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Tips for beating the heat this summer in the desert southwest


YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Triple-digit temperatures are among us, and it's time to keep ourselves and our homes cooler this time around. But how is that possible when electric companies encourage us to save energy? Follow these easy ways beat the summer.

Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans, make sure to turn them on in the summer if you're home to circulate the cool air around your home. Don't forget to turn it off when you leave the room because fans cool people, not rooms. You can also choose to buy a portable fan. You know, those that spray mist in your face while fanning you.

Block the sun

Some of us enjoy letting the natural light in the home, but with this weather, it's better to tilt your blinds up and close the drapes. Remember, don't let the sun overheat your home.

Take a shower

Who's to say you only need to shower if you're dirty? Taking a shower helps your body to cool down. Ditch the hairdryer and let your hair air-dry. This will help maintain your body cooler and feeling clean after a cold shower.

Don't use your stove

Perfect time to take some time off from using your stove and get the grill ready! Keeping your stove off will keep your home cooler, and you're also saving energy. Remember, it's also a good excuse to order take-out.

Stay hydrated

Probably the most important tip, especially in the desert southwest. It seems like you can't have too much water, am I right? Real Simple says as you lose water to dehydration, your body temperature rises, so replacing fluids is essential to keeping cool. Word of advice, avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine, or lots of sugar, which are dehydrating. 

Take a dip

The perfect excuse to take your kids out or yourself to the lake or swimming pool this weekend. Keep drinking cold drinks to stay cool inside and out.

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