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7 Tips to Cool Down This Summer Without Turning Up the A/C!

by On May 16 2017

Is there anything hotter than a Texas summer? If there is, we don’t want to find out! Summer is always the season with the highest electricity usage in the Lone Star State. It’s no secret why: commercial businesses and residential customers alike are cranking up the air conditioning to stay comfortable and sweat-free. That includes all of us here at Discount Power!

But because we appreciate the value of a dollar, we also rely on some old tricks to cool down without turning down the thermostat. In addition to costing far less than the electricity needed to keep the A/C running all day and night, these techniques are also more environmentally friendly, as well. Most of them date back to the days before air-conditioning—or even electricity—existed!

Here are our top seven tips to cool down for less this summer:

  1. Hit the showers.

A cold shower (or even a lukewarm one) can bring down your core body temperature and rinse off any sweat that’s been marinating you on a hot day. It’s a great way to cool off fast—and almost as refreshing as:

  1. Take a dip.

Nothing beats a swim on a sweltering August day! Whether it’s a pool, the Gulf, a lake, or even your bathtub, splashing around a bit can help lower your body temp in much the same way as taking a cold shower. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

  1. Let it all hang out.

Hang a wet sheet in front of a cold window to drop the air temperature of the breeze blowing in. This is a great way to cool down an entire room considerably, especially after dark when the air temperature begins going down on its own.

  1. Stay away from that stove.

Don’t introduce any more heat into your home if you can help it! Leave those casseroles for cooler climates and focus on chilled or room-temp dishes instead. If you must have hot food, grill it outdoors or use the microwave, instead. If you have an electric range, this can help you save on your electric bill, too!

  1. Let your blood run cold.

We’re not talking about watching a horror movie, here! If you need to chill out fast, take a cold compress and apply it to your pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees.

  1. Move downstairs.

Heat rises, so the lowest point in your home is always the coolest. Try setting up a mattress or a hammock on the floor or as low as you can in the summer to get away from the heat. If you have a two-story residence, try sleeping downstairs.

  1. Stay hydrated.

Sunshine and heat promote dryness and dehydration, which will elevate your body temperature. Nice, tall glasses of cold water (or lemonade—your call!) are a great way to stay cool and hydrated on long, hot summer days. No need to skimp on the ice, either!

Discount Power customers can afford to turn their thermostats down farther for longer thanks to our great, low rates! If a thrifty summer is what you’re after, make the switch to Discount Power today and save $50 off your first month’s bill!