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
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.
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?