Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Beat*EN* the heat

That's right folks, Beaten, as in past tense, as in it's over!  Our Air Conditioning is up and running perfectly! 

It was a drama-filled weekend and I'm glad it is over.  I hate being grouchy like that constantly.  Poor Cody and the kids have put up with a lot of complaining and misdirected hostility. :)  Apparently being hot makes me downright crazy.

But I did learn a few good tricks to keeping the house cool, which I want to remember to help keep things energy efficient:

-Open your garage door for half an hour at night and in the morning to air it out.
-Set up a fan at the bottom of the stairs and point it up during the day so that the cooler air is lifted to the main floor.
-Put foil or emergency blankets (you know the thin foil-type) over the windows to block the light and heat.
-Open windows during the night and angle multiple fans to draw air through the house--not just blowing on you.
-Use a crock-pot, rice cooker, bread machine, electric skillet, or other small appliances to cook--but put them in the garage while they're running so they don't heat up the house.  Grill whenever possible as well.
-Angle blinds so the bottom is pointed toward the window during the day to reflect as much light as possible, and whatever does leak through goes to the ceiling instead of the floor.
-Set up the tent in the basement and sleep down there.
-Don't leave the doors open for any length of time.  Get in and get out as quickly as possible.
-Eat lots of fresh foods and smaller meals.  Healthier bodies need less work to cool, and that's really all you can stomach anyway.
-Stay very hydrated, even if you're spending your entire day indoors.
-When all else fails, take a nap.

NOW, however, I will go do a little victory celebration by making homemade soft pretzels.  In my oven.  In the afternoon.  Bwahahaha!


Laurie Fifield said...

Keeping the blinds closed during the day works well without having to put ugly foil in the windows. Open them when the direct sun is aimed elsewhere.

Granny D Fifield said...

A good example of how some bad makes for good. Great list of helps we can all use.