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With summer comes the heat and humidity.
When it gets really hot an oppressive, you will try to do anything to beat the heat and stay cool.
Blast your air conditioner. Turn on the fans. Heck you might even sleep naked!
These are all ways to stay cool in summer, but there is one problem.
Most of the ways for you to keep cool on a hot summer day have an impact on your electric bill.
Nothing is worse than opening that bill and having your jaw hit the floor due to the high cost of staying cool.
There have to be some ways to easily keep cool in summer that won’t have a negative impact on your wallet by increasing your electric bill.
So I started to research and found plenty of ways to keep cool with hot temperatures.
Below you’ll find over 27 easy ways to cool down on hot days.
Read through and pick out your favorites so you can enjoy a sweat free summer!
27 Ways Genius To Stay Cool In Summer
#1. Carry A Small Spray Bottle Of Water
Use it to spritz yourself occasionally.
This is surprisingly refreshing, especially if you add a bit of lavender or lemon scent.
Another way to get the most use out of this tip is to spritz yourself and then stand in front of a fan.
The moving air combined with the water will cool you down fast.
The best part is you can use this tip to keep your body cool in the sun and in the shade.
#2. Slice A Cucumber And Put In A Pitcher Of Water
Add a teaspoon of grated ginger root and a few sprigs of mint.
Keep refrigerated, and sip a glass every now and then.
This refreshing drink will help you forget about the summer heat.
#3. Keep A Small Portable Fan
The key for how to keep your house cooler is to make sure the air is always moving.
Hot air that just sits is uncomfortable for anyone.
By using a few portable fans to keep the air moving in your house will help to keep the temperature lower.
An added bonus is fans don’t use much electricity to run.
#4. Close Up All The Windows During The Day
The afternoon is the typically the hottest part of the day and by having your windows open, you are letting in the heat.
Instead, keep them closed during the day.
Then at night, when the temperature drops, you can open windows again.
This is most effective overnight and during the early morning hours when it tends to be the coolest.
Try not to open them during the late evening as it is usually still too hot outside.
Just be mindful of how hot it is in your house during the day.
If it is really hot, you might have to open the windows so you don’t bake in your own house.
And if you have an attic fan, make sure you run this during the day to help push the warm out of your house.
Since heat rises, running an attic fan will help keep your home cooler.
#5. Use Curtains To Keep The Sun Out
Besides, they look so refreshing blowing in the breeze.
Take the heavy curtains down, and keep your windows shining clean for a mental boost, as well as a physical one.
I was amazed at how well this worked to keep a room cool in the summer heat naturally.
My daughter’s bedroom was always hot when it was time for her afternoon nap.
We started to keep the blinds closed to block out the hot summer sun and the temperature difference was noticeable.
#6. Know Your House
Related to the point above, understand how your house is situated and where the sun shines.
You want to keep windows that face south and west blocked during the summer.
This is because the direct sunlight will be shining in these windows all day long.
By using curtains to block the sun, you keep the room cool in summer naturally.
And if you do this on a regular basis, not only will you keep the room cooler, but you will keep your entire home cool too.
#7. Install Ceiling Fans
A great idea is to spend some money installing ceiling fans.
They don’t cost a lot, but you will have to pay to get them installed.
And they work like magic to cool down a room fast.
We keep ours on all summer long and since we began using them, we keep the air conditioner on a warmer setting.
The reason this works is simple.
The air moving across your body naturally keeps you cool.
I love the cool breeze blowing in me at night when I am sleeping.
#8. Drink Iced Coffee, Tea Or A Big Glass Of Water With Ice
Any cold drink will help keep your body cool in summer.
Just be mindful of what you are drinking.
Too much soda and you can quickly dehydrate yourself.
You’re better off drinking plenty of water.
#9. Give A Few Chunks Of Ice To Your Pet
They will lick the ice and it helps to keep them cool.
Dogs especially enjoy the crunchy effects.
#10. Try A Small Ice Cube Down Your Shirt
Want to know a quick way for how to cool down on a hot day?
Ever have someone put an ice cube down your shirt?
If so, you know how quickly it will help you to stay cool.
Of course, it melts, so be sure to wrap it in a wash cloth or small thin towel to keep your clothes dry.
Alternatively, you can get a bowl of ice and just stick your hand in it.
Don’t leave it in too long, but just the fact your hand is cold will cool your body temperature.
Another option is to use ice packs instead.
You skip the melting part of water getting everywhere.
#11. Try A Cooling Towel Or Bandanna
The best one is from MiraCool.
Buy at least two.
Then use one to keep cool and the one for the freezer. Then swap them when needed.
#12. Wet A Plain Handkerchief Or Bandanna
If you don’t want to spend the money on a cooling towel, then use a handkerchief or bandana.
