Tips to Stay Cool on a Budget this Summer

July 23, 2010 | Posted By: Vernon Marker
Boy itís hot out, isnít it? Itís tempting to spend all day inside an air-conditioned house until summer is over. However, thatís not the smartest way to deal with the heat. For one thing, being that lazy isnít going to be good for your body. And for another thing, running the AC all day isnít going to be good for your wallet. But donít worry. You donít need to sweat through the summer to stay healthy and cool. You just need to follow a few tips for staying cool economically.

Cool Yourself from the Inside Out
The most important lesson that you can learn this summer is the value of staying hydrated. You will feel cooler if you drink enough water throughout the day. You may not realize this but your body naturally cools itself off by sweating. However, it canít sweat properly if itís dehydrated. Drinking enough water allows you to sweat and therefore to cool off. You will also benefit your body in a number of other ways not the least of which is that youíll sweat toxins out of your body. Water doesnít cost anything so youíll automatically be cooler without spending a dime.

Wear the Right Clothing
If you wear dark cotton clothing during the summer then you are doing yourself a real disservice. The dark color absorbs the heat. Plus the cotton keeps the heat in. Invest in light-colored fabric like microfiber, which resists the sunís rays, wicks away moisture and ventilates the body. It may cost you a little bit of money upfront but youíll save money on your cooling bills for the rest of the summer because you wonít feel nearly as warm.

Spend Time in Cool Spaces
The best way to save money at home this summer is to turn off the expensive air conditioning unit thatís running there. The most comfortable way to do that is to avoid being at home during the hottest hours of the day. Instead, spend those hours enjoy low-cost activities in cool environments. Go swimming at the public pool, check out a free day at a local museum, go to a matinee movie, wander around a local mall or read at the public library.

Upgrade your Home
It may be worth it to spend this summer investing in home upgrades that will keep the place cooler while leaving your AC bills low. Top upgrades to lower the inside temperatures of a home include:

ē Painting the roof white.
ē Painting the outside of the home white or a light color.
ē Adding shade trees around the house.
ē Using solar-reflecting drapes on your windows.
ē Using energy-efficient fans instead of AC units.
ē Running appliances as little as possible. For example, dry clothes on a line instead of running the dryer.

Take the time to think about creative ways to stay cool without automatically reaching to turn on the air conditioner. Your body and your wallet will both thank you.

Vern is an expert on a variety of topics including healthy living and living on a budget.
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