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July 01, 2017
How To Save On Utilities And Keep Cool During A Heat Wave
Summer’s in full swing, and it’s so sweltering outside that everything is literally melting. Ice packs and cold showers only go so far, so read on for our hottest life hacks and summer safety tips to help you stay cool when the heat wave hits and the temperatures soar to triple digits.
Spicy food will make you even sweatier, and heavier foods like red meat and cheese will leave you feeling sick to your stomach. Instead, reach for lighter fare like salads, fruit, Jell-O, and smoothies. Water-based fruit and vegetables like cucumbers, celery, radishes, strawberries, grapes, and watermelon are healthy snacks that will help hydrate you in the heat.
Trying to survive the summer with a weak box fan? Place a pan of ice in front of the air flow to reach maximum chill levels. If the outside air is actually cooler than the inside of your house, face your fan towards an open window. It will blow the hot air out of the room and the temperature will drop before you know it. If you have a ceiling fan, make sure the blades are rotating in a clockwise motion to produce a comfortable breeze.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink – have a few sips of water every hour. If you’re not a fan of the flavor or need to curb a soda craving, add fruit to sweeten it. Uncaffeinated tea is also a good option, especially flavors with cooling properties like hibiscus, mint, nettle, and chrysanthemum. Always pick water or uncaffeinated tea over caffeinated beverages like coffee or energy drinks, which unfortunately contribute to dehydration.
Sweet and simple: fill a popsicle mold ($9.99 on Amazon) with fruit juice or Gatorade and freeze. No popsicle mold? No problem. Pour your drink of choice into a small paper cup (or a large one – we don’t judge!), freeze it, and eat it with a spoon like ice cream. Don’t forget that liquid expands as it freezes, though. Avoid an unnecessary mess and only fill the cup or mold about halfway.
Hit up your local pool or beach or hang out in an air-conditioned mall or movie theater. If you’re in Boston, check out our favorite beaches in the area! Just remember to turn off your lights and shut your blinds while you’re gone to avoid coming home to your own personal sauna.
How do you keep cool when the heat hits? Tell us below or on Twitter!