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    Default Article: 12 Unusual Ways to Beat the Heat

    12 unusual, yet Practical ways to cool off in the summer heat when you don't have any air conditioning

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    thank you for these ideas. We have not had central air for over 25 years. A little window air conditioner in the kitchen helps in there so I can use the oven. We turn the fan on from the central heat (turn the heat off). It brings the cool air up from the basement and circulates the air very well. An outside entrance from the basement is opened at night to bring in cooler air again and keeps our home at a comfortable temp. Also, don't run the air conditioner in the car for short trips. Once you get that cool, it doesn't matter how cool the house is, it won't be cool enough.
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    When my a/c went out a few months ago, I put damp washcloths in the freezer. When they were frozen (which doesn't take very long) we would put them on our necks or forehead to cool off.

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    An old South City trick to help reduce the rising temperature of your dwelling. Put shiny side of aluminum foil in your windows facing outside. It works just like an auto window cover. It may only reduce your temperature by a couple of degrees, but it works.

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    We do have central heat/air but want to save on our energy bills. Instead of aluminum foil on the windows, we buy the emergency blankets that are sold in the sporting goods/camping section of stores like Walmart. For less than $3 you get a very large piece of reflective material that really stops the sun from entering through the windows. Easy to put up with a little tape and easy to take down for winter.

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    Heart Re: 12 Unusual Ways to Beat the Heat

    Quote Originally Posted by katpet View Post
    We do have central heat/air but want to save on our energy bills. Instead of aluminum foil on the windows, we buy the emergency blankets that are sold in the sporting goods/camping section of stores like Walmart. For less than $3 you get a very large piece of reflective material that really stops the sun from entering through the windows. Easy to put up with a little tape and easy to take down for winter.
    Love this idea . I am going to the Walmart to get some !!!!

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    I made a swamp cooler and it works really good and like the rice idea didn't know that one

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    What great ideas, I can't wait to try some out!!

 

 
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