Don't Sweat The Heat

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The "Dog Days of Summer"

With the "dog days of summer" on it's way, now is a good time to start thinking about how to stay cool. Nobody likes to sit in a hot, sweaty, humid, airless house. Not only is it uncomfortable. it's also not good for you.

So, what do you do when you can't afford the high cost of air conditioning? You find other ways of keeping cooler.

First of all, you need to stay out of the sun when it is at it's hottest. You also need to avoid exercising, walking, or traveling during the hottest part of the day. It's also a good time to visit the library or the local mall.

There are things you can do to keep yourself a little cooler.

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Tips to Keeping Cooler



  • Block the sun

By closing your blinds and curtains you can reduce the amount of heat coming into your home by up to 45%, especially if you are using the heat and light blocking drapes.

  • Turn off the lights

Any light gives off heat. Turning off your lights will lower the temp a little. If you use long lasting florescent bulbs, even better, they put out 70% less heat than regular incandescent bulbs.

  • Get a spray bottle

Fill your spray bottle with cool water and spritz yourself.

  • Eat light

Now is the time to bring out those salad recipes that you have wanted to try. Salad are lighted, won't weight you down, and you don't have to turn on the stove or oven and heat up the kitchen.

  • Use fans throughout the house

If you use your fans to help cross ventilation you will be a cool, happy person. Use any kind of fan; ceiling fan, box fan, revolving fan, pedestal fan and window fan, they're all good.

  • Dress for the weather

Wear light airy clothing. Better still, what's wrong with wearing your bathing suit around the house?

  • Drink lots and lots of water


  • Make your own imitation air conditioner

Place a bowl of ice cubes directly behind a box fan and turn on the fan. The ice will chill the air.

  • Soak your feet

Soaking your feet in a container of cold water will make your body temperature cool down.

  • Avoid use of electric appliances

Electronic appliances such as microwaves, hair dryers, toasters, and, yes, laptops put out heat.

  • Make cold treats.

Snacks such as frozen juice pops, jello, pudding and ice cream all have the ability to help you through an especially hot day.

  • Sit in some water

If your lucky enough to have a pool, then you are set for summer. If you don't there is nothing wrong with buying yourself a small child's pool and sitting in it. Or sit under a sprinkler, or take a cold shower.

  • Don't forget to drink refreshing cold drinks

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Cooling your home for the long haul

  • Insulate your attic

Any of the cooler air in your home will escape through the attic. Insulate and you will keep the cooler air in and the hot air out.

  • Put weather stripping around windows and doors

This is another area where you will lose cool air and let heat in.

  • Get a dehumidifier

The higher the humidity the hotter you will be. Lower the humidity and you will be able to better tolerate the heat.

  • Plant a tree



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Green Tea Cooler

Instructions:

1 cup boiling water

2 green tea bags

2 cups white grape juice

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 cup chilled ginger ale

Directions:

Steep green tea bags for 5 minutes until strong and dark, remove the tea bags & cool the tea to room temperature.

In a small pitcher, combine tea, grape juice and lemon juice and refrigerate until well chilled.

When ready to serve, divide among 4 glasses and top off each with 1/4 cup of ginger ale.

Make 4 glasses of Green Tea Cooler

Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ( about 6 large)

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 lime)

1 cup sugar

6 cups water

1 cup fresh raspberries, chopped

Directions:

In pitcher, combine the lemon juice, lime juice, sugar, and water.

Stir until sugar is totally dissolved and add the raspberries.

Chill overnight.

Serve over ice.

Make a 2-quart pitcher.

Fruit Cooler

Ingredients:

2 Oranges

2 lime

2 lemon

1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

1 nectarine, sliced into wedges

1/4 cup fresh blueberries

3/4 cup regular simple syrup (recipe at bottom)

3 cups ice

3 cups club soda

Directions:

Cut of one of the oranges, one of the lemons and one of the limes in half and cut that half into thin slices and put in a large pitcher.

Juice the remaining 1 1/2 orange, 1 1/2 lime and 1 1/2 lemon and pour into pitcher.

Add simple syrup, kiwi, nectarine, and blueberries and stir to combine.

Add club soda.

Pour into individual glasses over ice, allowing bits of fruit into the glass.

Makes a 2-quart pitcher.

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Comments 38 comments

always exploring 3 years ago

Great advice on how to stay cool in the summer. I am one who rarely feels the heat, but my son requires air conditioning and he is coming to visit this next week, so i'll be wearing sweats, Ha. I do drink green tea and it is wonderful. Thank you...


