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Ways to Keep Cool Before You Absolutely Need Your Air Conditioner

Ways to Keep Cool Before You Absolutely Need Your Air Conditioner

We have become so accustomed to air conditioning that we feel like we need to turn it on before it’s necessary. The truth of the matter is, we don’t need the air conditioner as soon as the warm weather starts approaching. Not only is it a waste of money, it’s a waste of energy and negatively impacts out environment. Some may argue that it’s worth the comfort that cool air brings, but there are other ways to keep cool—ways that will have you singing when you see that this month’s electric bill is lower than the last.

1. Cotton, cotton, cotton.

If you have a wool couch, take a few seconds to throw a light weight, light colored cotton sheet over it. The best option is white because it reflects heat instead of absorbing it. Cotton is breathable, so it’s the best fabric choice if you’re looking to cool down and relax. The same goes for your favorite fuzzy comforters, flannel sheets and pillowcases on your bed. There’s no doubt that these items are cozy, but replace them with cotton sheets and blankets for the time being. Cotton will provide you with good ventilation and air flow while you sleep. Also, don’t feel silly flipping your pillow every now and then; the cool side of the pillow truly does help.

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Hint: Put your sheets in a plastic bag and let them sit in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

After your couch and bed is dressed in cotton, it’s time for you to dress in cotton. It’s best to dress light for bed, and cotton is the best fabric for that.

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2. Keep your window shades down.

You may be surprised with how much heat can come from the windows of a home—especially large ones. Let the window shades do their job by keeping them down. You’ll feel a difference in the indoor temperature once you make this a habit.

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    3. Place an ice bowl by the fan.

    Fill a shallow bowl with ice cubes and place it in front of a fan. The air blown from the fan will pick up the coolness of the ice, as well as the moisture on the surface, creating mist. After trying out this hack, you’ll probably never go back to using just the fan again. The ice is an easy addition and it’s super refreshing! Turn the fan on an angle for the best results.

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    4. Make your ceiling fan spin counter-clockwise.

    It’s helpful to know that the summer setting for a ceiling fan is counter-clockwise at high speed. This direction allows for an immediate breeze, one that you’ll feel right away if you’re standing underneath it.

    5. Keep windows open at night.

    Temperatures typically drop during the night, so take advantage of that. Even just leaving them open a crack is enough for some refreshing air to flow through. For extra coolness, set up the ice bowl and fan across from the open window to create a cross-breeze.

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    6. Plant a tree or two.

    This is more of a long-term option. If you’re not satisfied after trying all the other suggestions, plant a tree to provide your home with some extra shade for the years to come. Plus, we all know the Earth could always use another tree.

    The next time you’re at home and you’re eager to turn on the air conditioner, consider your options. If it’s finally warm enough for the air conditioner to be necessary, make sure you remember why you tried to keep cool without it in the first place, saving money and the environment. Before you decide to turn it on, make sure it’s working properly and that the system is prepared for the season. A clean and efficient air conditioning system will also help in saving money and energy, every little bit helps!

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    Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

    Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

    On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

    Common Sense

    There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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    Motorcycles

    Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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    Walking

    People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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    Final Thoughts

    The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

    Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

    What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?

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