Beat the Sun Tips

 

It’s officially summer, which means it’s time for some fun in the sun! Here are a few ways to protect you and your kids from the hot summer rays:

 

Use Sunscreen

UV rays can be harmful in all weather. It’s recommended to wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.  

 

Cover Up

Wear long-sleeved clothing for part of the time you spend in the sun. Don’t forget to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.  

 

Drink Enough Fluids

Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages. When we sweat, our bodies lose water and if we don’t replenish them, we become dehydrated and more prone to heat exhaustion.

 

Stay in the Shade
Seek shade, especially during midday hours when UV rays are most harmful.

 

Plan Ahead

If you’ll be outside most of the day, make sure to bring extra fluids and sunscreen. And if you feel like you may get too much sun, go inside or find a shady spot earlier rather than later.

 


 

Summer Energy-Saving Tips

When it heats up, many of use a lot of energy around the house. Here are a few simple tips on ways to save money this summer:

-Set your AC: It’s recommended to set your air conditioning thermostat to 78°F or higher when you're at home and to 85°F when you're away.

-Keep the sun out: Keep curtains, blinds and shades closed on sunny days. They can help keep the sun’s hot rays out of your home.

-Delay chores: Wait until cooler times of the day or night to do things that produce heat such as running the dishwasher, doing laundry, and even cooking.

-Use a fan: When you can, use a portable or ceiling fan instead of central air conditioning. Plus, open windows at night to let cool air inside your home.

-Check A/C filters: Clean or replace the filter in your central air conditioning to help it run more efficiently.