Brutal summers have already knocked at our doors and are unavoidable. The rising mercury and humidity are giving you sleepless nights with tossing and turning in bed to get sigh of relief from heat. You must be thinking about turning on AC, but what about high energy consumption and electricity bills which you have to pay later.
Turning on ACs is not only harmful for your body as discussed in previous article WHY AIR CONDITIONERS ARE YOUR WORST ENEMIES?, your financial health but also for the planet earth. Every home has Ac’s and refrigerators that release CFC’s in atmosphere and deplete ozone layer causing green house effect. Air conditioners are must these days due to rising mercury, but its usage should be limited for saving electricity and betterment of planet earth.
Here we are offering best alternatives to beat the heat this summers without turning on AC.
BLOCK THE SUN RAYS DURING DAY TIME:
Keep sun and its rays out during peak hours as it heat up all the house and increases the temperature. Close all windows and curtain them with black out shades, tinted film. This will really work as it will reduce inside temperature by 10 to 15 degrees. Remember to open windows in evening when outside temperature drops. This will let fresh air and create good atmosphere inside.
TURN OFF & UNPLUG:
Try to turn off or unplug all electronic devices when not in use. Try using natural light during the day. Everything that is plugged gives out to increase the temperature inside. So turning off and unplugging is very important. One should install LED’s that consume and radiates less heat. A 100 watt bulb increase the room temperature by 11 degree per hour. Or the another best option is to paint house walls with light color which keeps the house lit.
CHOOSE COMFY FABRIC:
Right choice of fabric for your bed and your body is needed. Cotton bed sheets and clothes are best as it helps your body to breathe and keeps your body cool. When you come back from work, try soothing your mind and body with loose clothing and a refreshing drink.
COOL YOUR PULSES:
Want to cool down faster? Try this method for quick relief from heat. Place the ice pack on your body areas like wrist, neck, knee back joint and ankles. This trick is really helpful.
CREATE YOUR OWN COOLER:
It is an old trick that can get you cool breeze of cooler. Keep a bowl or cooking pan full of ice in front of fan. The breeze flowing towards you will be chilly and satisfying.
FOCUS ON MAINTAINING YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE:
The foremost task in summer is to maintain hydration level and temperature of body. Due to heat, the moisture from our body evaporates in form of sweat. So force yourself to intake more water. If it is hard to drink water, you have many other options like some cold drinks, shakes, milk, yogurt. Water intake prevents you from heat strokes. Fruits and salads like melon, watermelon, cucumber can help you stay hydrated and cool.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREEZER:
Let your freezer do the cooling job for your room. Keep your bed sheets covered in plastic bags in fridge or freezer for 5 min. This will give you feeling of lying on snow. Try it! It’s a really cool idea.
PLANTING SUN LOVING PLANTS:
Strategically placed plants, shrubs and vines function as living air conditioners and can effectively cool a home. Plant shady trees and plants on east and west sides of the house to block out the sun’s rays. Planting banana tree or palm tree can help. Planting plants not only give shade but adds to the beauty of your house.