Santa Ana winds, high temperatures, fire danger – are you running your AC round the clock? No doubt. And, your utility bills are steadily becoming cringe worthy. With the advent of crazy weather season in the Inland Empire, we’ve got some great, low-cost, low impact hacks to help keep residents cool, comfortable and solvent in our hot, desert clime.

Hydrate
It sounds basic, but you can regulate your body temperature simply by keeping hydrated with water. Drink at least eight ounces every hour and your body will feel cooler. Avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks. Add a little flavor with mint leaves, citrus, or cucumber slices to turn a glass of water it into a refreshing beverage throughout the day.

Keep it Covered
Keep the back of your neck covered with a hat brim, a wet bandana, or even an upturned collar. Your body’s “thermostat” is located in the collar area. Keeping it covered helps keep your entire body feeling cooler.

Swamp People
Wet your hat, or a bandana and place an icepack under it, and directly on top of your head. Think of it as your own portable swamp cooler!

The “Wet” Look
Soak a t-shirt in lukewarm water, wring it out and put it on. Sit near a fan indoors on a stool, or outdoors in the shade, in the breeze. You’ll stay cool as the water evaporates. Repeat soaking as necessary. Also try dampening the sleeves of a short-sleeve cotton shirt, and sit near a fan or breeze. Do the same thing to your pants legs, or long skirts for an extra cooling effect.

A Little Spritz
Fill a spray bottle with water and adjust to a fine mist, then “spritz” yourself on bare skin for a bracing, instant cooling effect.

It’s All in the Wrist
Fill a basin with cold water and ice, and soak your hands up to your wrists for 10 – 30 seconds. You could also run cold water over your wrists, but we prefer to not waste water. This will reduce your temperature for about an hour. Repeat as needed.

Play Footsy
Soak your feet in a bucket of cold water. The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, so cooling any of these will efficiently cool the body. Kids wading pools are great for foot soaking – pop some ice cubes in there and bring a frosty beverage with you.

Rub a Dub Dub
When the temperatures hit the high unbearables, fill your bathtub with cool water and get in. Once you are used to the temperature, let some water out and refill with cold water. Keep doing this until you are sufficiently cold. Your body will stay cool for a long time after you get out. For a fast cool-down, add ice!

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