August is one of the hottest months of the year. Everyone is feeling the heat, and my a/c is working overtime to keep up. My last electric bill was staggering! What was my recent mission? To find alternate ways of cooling off during the dog days of summer.
I have a few recommendations I would like to share (some of which are silly – and some that truly work.) Maybe one or two will work for you.
1. Wear your bathing suit all day.
In my universe, all physical attributes experience zero-gravity on a daily basis, so this recommendation probably would not be appropriate for me. But if you are blessed in all the right areas, go for it!
2. Place a circular fan where the air-conditioner is pulling or “returning” the air back to the a/c unit.
This worked like a charm; my a/c actually worked less doing this simple trick. Placed it on the counter and had it face the direction the air was being pulled from.
3. Cool down – and explore – at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
It is one of the newest parks in Tampa Bay, and has excellent reviews from our residents. Worth the visit.
4. Fill up a kiddie-pool and sit it in for reflection.
When I did this, the reflection looked like a baby-elephant.
5. Replace your old-fashioned light bulbs with new energy-efficient light bulbs.
Alas, no more extra heat flowing around my air-space. There’s a lot of other stuff floating around, but that’s another subject.
6. Bought a hand-held portable fan at Goodwill.
Jury is out if this really lowers my core temperature, but hey – I look cool doing it!
7. Sleep downstairs.
Warm air rises, so if you have a bedroom downstairs – use it.
8. Let your feet hang out at night.
Body heat escapes through our extremities, so keep your feet out of the covers – and don’t wear socks to bed. I know this to be true; it worked.
Now if I could only keep my cat from licking my feet …
9. Forget about drinking caffeinated beverages before hitting the sheets.
Elevated blood pressure makes you hotter. For sleep, not such a good idea.
10. Loaded up the squirt gun with ice-cold water and surprised my husband with a “cold-one.”
He was not amused. It appeared I had made a warm and muggy situation even hotter.
11. Put on a wet t-shirt and wear it to bed. The evaporation from the shirt will help keep you cool for a few hours.
Worked wonders! Only problem – made me cooler and my husband hotter.
12. And finally, take a boat ride in Tampa Bay and let the water hit your face. A breeze in your hair and a cool soaking will take your mind off the heat.
Enjoy the beauty of Tampa Bay, and yes – even the heat. It could be worse. You could be living in the Pole of Cold.