Blogging Real Simple: 23 Ways to Beat the Heat

Blogging Real Simple: 23 Ways to Beat the Heat

Stephanie Kinnear
Jul 17, 2007

There are some green and, obviously, simple summertime tips for staying cool in the July issue of Real Simple.

Because, let's face it: Whether you're dealing with sticky southern humidity or a dry desert heat, surviving the summer without overloading the power grid is always a challenge.

Luckily, 20 of Real Simple's 23 tips are energy-smart alternatives to running the AC.

Cool-down methods range from the obvious (take off your shoes!) to the more ingenious (make an energy efficient air conditioner with a fan and a bowl of ice cubes).

We especially like counterintuitive suggestion # 16: Eat more spicy food. We plan on testing that one out tonight!

How do you stay cool in the summer while still staying (mostly) off the grid?

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