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Great tips. The recipes look so good. It's 80 here today and can you believe my husband wants chili for dinner. I only like to eat chili in the winter I don't why I'm just that way. Voted up and shared.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting tips with some interesting recipes at the end. This is ideal for a hot summer season. We are still waiting for the Sun to warm our part of the world. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

These are all very excellent suggestions, and I like the added touch of the three refreshing recipes at the end. Thanks for sharing, my friend! Aloha!

Joe


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

I also feel "hot" today. There's no rain. Thanks for the tips and the recipe as well. Voted up and have a good day :-)

Prasetio


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

thanks for your "COOL" tips. Yeah, the weather is hot, very very hot and sweaty too. Everyone is heading to the hypermarket for Free air cond. At home, we use fans, not air cond unless at night when the kids are trying to sleep, we would on the air cond for 20 min and shut it off. Cold drinks and shower could beat off the heat too. Voted useful


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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Great suggestions KoffeeKlatchGals! I apply most of them but I discovered something new in your list :-)

I love your idea of placing a bowl of ice cubes directly behind a fan. I have one room that the central air conditionning system can't really cool down so I use the fan to remove hot air from the room to the rest of the house.... but your solution might really help me :-)

Thank you very much!

Definitly voted up and useful!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend all great hot weather information within this well written article, love all the drink recipes to. Well done !

Vote up and more !!!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

The recipes look terrific. Will have to try the Green tea cooler. Adding pictures of the drinks would make it sparkle.


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shawna.wilson 3 years ago from Arizona

It's already getting into the 100's here :( Thanks for the tips!


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

All very good ideas. At the prices of electricity in a hot climate, we need to save all we can.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

always exploring, I need to try everything I can to keep cool. I'm one of those people that is always hot.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

moonlake, I'm with you - I like my chili and hot soup when it's chilly out. Give me a salad and some fruit when it's hot outside.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

livingsta, Your warm weather will be there before you know it. Ours has been around for a while. Living in Florida, it doesn't seem to leave us for long.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Joe,

Thanks for reading. I'm one of those people that tolerate the heat.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What an interesting hub KKG and voted up without a doubt.

Here's to so many more and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Prasetio. I love the cool breeze that sometimes comes with the rain. It makes the earth smell fresh and clean. Thanks for visiting


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

peachpurple, love the play on words. Cold drinks and cold showers are indeed a great help in beating the heat.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

kidscrafts, I'm glad I was able to give you a new way to keep cool. It really does help cool off a room.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

kashmir56, thanks. I hope it helps.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

tirelesstraveler, I wish I could add pictures. There's something wrong with my camera and I am saving my pennies for a new one. Thanks for your comment.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

shawna.wilson, it's getting pretty hot here too. Sometimes you have to get a little creative to cool down.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

aviannovice, how true. These days unless you are independently wealthy you need to watch your use of air conditioning.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Eddy, thanks. I wrote it because saying cool has become something I needed to think about - I live in Florida.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi I wish I had read this yesterday...it was verrrrry warm (H O T) here and just reading these cool ideas helps to make me feel coooooler.

The fruit drink looks yummy...I am bookmarking it to add to my files. When I go out later I will be picking up what I need to make it. There is nothing quite as refreshing as a tangy drink..

Thanks for sharing....Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps


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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

I also find keeping my head wet helps, well more specifically my hair. The other thing I like to do is put my fan on a stool or chair with a metal tray of ice in front of it. For a while that is as cool as an air conditioner.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

pstraubie, thanks for the angels, I need them. The drinks are very refreshing you will love them. It is so hot here I feel like I'm melting. :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

mylindaelliott, It's true keeping your heat wet does help. The ice is also a great help.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I used most all of your cooling off tips, today, KK Gals, because the AC was turned off all day in the building where I live for minor AC repairs. The cold treats suggestion, I must admit, worked the best. :)


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great suggestions to stay cool during summer. Thanks for sharing the tips and the refreshing delicious cool recipes. Voted up.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

drbj, unfortunately when it's hot there's only so much you can do. However, you can make it a little more bearable with some of these tips.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Vellur, try the drinks, they're great.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Ah this will be me this weekend I think!!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great tips. My favorite thing to cool off in is my dogs kiddie pool before they get into it though :)


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great hub and great suggestions. I think we forget sometimes that not everyone is compfortably middle class and can afford air conditioning. Thank you,


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

AudreyHowitt, I think it will be all of us soon. :)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Just Ask Susan, have you been hiding behind a tree in my back yard? I do the same thing, cool off in my dogs pool before they get in.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

phdast7, these days with unemployment so high, it pays to be thrifty. Thanks for reading.

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