Frugal Ways to Beat the Heat


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It can take a lot of money to stay cool. I'm fairly young - not quite middle aged, and I didn't grow up with air conditioning. Yet, I don't think I could ever live without it now. It just seems to be much hotter now.

So far, this summer there have been twenty heat related deaths in Oklahoma. Staying cool is a necessity for the old, young and really everyone. And there are ways to stay cool without busting your budget.

It is often as simple as fooling yourself a bit. You know that when you stick your hands in cold water, you are no longer quite so hot. The temperature hasn't gone down, your perception has changed. Don't just stick your hands in that water. Drink it. You will feel cooler.

Wear loose, flowing clothing that allows air to flow around your body. Keep air circulating in your home through the use of fans. You should also try to keep the level of humidity down in your home. The higher the humidity, the wamer you will feel. This is due to the slowdown of evaporation. You should avoid boiling foods, use cold water when hot isn't necessary and keep your showers and baths short. You can use a small fan to blow the humidity out of your bathroom if you don't have a exhaust fan.

You can spend less time at home and more time out and about. Many people go to the mall. They walk. They people watch. They get a drink and sit and read a book. It really is pleasant. Others go to the library. Try this during the hottest part of the day. You can run your air conditioning less by being home less.

If your home isn't shaded, you might want to consider lightening your home. Light colors reflect heat and dark colors absorb heat. Studies show that lighter colored roofs translate into cooler interiors. You don't have to reshingle your home, simply buy a roof paint. This will make a dramatic difference in the amount of heat your house absorbs.

You can help cool your home by shading the windows with awnings. Plant trees for shade. You can even plant quick growing vines and flowers, such as morning glories and hollyhocks, around your house. The evaporative effect of living plants will have a slight affect on the coolness of your home. They also keep your home from the direct heat of the sun.

The temperature in the shade is often up to 10 degrees cooler, so shade can make a lot of difference. When looking to purchase a home, keep this in mind. Look to see that any large windows will not receive direct summer sun. You might even want to try to view the home during the hottest part of the day. You can see how often the air kicks on and how hot it is near windows.

You should turn off all lights that aren't necessary. They produce a lot of heat. If you question this, try taking the temperature of the air near a light bulb. Now take it away from the light bulb. You will see a difference for sure. If you have a home that has little natural light, look for energy efficient, low wattage light bulbs. They will produce less heat.

Keep your appliance usage to a minimum during the day. Your television, your dryer, your stove, your computer - all of these items produce a lot of heat.

There are many ways to beat the heat during the sumemr without spending too much money. Stay cool and frugal at the same time. All you have to do is look for ways to cool off your home without turning the air up higher.

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