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Staying cool in hot weather

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These tips can help you save on energy bills, improve your comfort in times of extreme heat, and even avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion in extreme weather - which may become more frequent due to climate change.


Planning well ahead gets the best results - prepare the home or office with passive solar design.

If the building is already built, apply passive solar renovations, which include some relatively easy changes:

Personal protection[edit]

  • Improve the efficiency of air conditioning by applying it to a smaller space. Curtains around a bed or across a large room can reduce the effective size.
  • When other measures are not enough, applying cold water or ice to areas where blood vessels approach the surface:
    • wrists
    • side of front of neck, under the jaw, where the carotid artery may be visible.
    • tops of feet if circulation is good.

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