WOW, it's a scorcher! It doesn't look like we'll get much relief from the heat in the next few days, but if you're living on a tight budget and/or don't have air conditioning to begin with, I thought I might share some tips on how to stay cool and save a little bit of cash at the same time, courtesy of Squawkfox.com.
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- Get a fan
A ceiling fan is a relatively inexpensive investment - the cheapest models start at around $40. Window fans and tower fans are also good investments to circulate the air and keep it moving across your skin, hence cooling you down!
- Turn on the blower
Turn on the fan/blower of your central heating system. While the air won't be cooled as with the A/C, the blower will move air around your home and bring some of the cooler air up from the basement for some relief.
- Camp out in the basement
If you can't take the heat . . . get into the basement! Bunking downstairs can make your nights much more bearable, and best of all, it's completely free. If you don't have furniture, pick up a cheap air mattress. The $30 you'll spend on one won't matter when you're sleeping in cool, comfortable bliss.
- Plant a tree
Planting a deciduous tree on the south side of your home can help provide shelter from the sun in the summer months. Less light and heat will hit the house, so your air conditioner or other cooling techniques won't have to work as hard. Plus, it's great for the environment.
- Keep your blinds and drapes closed
Keep the sunlight from entering your home during the day by keeping blinds and drapes closed. Then, at night, throw the windows open to let in some of the cooler night air. (It doesn't kill you, like they thought in the olden days.)
So if air conditioning isn't your thing, or you just don't have the money to keep it running as often as you'd like, take some of these money saving tips to beat the heat. And, as always --