Summer is officially here, and with that comes warmer temperatures. We're lucky to live in a state that doesn't generally get obscenely hot (sorry, Arizona), but that's not to say that we never experience heat waves in Maine. In fact, often times we experience humidity along with the heat. Have you ever heard someone say, "It's not the heat, it's the humidity?" There's some truth to that statement. 85 degrees in Arizona feels completely different than 85 degrees here in Maine. For those of us who don't own an air conditioner, there are a good 2-3 weeks in the summer that are challenging if you aren't near a body of water. Thankfully, there are ways to keep cool this summer without having to run up your electric bill by running the A/C. Here are a few quick, cost effective tips to making sure you don't melt this summer!
Use Your Grill
If it's hot outside, skip the oven and use your grill instead. The heat from your oven has to go somewhere after you're done your cooking, and unless your stove is set up outside, that 400 degree oven is going to cool off and raise the temperature of your house. Plan a barbecue on days that are exceptionally hot.
There's nothing quite like an ice cream to help your body from overheating. But after 2 weeks of eating ice cream every single day, you may want a change of pace...or something a little less expensive. Cut up fruits that freeze well (grapes, strawberries, peaches) and munch on them when the temps start rising. Not only is it a relatively guilt free snack, but it's also inexpensive and will be a refreshing twist to keeping yourself cool. Want to kick it up one more notch? Add some of your frozen fruit to seltzer water!
DIY Air Conditioner
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on an air conditioner, take a fan and place a shallow bowl/plate of ice behind it. As the ice melts, the fan will circulate the cold air. It's inexpensive and an easy way to cool down!
Fill up a spray bottle with cold water. When you start feeling hot, spritz yourself in the face a few times. It may look weird to passersby, but you'll have the last laugh because you'll be cool while they are melting from the heat.
Wear Light Clothing
Lighter colored clothing reflects sunlight and darker colored clothing absorbs it. Want to stay cool? Dress in lighter colored clothing. You'll thank us later.
How do you stay cool in the summer?
-The Taconnet Team