Keep your family cool during those hot days.
Keep your family cool during those hot days.

Cheap ways to keep cool during the hot weather

THE Northern Rivers is headed for more and more hot weather as the year comes to a close.

But the hot weather doesn't mean you need to go broke trying to pay your electricity bill.

MORE: Which Northern Rivers town will hit 37 degrees this weekend?

Here are some ways to keep cool on the cheap:

  • Go to the beach (But stay between the flags)
  • For those who aren't keen on the beach, head to your local pool or to another swimming spot
  • Take a cool bath (Doesn't use as much water as a shower)
  • Place an ice pack on the back of your neck (this spot in particular cools body temperature fast)
  • The good old front yard sprinkler - put it out and let the kids run wild while you also water your plants/grass
  • Spray bottle of cool water into pedestal fan for new mist spray fan
  • Alternatively, simply regularly spritzing yourself with a spray bottle while sitting in front of a fan that's going at full speed is a good combo
  • Make and eat icey poles
  • Take a blanket and find a big shady tree to sit under
  • When running the washing machine, close the inside door and open the outside door so the heat escapes outside instead of bouncing back inside
  • Avoid using the oven - opt for the barbecue, and save heating up the inside of the house
  • Close your blinds when the sun gets too hot
  • Leave windows open (but locked) on cool nights and close up the house in the morning when it starts warming up
  • If you must use the air conditioning, turn thermostat to 21-22 degrees, rather than 18-19
  • Handheld fans (paper, not those silly electric ones needing batteries)
  • Don't wear socks around the house!! Opt for thongs if you must have something on your feet
  • Close off to the rest of the house the 'quick to heat up rooms' that aren't being used. Just keep a window open in there so it doesn't get stuffy
  • Plant trees strategically to block direct sunlight
  • Stay in air-conditioning other than at home so that means go and see a movie, hang out at the mall/shopping centre etc
  • Keep the house cool by closing all windows, doors and curtains before 9am
  • Keep hydrated
  • Freeze a couple of reusable closed plastic bag full of water and alternate them as ice packs
  • If working, buy a small fan to seat at your desk powered by your PC via a USB cable - no extra power usage!
  • Many people don't know most ceiling fans have two settings and keep them in the winter mode all year long, helping cold air go up instead of keeping it down - check your ceiling fan
  • Have a siesta - hey, they do it in Spain!
  • Only to be used in moments of extreme desperation - Wet a sheet, place it in the freezer, get it out and unfurl it (crunch, crunch, crunch), wrap yourself in it and prepare to steam like a compost heap
  • Hang out with a cool group of friends (See what we did there?)
  • Check google earth maps for neighbours with pools and befriend them in time for Christmas heat


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