This summer, in trying to do my little part to be more eco conscious and responsible, (and also to give Con Ed much less of my hard earned $$$), I've decided to go the entire summer without using the A/C in my apartment.
When the weather first began to turn warm, this was not much of a problem. I was sitting in here just as cool as you please. However, as the summer temperatures are now starting to hit into the mid and high 90's, I will admit, I am starting to suffer a bit. Even having the fan blowing directly on me is not enough. Wearing little to nothing around the house helps... a little. One of the benefits of living alone is that I can wear anything I want when at home.. or not! Another one of the gifts of being single! ;) I don't even have to worry!
But still, it's damn hot in here when I move to get up and walk around. So, determined not to cave in and install the AC back in its place in my living room window, I'm gonna fight this thing. I decided to search the net and see what suggestions I could find to keep myself cool during these hot summer months without wimping out and doing it the easier, more expensive way.
I found some really good suggestions on WikiHow, and these will be the ones I try first. I already do the half naked thing, but the getting into a bathtub of cool water actually sounds interesting, and I plan to do that one next. I'm curious to see just how long my body temperature will stay cool and keep my that way in this blazing heat. Wish me luck! ;)
Here, I copied the suggestions I really liked on WikiHow
Maybe you'll find some of them useful too!
1* Ball up and soak a t-shirt in the sink, wring it out, put it on and sit in a lawn chair (or other chair that lets air through to you) in front of a fan. Re-wet as it dries. Make sure not to soak it with cold water. It can be colder than you think. Instead use lukewarm water so you get cool without freezing. Using a synthetic shirt will ensure no "wet T-shirt" look.
2* Wear a short sleeved shirt and put water on the sleeves. If there is a breeze or fan blowing on you, you can actually get cold. Use a squirt bottle, the sink or hose if outside to keep your sleeves wet. If you are outside and wearing long pants and you put water on your legs, the water will cool your legs.
3* Fill your bathtub with cool water and get in. Once you are used to the temperature, let some water out and refill with cold water. Keep doing this until you are sufficiently cold. Your body will stay cool for a long time after you get out.
# Or just soak your feet in a bucket of cold water. You can do it almost anywhere and don't have to stay in the tub. The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, so cooling any of these will efficiently cool the body.
4* Dress (or undress) for the heat. There are several strategies to dress, depending on your situation:
** Nothing: If you're in a situation where you can go without clothes, this can be the most comfortable, natural way to stay cool.
** Next-to-Nothing: Put on a swimsuit, or wear your underwear at home.
** Summer Clothing: Wear natural fabrics (cotton, silk, linen) rather than polyester, rayon, or other artificial fibers (with the possible exception of performance fabrics).
** Wear Light Colors: Darker colors will absorb the sun's rays and be warmer than light or white clothing, which reflects light and heat. Wear natural summer clothing.
If you have any suggestions on how to stay cool as a cucumber in super hot weather, DO share! I'm dying over here!! ;D