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Recently, I learned about the Energizer's green living campaign and the new Energize EcoAdvanced Recycled Batteries! After reading about the innovation that Energizer has brought with their new battery, I was inspired to write my own resource on how to keep cool in the coming warmer months without having to rely on an air conditioner (which no doubt is a huge energy consumption here in Arizona)!
Water is essential for our health, and even more so when the temperatures rise enough that you want to turn on an air conditioner. According to healthcare sources, we should be drinking at least one glass of water at each meal as well as before each meal per day. One thing I would suggest as well is to try drinking both a cold glass of water and then follow up with a room-temperature glass of water. See which one makes your body temperature feel cooler---for me, if I am covered in sweat and my body temperature is through the roof, my body craves room-temperature water. This is something I recommend you all try, but whether it be cool or warm water, be sure that you are at least drinking it either way!
Turn the Lights Off and Close the Shades
I am sure we can all agree that this works 100% of the time, right? Apart from keeping the room cooler, turning off the lights also saves energy too! Also, closing your shades will prevent any additional light and heat from coming into your home. This is especially a good idea if you are leaving the house for the day--before you step out the door, turn off all the lights and close all of your shades. When you return from your day out of the house, you will find that the temperature will be significantly lower.
Ditch the Oven
When I was a girl growing up in Massachusetts, my father would turn on the oven and then leave the oven door open to keep us warm in the evenings. It certainly did the trick for us, and in the summer it had the same result but the completely opposite effect; having the oven on and running when the temperature outside is high is going to make your house feel hotter inside. So when you are tempted to turn on the air conditioner, try and plan your meals around something you can cook on the stovetop instead.
Socks and shoes (or sneakers) will definitely leave you feeling warmer than you would in bare feet or sandals. When you are coming inside from the heat, take off your shoes when you get inside right away! This will help with lowering your body temperature and give you some more comfort.
Step away from the Computer
Have you ever had a laptop on your lap long enough that it got warm? If you haven't, here is what you need to know: the longer you let your computer run without shutting it off, the harder the hardware of the laptop has to work to cool itself. A computer has fan(s) inside of it to keep it cool, but sometimes, these fans fall short of completely cooling the unit. If you are having a particularly hot day outside it is best to ditch the computer for a while (or if you absolutely have to use your laptop, go ahead and put it on a table instead).
Sleep in Natural Fiber, Lightly-Colored Sheets
One great way to stay cooler at night without running the air conditioner is to sleep on lightly colored, natural-linen sheets. Most people cannot afford real silk sheets, so the best way to get a cool set of sheets will be by purchasing cotton (or cotton blends) sheets. Egyptian cotton is likely also going to be expensive, but if you are looking for a certain type of cotton that is the way to go. One quick way to see if one pair of sheets is better than another for the summer is simple: see which one ways less. Sheets that weigh more will also be hotter to the touch, so if you are trying to narrow it down to one pair of sheets versus the other this is a good way to judge that. Finally, save the darker sheets for the fall and winter months. Having lightly colored sheets on your bed will also keep you cooler; the reason for this is because lighter colors reflect light (rather than darker ones which absorb).
Wear Appropriate Clothing
This one seems obvious but it's certainly worth mentioning! Wearing the wrong kind of clothing can definitely add to the discomfort of an especially hot day. For example, if it's hot outside, don't wear flannel or a sweatshirt. Try cotton clothing--or something that breathes.
Skip the Boiling Hot Showers
I know what you're thinking, "But I need a hot shower to wake up!" I know, it's hard to make these adjustments to water temperature. But I can promise you that if you do it in smaller increments it will help alleviate how warm outside it is and make you more comfortable in the long run. At the very least, if you absolutely have to have a hot shower, spend the last 2-3 minutes of your shower under significantly cooler water. The cooler the water is in the shower, the better you will feel when you leave the bathroom and walk into a warm house.
The more you move, the more your body works. The more your body works, the higher your body temperature rises. If you are trying to stay cool and not rely on an air conditioner to keep you cool, do not move around too much.
I cannot say this enough: you should really invest in some versatile fans! Oscillating fans, personal fans, desk fans, you name it! I cannot tell you how awesome a personal desk fan is if you are stuck in front of a computer for work--I have many battery operated fans that I rely on to help me get through the heat!
These new, Energizer EcoAdvanced batteries are the first batteries on the market to use recycled batteries/materials, and they are Energizer's longest lasting alkaline ever! Although most of my personal fans and other appliances around our house take AA batteries, the new Energizer EcoAdvanced batteries also come in AAA.
If you are eager to try the new, Energizer EcoAdvanced batteries like I was you can find them at Walmart! These new batteries bring guilt free, long-lasting energy to your home (up to 12 years storage); they were made by taking materials thrown in a landfill and turning them into new batteries.
Energizer is also hosting the GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway - $1,000 in Gift Cards
Be sure to follow Energizer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates!
How do you personally live "greener?" What tips do you have?
How do you personally live "greener?" What tips do you have?