Go Green, Save Money, Save the Earth: Staying cool

Kim Hornung-Marcy

July 25, 2022

Much of our country, Europe and many other parts of the world are experiencing record heat due to climate change. 
Heat emergencies kill more people than any other climate disaster. This may be because we are not experienced in handling high heat.
To cope with high heat: 

  1. Lower shades or hang blankets or dark sheets on windows where sun is entering your home. 
  2. Open windows at night and use fans to cool down the house. Ceiling fans run counterclockwise push air down and are cheaper than air conditioning or heat pumps. Box fans also work well.
(Often you can avoid turning on air conditioners or heat pumps with these simple measures and save energy and save money).
  1. Taking cool or cold showers and/or spritzing your skin with cool or room-temperature water can help your body cope with high heat.  
  2. Wear light loose fitting clothing. Outside, wear a wide brimmed hat. 
  3. Stay hydrated. Add ice cubes to your water bottle if going outside. 
  4. Stay indoors or in shade during the hottest parts of the day. 
  5. Dip a scarf or hat in cool water and wear to keep yourself cooler outside. Avoid staying outside for long. 
  6. Walk pets in the morning and evening.
  7. At night, use a hot water bottle but fill it with ice water. Wrap the bottle in fabric or a towel so condensation is not an issue and place near your hips. This can help cool you down, so you sleep better.  
  8. Use light cotton sheets.
Heat Exhaustion: Children and the elderly are most vulnerable to heat exhaustion, but anyone can experience it. 
Signs are: 
clammy skin 
excessive sweating or no sweating
A person experiencing these should move to shade or inside, sip water, lie down. If symptoms do not improve call a physician.