TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
 
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map


Columns | Go Far With Kovar

How Can I Save Money
on AC This Summer?

by Taylor Kovar

Hi Taylor - I've set a goal for the summer, and that is to avoid hating the entire season. The heat usually overwhelms me and I refuse to run the AC nonstop and waste all my money. Any ideas for how I can accomplish this goal? - Morgan

Hi Morgan - As far as I'm concerned, there should be "beat the heat" support groups on every block. I have the same struggles as you do each summer, though I've come up with a couple ways that make it a little easier to survive.

1. Make things cold. You might not be running the AC, but the fridge and freezer will stay on. There are all sorts of things you can chill for a couple hours that will help you stay cool later on. Depending on how bad the heat is that you're trying to escape, you can put your bedsheets in the freezer for a few minutes before going to sleep; not long enough to make them damp, but enough time to provide a comforting chill at the end of the night. You can also take a hot water bottle and put it in the freezer, using the water resistance to make sure you don't get your blankets soaked.

2. Smart fanning. Fans are helpful, but lots of the time it feels like they're just pushing hot air into your face. That all changes when you put some ice in front of the fan and cool the air down. If you get a shallow container, fill it with ice and water, and put it right in front of the fan, the breeze will collect cold air off the melting ice and send it your way. Make sure you're keeping the freezer stocked with ice cubes and not just bedsheets.

3. Freeze your feet.
The pulse points in your body generate extra heat, and there are two such points in your feet and ankles. At any point in the day, kicking off your shoes and socks will take down your body temperature. If you want to take it a step further, dunking your tootsies in a bucket of cold water is a good move as well. This is especially useful if you're too hot to fall asleep at night.

4. Make cool meals. Fire is hot, and using heat to cook your food is only going to make your house warmer. Buy things that are precooked or get into eating cold salads and sandwiches on the days that are too hot to bear. Aside from keeping your house cooler, you'll avoid putting toasty food in your mouth.

Hopefully one or two of these work for you, Morgan. If you think of any other clever ways to beat the heat, please send them my way!


Taylor Kovar July 27, 2018
More "Go Far With Kovar"

Disclosure: Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies. Investments involve risk and, unless otherwise stated, are not guaranteed. Be sure to first consult with a qualified financial adviser and/or tax professional before implementing any strategy discussed herein. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. To submit a question to be answered in this column, please send it via email to Question@TaylorKovar.com, or via regular mail to Lessons on Wealth, 106 E Lufkin Ave., Lufkin, TX 75901.

"Go Far With Kovar"

  • Can you Predict if it Would be Worth it to Move to a Smaller Town for a Lower Cost of Living? 7-20-18
  • How High Does my Credit Score Really Need to Be? 7-13-18
  • Should I Pay off my Debt or Work on my Emergency Fund? 7-6-18
  • How Should I Allocate my Money From a Settlement? 6-29-18
  • Is it Better to Buy a House or Continue Renting, Given My Financial Situation? 6-22-18

    more »

  • Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Go to Home Page »
    TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
    Texas Counties
    Texas Towns A-Z
    Texas Ghost Towns

    TEXAS REGIONS:
    Central Texas North
    Central Texas South
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Panhandle
    Texas Hill Country
    East Texas
    South Texas
    West Texas

    Courthouses
    Jails
    Churches
    Schoolhouses
    Bridges
    Theaters
    Depots
    Rooms with a Past
    Monuments
    Statues

    Gas Stations
    Post Offices
    Museums
    Water Towers
    Grain Elevators
    Lodges
    Stores
    Banks

    Vintage Photos
    Historic Trees
    Cemeteries
    Old Neon
    Ghost Signs
    Signs
    Murals
    Gargoyles
    Pitted Dates
    Cornerstones
    Then & Now

    Columns: History/Opinion
    Texas History
    Small Town Sagas
    Black History
    WWII
    Texas Centennial
    Ghosts
    People
    Animals
    Food
    Music
    Art

    Books
    Texas Railroads

    Texas Trips
    Texas Drives
    Texas State Parks
    Texas Rivers
    Texas Lakes
    Texas Forts
    Texas Trails
    Texas Maps
    USA
    MEXICO
    HOTELS

    Site Map
    About Us
    Privacy Statement
    Disclaimer
    Contributors
    Staff
    Contact Us

     
    Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved