The coming weeks are going to be the hottest of the summer. Need some ideas for how to stay cool? We’ve got you covered. Use these tips instead of your air conditioning to save energy and lower your carbon footprint. Keep reading for our quick tips to staying cool as a cucumber.

  1. Close the curtains and blinds during the day to reduce the amount of sunlight getting into your living space. This stops a lot of the heat from making its way inside, and it’s a great first step to keeping your entire home cool.
  2. Turn off the light. Light bulbs (even the environmentally-friendly kind) give off heat. Fortunately, summer means it stays light until eight or nine at night. Take advantage of natural light as much as possible, and keep rooms cool after dark by using lights minimally or not at all.
  3. Choose cotton sheets over silk or polyester in the summer. The cotton fibers are more breathable, allowing your body to release more heat while you’re sleeping.
  4. If you don’t own one already, invest in a hot water bottle. Pop it in the freezer for a bed-friendly ice pack. (Bonus tip: it’s perfect for keeping your toes toasty in the winter months.)
  5. Adjust your ceiling fans so you’re pulling the hot air up and away from you during the summer. Also, point a box fan out a window to push the hot air out.
  6. Drink at least 8oz of cool water before bed to stay hydrated. On very hot nights all the tossing and turning (and sweating) can leave you dehydrated by the time you wake up. Try not to have too much more than 8oz though, unless you’re a fan of late night bathrooms runs.
  7. Don’t underestimate the power of a cold shower! Lover your body temp before you hit the hay. As an added bonus you’ll rinse off all the sweat and other crud you’ve picked up during the day, making going to sleep so much more refreshing.
  8. Cook less during the hot months. Turning on the stove is a big no-no if you’re trying to keep the house cool. Fill up on salads and fresh fruit, or fire up the grill if you really must cook. Pretty much all veggies look good with grill marks!
  9. Consider camping in your yard if you have access to outdoor space. You can definitely say cool by sleeping al fresco, plus you get an opportunity to brush up on your camping skills.
  10. Do you need AC to help you beat the heat? Try this DIY version that doesn’t operate with any dangerous chemicals. Fill a shallow pan with ice and position a fan behind it so it’s blowing in your direction. The fan will carry the cool air over to you.

We hope these tips help you out in the coming hot weeks. Have any more suggestions? Let us know your own tips on our Facebook page. Thanks for reading!