Want to keep cool without increasing your electric bill?

Many of us want to beat the summer heat without racking up a crazy expensive electric bill.

This is possible, but you will need to put some effort and creativity to get results.

Here are some energy saving tips to keep you cool without running your air conditioning like crazy this summer. First, use cotton sheets and wear cotton clothes at night. One of the hardest times to not have your air conditioning blasting cold air is at night. Wearing cotton clothes and using cotton sheets will cool you down a lot more than silk or wool materials. Next, ditch the hot showers. Although hot showers are what you are probably used to and are very relaxing, they will increase your body temperature and you will end up sweating more post shower. Make your showers cool and put on cotton clothing after. Also, let your hair air dry instead of creating heat from a blow dryer and you won’t miss your A/C too much. Fans are your friend. You can use your ceiling fans or portable fans to keep you cool. If you want to be extra cool, you can place a bowl full of ice in front of a fan. It may mimic the feeling of cold air that you would normally get from an air conditioner. If you can see, turn off the lights during the day. Believe it or not, your lamps and lights give off heat. Even electronics give off heat. Turning off the lights and electronics will help you be more energy efficient and save money. If possible, during the day close your windows and blinds. This will block the sun and remove heat from inside your home. At night, you can open your windows to let fresh air in.

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