Summer is officially here and it is a scorcher. We are seeing drought conditions across the US and temperatures in the 100s! Whether you are one of our friends in Texas or the Midwest you are feeling the heat.
1. Hit the pool or water park to help cool down (remember your sunscreen). We found a list of some great indoor waterparks! You might want to consider an inflatable backyard pool if you can find a shady spot, as we found some reasonably priced ones for sale.
2. Drink lots of water! No, we aren't kidding; staying hydrated is essential when the temperatures are this high. Listen to your body and look for the signs of dehydration in yourself and others.Signs Of Dehydration:
Dehydration can lead to heat stroke if you are not careful. Some signs of heat stroke are if your skin is red and hot, but you are not sweating. You have a rapid and weak pulse, and if you have extreme confusion and irritability. Heat stroke can cause severe damage if not treated, so you should seek medical attention immediately.
3. Avoid using your oven or stove, especially during the heat of the day, as both will add additional heat to your home. Consider using your microwave, slow cooker, or Instant Pot instead. Grilling outside is also a great option! Nothing beats burgers or roasted corn on the grill --- yum!
4. Use your fans and close your shades to keep the sun out. You might want to consider blackout curtains for areas that receive lots of sunlight as they will help reduce the effect of the heat. If you have arched windows, try covering them, and you will start to notice that your air conditioner doesn't have to work quite as hard, and the room is more pleasant!
5. Give your air conditioner a break and go to a movie, museum, or visit your local public library. Be on the lookout for special events and discounts as well. Some museums even offer free admission on certain days.
Bonus: Make sure that you have a fixed energy rate with APG&E
We hope you find at least one of these helpful in beating the heat this summer!