The weather is kicking into high gear for the summer months. And while I am not one to ever complain about the lack of snow, getting overheated is no fun either. If your budget needs as much relief from the heat as you do, try these simple ways to cool off and keep the air conditioner in hibernation a little bit longer.

1. Close the Curtains

In the rooms where the sun beats in the most, keep the blinds or curtains shut. This will keep the air inside from heating up. If there’s a nice breeze, however, do open the windows in the other rooms and take advantage of that.

2. Eat Fresh

Instead of turning on the oven and heating up the house, opt for a fresh salad for dinner or one of these easy and cool meals.

3. Eat Spicy

Spicy foods make you sweat. Sweat is your body’s way of cooling itself off. So add those hot peppers to your salad or order some spicy wings. Add some flavor and cool off – a win-win.

4. Spray Yourself

Get some spray bottles from the dollar store and fill them up with ice water. Leave ‘em around the house so you can give yourself a quick spray when you start getting too hot.

5. Get a Window Fan

Putting a fan in your window and running it at night will bring a lot of fresh cool air into your house. Then in the morning, shut the windows to trap that air in. During the day, you can also run the fan with a wet sheet or shirt hanging in front of it for the air to blow through.

6. Turn off The Electronics

All those plugged in devices around the house give off heat. Put them all together and things will really start to heat up. Unplug what you aren’t using and try not to use the dryer or dishwasher until the sun goes down.

7. Take a Cold Shower

This is a super easy way to cool down. Take a quick, cold shower and you will feel refreshed and invigorated no matter how hot it is.

Summer time: the living might be easy, but it’s also hot. Now you won’t have to worry about that either.