Hot summer days are great fun but not many of us like the hot sticky nights that often follow and the house can feel uncomfortable if your body temperature gets too high.
A lot of people like to rely on air conditioning to keep them cool but it is expensive to run and not exactly good for the environment, so here are some tips on how to stay cool this summer without touching that dial or breaking the bank.
One of the most cost effective ways of keeping cool is to follow some very simple steps to reduce your body temperature. Here are some ideas to use that are cheap but effective.
Drink plenty of water
If you drink water frequently you will keep your body cooler and also feel more hydrated. Try drinking about a glass of cold water each hour and consider adding a sprig of mint or a slice of cucumber to make it even more refreshing.
Use a spray bottle
Get hold of a cheap spray bottle and fill it up with cold water. Adjust the spray nozzle so that you can cover your face with a fine cooling mist which will feel instantly refreshing and keep your temperature down.
Cool your wrists
A quick and effective way of reducing your body temperature is to run cold water over your wrists for about 1-20 seconds on each hand. This will have an effect of cooling your body for up to an hour every time you do it.
Soak your feet
Something that feels nice and relaxing anyway but also helps to keep you cool is to soak your feet in a bucket of cold water. One of the areas that your body radiates heat from is your feet so cooling them down will work on the rest of your body at the same time.
Take a cold shower
Taking a cold shower is very invigorating and effective in cooling you down at the same time. It also saves you money on your energy bill as you turn the dial round from hot to cold.
Cooling your bedroom
It can be a hot and restless night of sleep if your room is too hot and your body temperature is too high. There are several ways that you keep cool at night without resorting to the air conditioning.
Get a fan
Consider getting an electric fan for your bedroom. Although it will use some energy cost to run you can set it to run on a low setting so you get a gentle cooling breeze circulating around the room and it will be cheaper than an air conditioning unit.
Freeze your pillows
Another good tip is to wrap a couple of small pillows in some plastic bags and put them in the freezer a couple of hours before you go to bed. When you take them out you will have a chillingly cool pillow to rest your head on and should enjoy a more restful sleep as a result.
Use silk or satin
Consider changing your sheets and pillow cases to silk or satin as these fabrics will keep you cooler and help you to sleep better.
There are any number of ways that you can stay cool this summer without having to break the bank, so give some of them a try and enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep whilst thinking about the money you have saved on your energy bill.