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10 Tips For Staying Cool Without Heating Up the Earth

10 Tips For Staying Cool Without Heating Up the Earth
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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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6:29AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

2:41AM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:50PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

thanks for the ideas

5:36AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

yay! Love it! Thank you!

11:23AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Good ideas!

8:32AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Too much ground is being coverd over with moterways and buildings...and the buildings are like glass- houses.. which attract the sun, go into town , shoping , you know what I mean!!

3:34AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Awesome! Thank you!

3:06AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Interesting article and comments. I live in a climate with very hot and humid summers.

4:39PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Good reminders :)

8:21AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

thanks

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