Texas is known for having hot summers. The summer heat in Texas comes with the task of reducing energy consumption to keep the cost of electricity down. Your task becomes a struggle at night when the heat makes it difficult to relax and go to sleep. Unsurprisingly, it is difficult to get comfortable, fall asleep, and then stay asleep when it is hot outside. It’s tempting to adjust the AC to bring down the temperature at night, but that will impact your electric usage in a not-so-positive way because even cheap electricity adds up to big bucks.
You don’t want to go broke just to cool off, but is there another choice? Unfortunately, it is Texas, and we can’t do anything about the heat during the summer months, but you can try a few things to stay cool this summer without going broke.
Reduce Your Energy Bill without Losing Sleep
- Stay Hydrated – Staying hydrated helps your body regulate its temperature. When dehydrated, your body has difficulty controlling your internal temperature, making you feel hotter.
- Humans have a natural cooling mechanism which is sweating. When we are hot, we sweat; the evaporating moisture helps cool us down. If you are dehydrated, you may not be able to produce enough sweat to help you cool down. This makes staying hydrated an important part of reducing energy consumption and it helps keep you healthy and happy.
- Use Cooling Sheets and Pillows – Look for sheets and pillows made of moisture-wicking materials that will help keep you cool and dry. Flannel sheets are perfect for the winter months because they hold heat in. But when summer is upon us, heat is one thing you want to expel. To keep from turning up the AC and costing you money, pack up the flannel sheets until next year.
- Dress appropriately – Wear lightweight, breathable clothing made of natural materials. If you are investing in cooling sheets, make a lateral move and invest in some cooling pajamas. Cooling PJ’s will assist you in getting a good night’s sleep. If your living situation allows, consider sleeping in your birthday suit.
- Keep Curtains and Blinds Closed – The sun will naturally help warm your room. Keep this from happening by keeping the curtains drawn, and blinds closed during the day. Accomplish reducing energy consumption in your home by making changes like closing the blinds during the day keep you cool at night.
- Close the bedroom door – Along with keeping the curtains and blinds closed, keep your bedroom door closed, especially if you have a window unit. It is much easier to cool and keep cool a small area, but once you open up the door, the space you are cooling increases, and so does your electric usage and energy cost.
- Use a fan – A ceiling fan or any fan is a great way to keep the air moving, and the gentle breeze will help keep you cool.
- Take a cool shower – There is no better way to bring your body temperature down than a cool shower. Be sure to get your head wet. When your head and feet are cool, your body is cool.
- Grab an icepack – On hot nights, go ahead and get an ice pack or cold compress and rest it against your head or on your feet. The effect is similar to taking a cool shower.
We all have to deal with the hot Texas summer. Learning how to keep cool without turning your AC down will help reduce your energy usage and spending this summer. With these tips, you should get a good night’s rest even on the hottest nights and with luck, you can reduce your energy bill by reducing energy consumption.
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