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Beat the Heat on the Cheap


July 01, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Reduce The Use

I keep talking about the heat, but when my weather app tells me every morning that the high temp for the day is going to be "FIRE," it makes it a little difficult to talk about anything else.

In February, I promised if winter would ever end I would never complain again. But it feels like the Earth has stopped rotating with South Carolina facing the sun, and we are inching closer and closer to it every single day.

Check with my husband and he will tell you our house goes on lockdown in summer. Our blinds are tightly closed, and our blackout curtains are drawn to keep the sun and its heat outside. Our ceiling fans rotate on full speed while we're home, and everyone in the house has been commanded to keep the lights off.

Because using the stove generates more heat, we use the grill as often as we can. I use the slow cooker for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I do break my own rules and turn on the stove, it's in the early morning or late evening, and it's only for a few minutes at a time.

Keeping cool this summer is going to be a challenge, but little changes (many of which are free or low-cost) make a huge difference when it comes to beating the heat. For additional energy saving ideas, visit us online, and on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.