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14 Ways to Keep Cool in Your Home Without Air Conditioning

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6. Make sure your ceiling fans are running counter clockwise. Most modern fans will have a little switch on the side to reverse their direction. You want the fan to go clockwise in winter to push warm air down and reverse it in the summer to circulate cool air.

7. Drink icy beverages. This one seems like a no-brainer, but it still bears mentioning. What better way to beat the heat than to cool your body from the inside out?

8. Dress appropriately. Loose-fitting, light clothing goes a long way toward keeping you cool. It’s time to bust out those organic cotton shorts and tank tops!

9. Grab a towel. A towel soaked in cold water is a great way to cool down. Apply it to your neck, wrists, and forehead for some relief during the hottest part of the day.

10. Avoid the stove and oven. Both of these will add unnecessary heat to the house. Instead, fire up that outdoor grill or whip up a salad or sandwich. Your rice cooker, slow cooker, and pressure cooker are other alternatives to heating up the house with the stove or oven.

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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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10:02AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

It is important to not become dependent on air conditioner usage. Using these tips should help to lower AC cost in the long run and your bills as well.

2:09AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

We have never had air-con so I do most of these already. I would like to try the buckwheat pillow, sounds good. Thanks.

2:08AM PDT on Oct 10, 2014

We have never had air-con so I do most of these already. I would like to try the buckwheat pillow, sounds good. Thanks.

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5:41PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you for the article... got some ideas.

3:01AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Good info, thanks for sharing.

2:32AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

thanks for good tips

8:33PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Happy Summer :) Stay Cool.

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