Not sure about where you are, but here in Southern California we are having a serious heat wave. Some of you would want to punch me in the face to hear me feeling faint in the 85-degree weather but the problem is that where I live we mostly have no A/C because we aren’t used to many days that require that.
On one hand, we’re forced into being energy efficient in the heat… the lights are all off during the day, we’ve got fans on, but we aren’t running the electricity bill up with an air conditioner.
But add that sticky feeling to cranky, over-tired, hot little ones (hot bedrooms make for short naps), a deadline to clean out and organize our garage (the garage is just…so…hot) and house to move, and a fridge that decided to break during the hottest week of the year, and you get a little glimpse into my home life.
We’ve been keeping our sanity with plenty of time in the community or grandparents’ pool and even a spontaneous run-through-the-sprinklers-with-dad episode.
Our gas and electric company does these Reduce Your Use days where we can earn discounts if use below a certain range of electricity, and in the last week, we’ve had two of these days. So being energy-conscious is on my mind as I think of ways to cool down the family.
So today, I’d love to hear from you… how do you cool off without the A/C? Smoothies and popsicles? Salads and not using the oven? Let’s get some community reaction to staying cool and energy-efficient at the same time.