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Six Clever Ways To Keep Cool

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Jessica
05.03.12

Sweat is dripping down your forehead. You’re dizzy, lethargic and just plain hot. So beat the heat with these tricks, tips and delicious treats to help you stay cool at home.

Have Fun with Ice Cubes – Spice up a tall, cold glass of water with unique ice cubes. They’re impressive and easy to make! Choose your favorite fruit. Tip: If your fruit is large, like an orange or lemon, go ahead and chop it into small pieces. Add the fruit to water in your ice cube molds, and then freeze them for six to eight hours. To see our favorite ice cube examples, read: Clean Water & Creative Ice Cubes.

Draw Drapes – During the hottest part of the day, draw your drapes. Sunlight heats your home through your windowpanes, so keep cool by blocking the rays. If your windows face east, pull your drapes in the morning. Pull west-facing window drapes in the afternoon.

Seal Your Ducts – Seal all your air conditioner ducts. If you have an unheated basement, crawl space or attic, consider insulating your ducts, too. Insulating your ducts will improve the efficiency of your air conditioner by 10 – 30%!

Run Appliances at Night – Running big appliances like your washing machine, dishwasher and clothes dryer during the day throws off a lot of heat and makes your air conditioner work hard to keep the house cool. Instead, run the appliances at night to reduce the strain on your air conditioner and keep your home cool. Bonus: Avoiding peak power times can cut your electric bills!

Don’t Dehumidify – Only use your dehumidifier when your air conditioner isn’t operating. Running them at the same time will increase the cooling load and force your AC to work overtime. Instead, run your dehumidifier at night when your air conditioner is taking a break and your house is naturally cooler.

Make Boozicles – What could possibly make fruit popsicles better? Booze. All you need is two and a half cups of Coca-Cola, 1/3 cup of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, 1/3 cup of Kahlua and popsicle molds. We like these from Amazon. Mix your ingredients in a pitcher, and then pour your popsicle syrup into your molds. Put them in the freezer for at least two hours, and then enjoy! Tip: Let the Coca-Cola go flat before you prepare your recipe.

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