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Here’s how to cool down your house, as well as some tips for cooling yourself.

1. Put a small pillow in the freezer an hour or two before you go to bed. Put a few plastic shopping bags over it to keep ice from forming on the fabric.

2. Drink water frequently. Your body will feel cooler if you are hydrated. Try drinking eight ounces of water at least every hour. Adding mint leaves, or orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing.

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3. Wear nothing. If you’re in a situation where you can go without clothes, this can be the most comfortable and natural way to stay cool.

4. Eat spicy food. It’s not a coincidence that many people in hotter regions of the world eat spicy food. Spicy (hot to the taste) food increases perspiration which cools the body as it evaporates. It also can cause an endorphin rush that is quite pleasant and might make you forget about the heat.

5. Avoid peak sunlight hours. Take a cue from people in extremely hot climates and avoid going out between 10 a.m. and 3p.m., when the sun’s rays are hottest. You’ll also avoid a sunburn this way.

6. Be sure to get up and close the windows and blinds as soon as the sunlight hits your house. This can be as early as 5 or 6 in the morning in some areas.

7. Don’t use the stove or oven to eat. Eat cold food, or use the microwave. Incandescent light bulbs also create heat – switch to compact fluorescents or LEDs. Turn off your lamps and your computer when you’re not using them. You should also turn off your TV since it gives off a lot of heat, as well as some plug-in power adapters.

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