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I help keep the house cool by hosing down the outside with water, especially in
the evening at dusk. I also remove the lid to the attic (hot air rises). Everyone
also wears cold clothes around the back of their necks. Everyone stays hydrated.
Unsweetened lemonade is a real thirst quencher.
As a child in one of the Moroccan concentration camps for Jews(WWII), I was given buttons to suck on during the hottest hours. It helped me to survive the heat. We've also introduced our dog to the coolness of the bathtub.
I have had great success by using old fleece garments - sweats, track pants etc, cutting them into strips/squares, sewing up patchwork for curtain backings.
This has saved us heaps in heating AND cooling.
I live in Adelaide, South Australia. Summer temps reach 45 degrees C. (110 degrees F) Winter temps drop to minus 1 degrees C ( 25 degress or so F).
Admittedly Adelaide is quite dry. I don't know how high humidity would affect the fleece linings. In a dry climate - no problems!
Last year I made new drapes,for the entire house.I saved in several ways.But the "total" energy saver was I "lined" all the drapes/curtains.The winter heat bill was actually lower and the first bill of the summer (we are in Florida) with air conditioning on for a full month now,the bill was "wwaayy lower" than any previous summers.When the drapes/curtains were mostly light cool looking sheers and weaved patterns.I actually found most of my fabric on clearance tables,and the same for the lining.Some I lined with a specific color from the curtain,some I lined with a darker or lighter constrasting color.The living room curtains are "magenta" which I made the drapes then stenciled with black fabric paint five different oriental symbols.It was very time consuming but well worth the time to have one of a kind drapes.
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