also help in this case a great deal.
Stay low and plant trees
Whenever possible, try to live in a single-story home, so that physics will be on your seat. Remember, heat rises. Another thing to consider is proper insulation in walls and around windows. Finally, if you have the option, plant trees around your home, as they’re good for air quality and can provide a massive amount of heat-sapping shade.
Blow it away
Air conditioning units require a great deal of electricity to run, which we all know is expensive. However, an electronic alternative – ceiling fans – require significantly less power. Use them to create that gentle breeze that can make the difference between cooling off and stewing in the devil’s bathwater.
Drink yourself cool
While there’s still enough water left in your country to drink, you should take advantage, particularly during a hot summer. If there’s only beer and soda available from your corporate masters at your particular point in time, however, these can do well enough. Just remember that it’ll cost you.
It’s hot out there, big guy. Why sprint around like a zephyr and muck about like recalcitrant pre-teen during a summer heat wave if you don’t have to? Move slowly, jangle about gently and rest if you begin to hallucinate that you’re riding in a Roman chariot. Accept the heat, too. Raging against nature never works.
Times when you should hit the A/C anyway
Very young children, very old people and those with serious medical conditions can experience heat stroke and even die when subjected to intense heat over an extended period of time. Keep them out of hot cars and out of direct sunlight for hours at a time. Keep them indoors for a reasonable interval, with air conditioning on.