Here in the middle of the heat wave in Eufaula, America, it is just hotter than a firecracker. (Excuse the pun!) Even the air conditioners are crying!
I read on Facebook the other day that in some places the trees are chasing down stray dogs. Now, people you know that’s hot!
Up here in the trailerhood, we are trying to beat the heat!
Our mobile home is so hot that the air conditioners have a hard time keeping it livable, much less cool. So if you are trying to stay cool, here are a few tips to help you out.
Okay, first, the obvious… drinks lots of ice water! Around our place the ice maker can’t even keep up with the amounts of tea and water we consume.
Get wet! Take a cool shower or just wet a washcloth and drape it around your neck. It will reduce the heat from your body! Sometimes I just keep one around my neck, especially if I am outside working.
Take the kids for a swim! Get in that kiddie pool with the kids, even if it’s just your feet! You will not only cool off, the kids will think it’s cool, too! Make sure it is in the shade!
Fortunately, we have the lake close by, and it is refreshing! We utilize it later in the evening, so our place cools down a little while we do, too!
This is one of my favorites! Don’t cook! Not only does cooking heat up the house, it’s just too hot for heavy food. Eat sandwiches and salads, or throw together a deli tray of whatever you have on hand. Kids love finger foods, and so do we! Preparation time is minimal, and your time is valuable.
You might even have time to comment on this blog, and share your own tips! 🙂
According to the U.S. Department of Energy as much as 45 percent of the amount of heat that enters your house can be eliminated by blocking the sun! Close curtains and blinds (better if they have sun-deflecting white on the window side). At my house I use a dark throw in front of my white mini blinds. It does help to keep the heat out!
People use the following trick in the desert. When the air outside is dry and cooler than the air inside, hanging a damp sheet in an open window allows incoming breezes to be cooled by the evaporating water. So if your air conditioner isn’t working, and your windows are open, try this.
Wash your sheets, and instead of drying them in your dryer, hang them on your windows to dry. Save money on electricity by not running the dryer! Less heat enters your house from the dryer, too.
What do you think? This sounds cool to me! I’m trying it! If someone comes in and makes fun of my decor, well, guess what? I will be cool, laughing all the way to the bank!
As always, God bless you and pray for rain!