Summer heatSummer is a somewhat polarizing season for a lot of people. On one hand, folks enjoy the sheer number of outdoor activities that sunny, cloudless days afford them. On the other hand, there are those who would prefer to stay indoors and enjoy the comforts of home, nestled in the bliss of an air conditioned room. The latter option sounds like a real treat compared to risking heat stroke outdoors — that is, until the steep energy bill arrives.

It’s not advisable to just stop using the AC entirely, but there are ways to keep cool without resorting to methods that will make your energy bills skyrocket.

Stay Hydrated

One of the simplest ways to keep body temperature down is to drink plenty of fluids. A glass of cold water should do the trick, as well as other drinks straight out of the refrigerator. It’s important to keep the body hydrated, and the Center for Disease Control even likens it to an air conditioner — a generous supply of water helps control body temperature and functionality.

Use Organic Fiber for Bedding

Getting a good night’s sleep in the high degrees can be difficult. Copper Loom recommends using organic fibers like cotton and bamboo for bed sheets to ensure sleeping comfort even with the AC turned off. Bamboo sheets, in particular, have moisture-wicking properties that absorb sweat without sticking to the body.

Use a Reversible Ceiling Fan

Fans are still appliances that consume energy, but they do so at significantly lower rates than an AC. Reversible ceiling fans can spin in either direction depending on the temperature: Set it to a counter clockwise spin to create cool airflow during summer, and use a clockwise spin to circulate warm air during winter.

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Egyptian-style Bedtime

The so-called “Egyptian Method” involves soaking a sheet or blanket in cold water, then drying it, so it’s cool and damp without being wet. Use the newly-cooled blanket to keep your body cool without getting soaked in the process. While it won’t be ice-cold throughout the night, it’ll keep body temperature cool enough to let you drift away comfortably to sleep.

It’s entirely possible to get through the summer heat without racking up high utility bills. It only takes some resourcefulness and ingenuity to stay cool and eco-friendly when spending summer days indoors.