When the summer heat is at its worse you can often hear the hum of air conditioners running throughout the neighborhood. Whether it be a central unit or a simple window unit running the air is the common way to stay cool in the summer. However, if you do not own one or what to keep your power bill from running just as high as the summer temperatures, knowing how to survive without this luxury is very useful.
When it is summer and hot water is your friend. You can spend some time at the local pool or simply make one out of your bathtub. If it is really too hot to go out to the local pool then your bathtub can make a quick escape. Children love to play in the bathtub so why not let them play in the cool water. If you have children that are of opposite gender, or if you want join in swimsuits will work fine. The real point is to let the water cool you off. Getting a water bottle can also be helpful. If you periodically spray yourself with a fine mist of water from a water bottle you can keep cool.
Fans are the second most common thing to use to cool down. Getting a few high velocity fans and running them in a small room can get the temperature cool. The best way to use this method is to close off one room in your house. You can do this by hanging blankets or sheets in open doorways, and closing all other doors. This keeps the cool air in the one room. Just like the water bottle idea there are some fans that have a hook up for a fine mist spray. These will combine two ideas in one.
When the temperatures are really bad most community will assign local ‘cooling places’. These are places that are open to the public that have air conditioning and are willing to share. Some of these places may be a community meeting center, or local senior help centers. However, one place that is not often thought about is the library. You can spend your day in their air conditioning enjoying some good books with your kids. Most also have some sort of wireless internet you can gain access to during your stay. You may think of other places that are willing to share their cooling units with you. Perhaps as a neighborhood you could organize a co-op and have some of the neighbors that would be willing to share their good fortune with others invited others over for the day. This will keep you close by home and give you the chance to get to know your neighbors.
This is just a list of a few things that you can do to stay cool without an air conditioner. Being inventive is the key to learning how to survive without some of the luxuries that some people take for granted.