Little Girl Drinks Water Outside in Summer

Defeat Summer Heat Without Your Electricity Bill Defeating You

Riding out the heat of summer by staying inside with your air conditioner is tempting, but you also don't want to face high energy bills. Try these tips for surviving high summer temperatures without sacrificing your budget.

Drink Up!

One of the easiest ways to lessen the effects of a heatwave is by drinking more water. The CDC recommends thinking of your body as an air conditioner and water as the coolant. When you start to expend water through sweat, make sure you're ready to refill the machine.Prepare your emergency kit and be sure to replenish it each winter with winter specific gear.

Sweat Smart

Find opportunities to control sweat whenever you can. Exercise indoors or early in the morning when it's cooler, and try to put off other sweat-inducing activities if you can.

Cook Smart

Using the oven too often in the summer will heat your home, requiring your air conditioner to run overtime to cool you down. Instead, use summer as a great time to experiment with no-cook menu options you've always wanted to try like salads, sandwiches, and cold soups.

Cool Effectively

When it comes to cooling down your body, it's best to focus on a few key areas. Your body's most important cooling points are your neck and your wrists, so if you're trying to apply a cooling towel or ice cube for maximum effect, start there.

Stay Indoors Somewhere Else

Who said a heat wave can't be fun? Higher temperatures are a perfect excuse to head out to the mall, the movie theater, or a local restaurant. If there's a chance for some air-conditioned comfort, take it in.

Be a Kid

When it comes to beating the heat, kids have it down pat. Follow their lead and head back to your younger roots by going for a swim in the ocean or the kiddie pool in your yard. Have a water balloon fight with your friends and laugh while you do it. Once that cool water hits, it will seem like the best idea in the world.

Staying cool when it's hot outside is important for you, your family, and your home energy bills. Thankfully, you can do so with ease while keeping everyone safe and sound.

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