Singapore is generally hot all year round, but there are months that seem to be hotter than usual, such as the summer months of May to August. But before you reach for that air-conditioner remote control, in conjunction with World Environment Day, it calls for actions to reduce energy and resource consumption.

What are some ways to stay cool without turning on the air-conditioner? Here are some easy tips and tricks that won’t hurt the environment nor break the bank.

Make use of your fridge or freezer

To add a cool touch to your daily routine, try putting your top sheet, towels and linens in the fridge for about an hour or so before using them. A cool top sheet and linens can help lower the temperature of your bed on a warm night, and cool towels are great for getting refreshed if you’re feeling a little sticky from Singapore’s humidity.

Choose comfortable fabrics

In general, natural fibres are more effective in helping you to cool down, so choose fabrics like cotton and linen that allow your skin to breathe underneath the fabric. Some synthetic fabrics are great for detracting moisture (think athleisure or workout clothes) and thus would be a great option if you tend to perspire more often or if you’re intending to work out.

For the home, furniture that’s upholstered in linen is a great way to stay cool. Silk is the best choice for homes with a luxury vibe as it keeps you warm in the cold and cool when it’s hot.

Drink Tea

Water is the best way to stay hydrated in the heat, but if you want something with a bit more flavour, you can try a nice, tall, chilled glass of peppermint tea or chrysanthemum tea. Iced teas are a great way to lower your body temperature and these teas are a great choice for the summer. Other types of cooling teas include honeysuckle and mulberry.

Hack a Fan

You can build your own mini air-conditioner using good old-fashioned ice. Simply place a bowl of ice in front of your fan and feel the cool breeze. Ice packs work great too. If you don’t have ice, try hanging a thin, chilled wet towel over it.

With these tips, you can stay cool, save energy, and save money! What are some of your favourite tips to stay cool in the hot summer heat?

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