The summer of 2012 was the hottest on record in the United States. Whatever the long-range predictions, I’m getting ready for above-average temperatures. My son loves to be outdoors walking, running and riding his bike regardless of the mercury.
Though summer is still some weeks away, the weather here on the East Coast has definitely gotten warmer and the air heavy and humid. I’ve been motivated to think about ways to beat the heat and preferably without heating up the earth. Here are some AC-free suggestions for staying cool.
1. Reset Your Schedule
Keep in mind that the sun is at its peak from about 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and plan your activities accordingly. Try to stay inside in the middle of the day and exercise early or as the sun is going down.
2. Lighten Up
Wear white and other light colors which reflect heat rather than absorbing them. A white or light-colored spread on your bed or light-colored coverings on your furniture will not only give the impression of coolness, but also absorb less heat.
3. Unplug, Unplug
Even if you’re not using them, television sets, lamps, computers and electronic devices all generate some heat when plugged in, so turn these off when you’re not using them. If you haven’t already switched to LEDs, now is the time as fluorescent ones also give off heat.
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