questionsenergy efficient ways to beat the heat?

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We've all ready "blacked-out" the windows that are always in the sun's path to reduce the heat generated. Also we've changed out all the standard bulbs to CFLs due to them being much cooler and energy efficient. (Something like 200 degrees less generated during use.)

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@xarous: Plenty of fans. A box fan in the window always helps. It seems like even if it's 90º out, the constant air moving across you makes it seem more pleasant, and they don't cost much to keep on

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I like the heat. Of course, I live in a desert, and once it gets truly hot this summer, the humidity will be low, which makes it pleasant.

Wear loose fitting clothing, and don't expose a lot of skin. You don't see Arabs walking around in cut-offs and midriff-baring tea shirts. Wear a hat. Keep the alcohol light, and watch the intake of caffeine. Stay away from all the junk drinks (especially the "sport" drinks), and drink plenty of water. You know, the H2O stuff. Water.

Watch the salt intake too. Too much salt will just cause you to swell up and retain water. It's very unlikely that you will sweat enough to actually need more salt.

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Here in the Atlanta area it has gotten close to 100 degrees and my A/C has been out for over a week. I've survived with ceiling fans and various other fans moving air around.

@capguncowboy The ol' box fan in the window is the best, but the trick is to point it out and have other windows open. The fan actually creates a flow of air as it pulls the inside air through it, which forces outside air to come through the other windows.

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@nrwyldheaven: When my wife and I were dating, we had a rental house that was built in the 50s. It had a 24"x24" exhaust fan in the hallway that blew into the attic at the rate of probable 15000 CFMs. We could turn that thing on and open up a window and it was like a windstorm in that house. it really kept it cool on the nights where it fell into the 60s outside. The only downside was if you left a light on at night, the bugs would land on the screens. The little ones would literally get sucked through the screen in little pieces. It was quite humorous, but quite a pain in the neck to clean up too

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@nrwyldheaven: Yeah I am just north of you in SC (Upstate area) and can attest to the heat. It was 108 yesterday, factoring the humidity.

Our A/C went out, but I was about to fix it. I would do the fan trick if I didn't have a sixth month old and her mother freaks if the a/c isn't running, regardless of fans, electrical usage, etc.

@shrdlu Water intake is high. No pop, clothing is loose, hair protects skin exposure, no alcohol, no "sport/replenish" crap, very low sodium. Now if I would just be brave enough to venture outside once and a while.

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@xarous: A hat is good whether you have hair or not. I've spent most of my life living in deserts; I like the heat. Wear a hat.

Hopefully you have the air conditioning set to a reasonable temperature. In the summer, I have it set at 76 Fahrenheit. When the average daily temperature is above 100, sometimes I take a nap in the early afternoon, during the heat of the day. Fresh air and sunshine are good, even for a six month old. Obviously you would want to aim for early morning, or evening (before 10AM or after 4PM, discounting stupid daylight savings time).

I've seen a recent study that says kids who don't get enough sunlight are more likely to be myopic. I'm not sure of this, just pointing it out.

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@shrdlu: The hair protects from skin exposure wasn't for my head, the top of my head is sans hair, so a hat is worn often.
As for the A/C I keep it around 75-77. My eldest daughter is outside all the time (sunscreen equipped) and the youngest gets indirect natural lighting. Our pediatric advisor recommends limited direct sun exposure for those under six months, irregardless of sunscreen. We all try to go out for awhile in the evening prior to dinner. I do all the yard work around 8-9AM after dropping kids off to where they are needed.

As to the eyesight, interesting, I wonder what the correlation to pupil coloration to the increased/decreased risk of shortsightedness. I know it may affect the ability of night vision.

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Look into water misters that fit onto your A/C coils outside. They help remove the heat for very little water usage and you save on electricity. I saw the system on "Living with Ed". http://www.coolnsave.com/

The coupon code kerry takes $10 off.

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@xarous: Macular Degeneration (a subject I am unfortunately very knowledgeable on) is precisely that; the loss of retinal pigmentation is a sign of this. Here's more than you ever wanted to know.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macular_degeneration

I've been taking a supplement meant to help with this, and I was surprised to notice that my night vision improved, and that my tolerance for sunlight also improved. Reading about this condition explained the improvement. I don't really have most of the really bad symptoms, and my cholesterol is great, but it's still something to be aware of.

Now I'm going to have to find the original research on the data I'd mentioned concerning kids and sunlight and myopia.

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@shrdlu: what's the supplement you take? I have a family history of bad eyes, have a fear of eye diseases and would probably take almost anything if it promised to keep my eyes working.

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@agingdragqueen: I think your ophthalmologist needs to recommend it, which gives you a discount. It's still very expensive, though. You can easily purchase this on your own, but you might want to consider just reading through some of the data first. Please read EVERYTHING in the following link with a grain of salt. It had some good information, but is also a little crazy on some of the recommendations.

http://www.naturaleyecare.com/diseases.asp?d_num=8

This is what I take (although I purchase it directly from MacuHealth, and at a discount that makes it around $65).

http://www.naturaleyecare.com/store/detail.aspx?ID=1878

I actually like this link better than the other two.

http://www.macuhealth.com/macular.htm

I don't think it would do any harm to take this, but you can get two out of three ingredients in that from any good health food aisle. The third ingredient is copyrighted, and is only found in that product.

HTH

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@shrdlu: Thanks so much! But, oy, looking through those links, it's probably a good idea to see an ophthalmologist pretty soon anyway.

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@agingdragqueen: Even an optometrist is okay. Just go to a real one, with an office, not one that has a storefront in Walmart, or Costco, or is at Lenscrafters.