Keeping cool for less

Refreshing Iced TeaSummer is upon us down here in North Carolina – 90 degrees in the shade of the oak tree and the air as sticky as a pecan pie! If you’re like us, it’s awfully tempting to crank that thermostat down and feel the icy air of modern technology. Problem is, this can get expensive. I’ve put together a few of our secrets for staying cool without spending a lot of cash:

  • Go barefoot. We vent a great deal of heat through our feet.
  • Turn off the lights. Overhead lights actually do generate a bit of heat, while darkness gives you the perception of coolness.
  • Use a handfan. Buy it cheap or make one yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of moving air across your sweaty self. As you know, sweat cools us down when it evaporates!
  • Spend time at the public library. They have air conditioning you already pay taxes for, and you can share the cool air with your community while reading a book!
  • Sit on the porch sippin’ iced tea. Be sure you’re sitting on the side of the house that doesn’t get the sun at that time of day. Add some crushed mint leaves to your brew for extra coolness.
  • Take a quick cold shower right before you go to bed. This can temporarily lower your body temperature a degree or two.
  • Use Gold Bond Medicated Powder. I learned this from a buddy of mine in the Peace Corps when we were all living on the equator in Africa. When all else fails, strip down to your underwear, sprinkle on some Gold Bond in all your hot places, and lie down in front of an electric fan. The icy tingle of the powder combined with the breeze will make you think you’re getting air conditioned!

Thoughts on this? Other ideas? Post a comment, or write to Crystal and let her know!