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How you can beat the Thompson-Okanagan heat wave without air conditioning

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June 27, 2021 - 10:30 AM

A heat warning is in effect across the Thompson-Okanagan region, as temperatures are expected to soar above 40 C.

“What we’ve experienced already is pretty impressive heat, of course, and there have been daily temperature records broken in the last few days,” said Armel Castellan, meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday will bring extreme heat, most likely shattering daily temperature records. High temperatures will continue into next week.

READ MORE: 'Dangerous long duration heatwave' on its way, Environment Canada warns

Rising temperatures can also mean rising energy bills too. B.C. Hydro and TenTree, an ethical clothing brand, have tips to stay cool without using the AC unit.

Keep windows and blinds closed during the day

When the temperature outside is warmer than inside, keep windows and blinds closed. Open them up later in the evening and early in the morning when outside temperatures are still relatively cool to help release the warm air from your home and bring cooler air in, according to B.C. Hydro.

Use a ceiling fan

A ceiling fan is a great option for cooling and is more energy-efficient than a portable fan or air conditioner; just ensure it's spinning in a counter-clockwise direction, which helps create a cooling air affect, according to the Crown corporation.

Cook outside

Barbequing is key to cooking during a heat wave. Cooking outdoors helps residents avoid the extra heat given off by your stove and oven. Eating cold foods and salads are other ways to stay cool this summer, according to B.C. Hydro.

Make your own AC

Making your own air conditioner isn’t too difficult. It’s as simple as putting a fan in front of a bowl of ice water. As it passes over the cool surface of the ice water, the air also cools down, which helps reduce the temperature of a room, according to TenTree.

To kick it up a notch, here's how you can create your own cheap air conditioner.

Drink more water

It’s easy to become dehydrated in the summer, so TenTree is reminding residents to drink water to help your body maintain healthy internal temperatures. Lots of sweat may require residents to replace their electrolytes with a beverage or powder. Sugar free options are easy to find.

Go for a swim

Going for a swim can definitely help cool you off on especially hot days. Most cities have public pools, and even some private pools and gyms have day passes that you can inexpensively purchase. Or hit up any one of the various lakes and rivers in the Thompson-Okanagan.

Unplug heat sources

Electronics and lighting can create excess heat. According to TenTree, 90% of the energy used in an incandescent light bulb is emitted as heat instead of light. Try to keep lights off during the day. Electronics also produce heat, even when not in use. It may be easier to consider using a power bar to shut off electronics when they're not in use.


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