The Great 'Ways to keep cool' Hunt

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MSE_Martin
MSE_Martin Posts: 8,272 Money Saving Expert
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edited 5 September 2023 at 12:08PM in In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving
As we've already had a taste of summer, I thought it worth tapping MoneySavers knowledge for ways to keep cool if and when it gets hot this year. If you leave it until the sun is sweltering, prices shoot up. So what can you do now to keep the house cool for less?

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Martin

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  • moggins
    moggins Posts: 5,190 Forumite
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    Tonight I am off to bed early to try and get up and do the housework before it gets too hot tomorrow. I just can't cope with this heat, I'm suffering from swollen feet, headaches, migraines and just sheer exhaustion.

    I'm loathe to keep the fan on as my electric bills are high enough as it is, anyone have any brilliant suggestions for trying to keep cool enough to get some work done?
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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  • brokenwings
    brokenwings Posts: 608 Forumite
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    i just have to keep runnning my hot bits under the cold tap : )
  • scared-i-jellyfish
    scared-i-jellyfish Posts: 111 Forumite
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    Take it slow during the day and don't work til it gets cooler- 6pm onwards.

    I have started gardening in the evenings til it gets dark.

    :cool: :cool: :cool:
    The most vital time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
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  • smokey112
    smokey112 Posts: 541 Forumite
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    I left mine till later today as the sun is at the side of our house late afternoon and when OH went to work I done the rest of the housework starkers - with the blinds shut of course - cats looked at me a bit funny mind you.

    Ang
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  • Anne_Marie_2
    Anne_Marie_2 Posts: 2,123 Forumite
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    I have spray bottle made up with water and few drops of peppermint essential oil which I spray on my face and neck all the time just now - actually to cope with hot flushes and it does help.
  • mistresslenore
    mistresslenore Posts: 350 Forumite
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    Put your feet up and get someone to do it for you, use your migraine as an excuse!!!
    With Love From The Mistress xx :p

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  • Ticklemouse
    Ticklemouse Posts: 5,030 Forumite
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    If you get any breeze through your windows, put a large bowl of iced water on the window-ledge. It acts like sort of air con in that it cools the air coming in. Alternatively, hang wet towels at your windows where the breeze can blow through them, if you can (neighbours may think you are cuckoo tho :D) - it does the same thing.

    However, you could tell the kids they can't come inside and they have to wear the same school uniform all week cos it's too hot to launder/clean. Same goes for cooking - you don't!! :rotfl:
  • AussieLass
    AussieLass Posts: 4,066 Forumite
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    You load of whining whimps. :D

    Welcome to my world. :p

    Brokenwings What exactly are your hot bits? :D

    I don't really have any suggetions other than TM idea sounds good. I usually get up really early and do as much as you can get done. Around the middle of the day I wind down and then power on again after tea. What I find is good when I lived up north. 40+ degrees up there girls. ;) is a little scarf type thing you can buy at the chemists. Inside is like a gel, and you pop in fridge and wear it around the house. It makes such a difference. If nobody can get them over there, let me know and I can get you some over here & post them.

    I never wore them out :D.
    Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. ;)


  • taplady
    taplady Posts: 7,184 Forumite
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    The scarves sound a good idea Aussielass!

    I always keep my windows open and all the curtains shut it really makes a difference.I keep the back door open too - have 3 dogs so dont worry about intruders;)

    I do have a fan on when I iron - its the only way I can do it and drink lots of water.
    Do what you love :happyhear
  • Katgoddess
    Katgoddess Posts: 1,821 Forumite
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    I've seen instructions on how to make the scarves around. They are filled with the gel crystals you use for pot plants.

    http://www.watersorb.com/polymer_cool_neck_bands.htm
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