Temps are on the rise, and it can be tempting to reach for that AC dial. Don’t do it! Try these cheap (even free!) ways to cool your home (and yourself) without the additional $150-$250 per month in electricity costs.
2. Cold pillow. An hour before bedtime, remove your pillowcase, fold it inside a Ziploc bag, and stick it in the freezer. When you’re ready for bed, take it out and put it back on your pillow. Sweet dreams!
3. Spice it up. Some of the world’s hottest places — Latin America, India, Thailand — happen to serve some of the world’s hottest foods. Why? Because spicy foods make you sweat without actually raising your body temperature. Add a little crushed red pepper or fresh jalepenos to your fav dish and soak in the cooling sensation.
4. Bottle brilliance. Turn your recyclables into portable air conditioners. Fill empty 2-liter bottles with water and freeze them overnight, then set them out around your apartment (or by your bed!). Remember to place a towel under each bottle for drips when they start to melt. They’ll cool the air down naturally, without AC.
5. Small plates. The bigger the meal, the harder your body has to work to digest it. Try splitting mealtimes across the day, opting for more and smaller meals when it’s warmest. You’ll feel cooler, and look great for bikini season!
6. Unplug it. Anything with a transformer creates heat. Shut down unused desktop computers (they have cooling fans for a reason), as well as televisions and kitchen appliances — pretty much everything with a plug. Your sweat glands and the environment will thank you.
7. Kick ‘em off. Your shoes, that is. Around 20% of your body heat flows in and out of your feet; remove your shoes indoors (you should do this anyway to avoid tracking unwanted street grime into the house) to cool down from the bottom up.