Summer Swelter: Tips to Beat the Heat
Triple digit temperatures plague the globe as the summer season begins. The sun may not be the only thing rising; you may notice your bills skyrocket as well. Summer can be one of the most fun, exciting, and expensive times of the year. With electricity costs increasing and outdoor activities more plentiful than ever, it’s important to summer proof you and your home.
Look around you, and immediately you can cut costs. Start by a trip to the hardware or grocery store, purchase energy star approved light bulbs for a quick cost reduction. Utilize blinds or curtains to provide shade that will allow you run the AC at a less stringent level. While you’re at work, school, or enjoying the summer sun, increase your home temperature to about 78 degrees to keep the area cool, and the energy consumption low.
Become familiar with your household appliances. Avoid using items that tend to use large amounts of energy or heat during the peak hours of 4-6pm. Go “green” by hanging clothing from the line and forgetting the dryer. Good news to the TV dinner fans, according to a recent study by manufacturing.net, using the microwave takes less energy and produces less heat than running your conventional oven. Doing a full load of dishes in the dishwasher also lessons the energy consumed to wash a load by hand.
During this season, we may find ourselves obsessed with penny pinching; but remember to still put safety first. Hours spent in the sun require close attention to your water intake and sunscreen application. Applying sunscreen reduces the risk of burns, sun damage, and skin cancer. Many smart phones even now have an application to remind you to reapply. For those on the go, a UV wristband has been developed that notifies you when your UV exposure reaches a high level. Clothing can be your best accessory against protecting yourself from harmful rays. Wearing hats and light, long sleeved clothing may be necessary if you’re spending long periods of time outdoors.
Whether your time is spent for leisure or labor, familiarize yourself with heat stroke symptoms. Signs may range from profuse sweating, nausea, and even fainting. Take these warnings seriously, and consult medical attention if necessary. Employers especially, must prepare for the summer heat; ensuring employees are properly clothed, hydrated, and rested for the job.
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