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Above, the Kodiak Tundra Tumbler helps you retain ice for up to 50
hours). It's build for maximum ice retention.

More ways to stay cool by night:
  • Turn off the lights if you have power.
  • Keep your cool at night by setting up tent in your backyard.

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Above is a demonstration of Alfamo cooling towel. The hyper-evaporative
breathable mesh material of Alfamo makes it easy to activate the chilling.
Just soak, wring out and snap it. Re-wet to reactivate it.

#9: Stay cool with a battery-operated fan.
A battery operated fan is one of the easiest ways to beat the
heat. The
battery operated fan will work well for one person in
the short term, but for the long run you'll need something more
sophisticated. Consider going
solar with a home air conditioning
system that relies on the sun.

  • Solar fan. One way to stay cool without electricity is with
    a solar fan. The Ansee solar fan, is a small-scale fan that's
    under $23 and can be used as fan with high wind,eye-care
    LED table lamp and spotlight torch.

#10: Stay cool at bedtime with linen sheets.
Linen is twice as cool as cotton, but cotton is preferable over
flannel or polyester blends. Cotton is more affordable, and if
you can get Egyptian cotton.

While you're at it, take off the covers during the day as you are
otherwise trapping heat in your bed. The bed may look messy
during the daytime, but you'll sleep better on cool sheets.

More ways to stay cool at bedtime:

  • Stay cool with a spicy dinner. Spicy foods such as
    jalapenos will make you sweat and cool you down.

  • Before bedtime to take a warm shower (not a cold
    one). This will trick your body into cooling down. If you
    take a cold shower it will do the opposite and warm you.

  • Make an ice pack with rubbing alcohol and water. You
    can store them in the freezer and use them for boo boos or
    as a way to cool yourself down at night. The proportions
    are 1 cup of rubbing alcohol and 2 cups of water. You can
    use a food saver to make an ice pack or just use two zip-
    lock bags.

  • Get a controlled brain freeze. If you have electricity, but
    no air conditioning, stick your pillow cases in the freezer.
    This will give your noggin a soothing and relaxing start of

  • Hold a private wet T-shirt contest. Dunk a T-shirt in cold
    water, wring it out and wear that to bed. You'll be damp,
    but you'll stay cool and this doesn't require any electricity.

  • Knock of your socks. When your feet are hot, you're hot
    too. Let your feet aerate (no socks and no covers). Better
    yet, dunk your little piggies in soothing cold water.

More ways to stay cool by day:

  • Use a mister. A simple spray bottle filled with water will
    help cool you down.

  • Turn your home into a cave. Close the blinds, draw the
    shades or curtains.

  • Shut up! Shut doors to keep cool air you are creating from
    permeating into the other rooms.

  • Drink more liquids! Go thermal with your drinks. The
    Kodiak Tundra tumbler will keep your drinks cool in the
    summer or hot in the winter ~ whatever you need.

  • GoCool. The GoCool keeps a small space cool using ice
    and water. The GoCool portable air conditioner is made for
    cooling small, enclosed spaces using ice and water.

#8: Dampened wrist bands and bandannas.
Dunking a bandanna or wrist band in ice water will help, but if
you don't have any ice you can at least take advantage of the
evaporative effects of water.

The Alfamo Cooling Towel is an extra long sports towel that
offers instant cooling:
#7: Stay cool with a portable air conditioner.
A battery operated fan is your best non-electric air conditioner.
Below are two ready made bucket-style air conditioners. Click
on the image for pricing.
Humidity is one of the annoyances of evaporation. Heat absorbs
and suspends in water vapor.
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#3: Stay cool with blackout curtains.
Blackout curtains are an often overlooked way to keep your
home cool. A blackout curtain blocks out 99% of sunlight to any
room, anytime of the day, which means you're sitting cooler
inside. Blackout curtains also reduce outside noise so you can
enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment. You'll save on home
heating and cooling costs, too.

Deconovo blackout curtains, pictured right, are thermal
insulated. (Click on the picture for pricing.) They will block
noise, light and heat from the outside. As well, they do not
attract dust or mites, which is so important if you have allergies.

There are other reasons preppers may like to install blackout
curtains. In times of trouble, you can pull them and secure
darkness (when others have no light). If your house is the only
house shining in the dark trouble could come knocking at your
doorstep when the stuff hits the fan.

#4: Stay cool with awnings or trees to shade
If you're a homeowner, you can protect your furnishings from
sun's damaging UV rays and keep home cool with awnings. They
aren't inexpensive, but they may be necessary depending on
your locale to reduce the intense heat. For example, some
months in Arizona are life-threatening without air conditioning.

Another option is to plant trees strategically to shade the

#5: Stay cool with a solar attic fan.
A solar attic fan is one of the more unusual ways to keep your
home cool. With a solar attic fan you can cool your home and
save money by reducing cooling load on air conditioning units.
Pictured right, an attic solar fan installs easily on pitched
fiberglass-asphalt shingle roofs - with no wiring required. It
operates on free solar energy.

#6: Stay cool with plastic bottles.
Build your own home-made contraption to stay cool. The video
below explains how to keep a room cool using a panel of
recycled plastic bottles, cut and positioned into place:
#2: Stay cool with a dehumidifier.
A dehumidifier can lower energy costs because it helps your air
conditioner run more efficiently, but if you don't have air
conditioning working it can help you in many ways.

With a dehumidifier you can help kill the dry heat as you help
reduce allergens. Dehumidifiers reduce humidity level and
anyone who lives in a humid climate knows that this triggers
dust mites, mold and mildew along with seasonal allergies. Did
you know that mold allergies contribute to childhood asthma?

When you have a dehumidifier you can control the exact
percentage of humidity in your room and this helps eliminate
bacteria in the air that can make breathing difficult. It protects
your home from mold and mildew caused by excess moisture as

  • Tip for use of your dehumidifier: Run your portable
    dehumidifier on the other end of the room from where
    you've positioned the swamp cooler.
Make a swamp cooler with other materials:
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Cool your home without power
How to stay cool without electricity

Keep your cool (no electricity required)!
Keeping your cool in the summer heat takes a bit of planning if
you're doing it without electricity.

Below are ways to keep your home cool without electricity...

How to stay cool without electricity
Plan ahead, before disaster strikes, particularly if you live in
extremely arid or humid conditions ~ Florida and Arizona come
to mind. A hurricane could leave the power out for days, and a
blackout would be devastating for Arizona much of the year.

Here's how to stay cool in your home without electricity:

#1: Stay cool with a swamp cooler.
You can make your own swamp cooler (and below we have
three different ways you can do that!

Make a swamp cooler with a five-gallon bucket:
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