Simply run it under cold water and wrap it around your head.
You can use a ball cap to hold it in place.
Doing this will keep your head in the shade and keep you cool.
You could also use a damp towel too.
Put it on the back of your neck and enjoy the cooling effect it has.
#13. Pour A Pint Of Water Into A Hat
Here is another good idea to keep cool in the sun.
Once the hat is soaked, you can wear it and enjoy the cooling effect.
#14. Keep Your Oven Use To A Minimum
It’s no surprise that an over puts off a lot of heat.
Even if you keep it closed after cooking, heat will disperse into your home.
Instead, try to use the microwave or a slow cooker as much as possible.
The heat won’t emit into your house and you will use a lot less electricity too.
#15. Grill As Much As Possible
Another option to consider instead of the oven is your grill.
Since the grill is outside, none of the heat will get into the house.
And here is a bonus tip if the summer heat is really unbearable.
Grill a few meals at once, early in the morning before it gets too hot.
Then freeze or refrigerate until needed and reheat them in the microwave.
#16. Stop Cooking
Another option to keep the house cool is to not cook at all.
Make several cold dishes that can be served throughout the week.
Salads, cold pastas, potato salads, coleslaws, cold chicken salads that can be served on tortilla shells and other cold dishes go a long way in getting rid of the need to use the oven.
#17. Treat Yourself To Ice Cream
Not only will eating it help to you to stay cool this summer, but since it is an enjoyable treat, you will forget about the heat, at least temporarily.
Just make sure you don’t eat too much of it and it can dehydrate you.
#18. Freeze Sliced Bananas, Berries, Peaches And Other Fruit
Dip them in chocolate sauce or whipped cream before enjoying.
Or dump them fresh on ice cream.
Just like with the tip above, this is an excellent way to keep cool.
Just make sure you don’t indulge too much!
#19. Take A Bath Or Shower
A simple way to beat the heat is to take a bath or shower.
You don’t need to take a cold shower either, but you can if you want.
Simply using lukewarm or cool water will get the job done.
And here is a bonus tip.
Don’t completely dry your hair.
Get it to the point where it is still damp and then be done.
If you are using fans in your house, your damp hair will make you feel cooler.
#20. Keep Body Lotion In The Refrigerator
If you regularly use body lotion, keep it in the refrigerator.
Then when you go to apply it, it will be nice and cold, offering you relief from the heart.
#21. Store Cologne And Perfume In The Refrigerator Too
Try spraying them lightly on your pillow, just before bed.
The familiar scent will calm you down and help you to take your mind off the heat.
As an added bonus, if you have lavender use this on your pillow.
It is said to promote restful sleep.
#22. Wash Your Feet, Hands And Face
While taking a bath or a cool shower will help to keep you cool, it’s not a requirement.
By simply washing your hands, feet and face, you will get relief from the heat.
#23. Use A Solar Dryer
Instead of running your dryer during the summer, hang your clothes outside on a line and let the sun dry them.
If you don’t have room for a clothes line, buy a drying rack instead.
You’ll save on energy costs and the dryer won’t be adding heat to your home.
The only catch here is to pay attention to the humidity level.
If it is oppressively humid, it will take your clothes a lot longer to dry outside.
#24. Watch ‘Icy’ Movies Or TV Shows
This will sound crazy but immersing yourself in these stories with cold climates will make you forget about the heat.
Don’t believe me?
Take a minute to think of standing in a freezer right now.
Really concentrate on seeing yourself in a cold freezer.
If you did this right, you probably got chills.
#25. Replace Or Clean Your Air Filter
If you have air conditioning to keep cool, you should be replacing your air filter every 3 to 6 months.
If you have a reusable one, then you should clean it on the same schedule.
And if you have pets, you may want to replace or clean your filter more frequently.
How will this help you to stay cool in summer?
Having a clean air filter ensures your air conditioner runs at peak performance, providing cold air and using as little electricity as possible.
#26. Get Your Air Conditioner Serviced
Here is another effective way to keep cool during the summer months.
By having your unit serviced, you lower the likelihood of it breaking at the worst possible time.
Additionally, you can find small problems and get them fixed before they turn into major financial burdens.
#27. Get A Swamp Cooler
Also known as a desert cooler or an evaporative cooler, this unit uses water to cool the air.
Many times, it can be much more cost efficient than an air conditioner.
There are 27 cool tips for hot weather.
I like to combine many of these tips and tricks for staying cool to help me survive a summer heat wave and keep my electric bill in check.
With a little thought and ingenuity, you can beat the heat and not suffer through the summer heat.
At the same time, you can keep your electric bill at a level that allows you to pay it in full.