Top tips to keep cool

Here are some tips to help you keep cool in this heatwave:drinking water

  • Drink water throughout the day but avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will dehydrate you
  • Shut blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day (12 noon to 3pm) to stop the heat getting in
  • Open windows (if safe) and internal doors as this will let the breeze flow through your home
  • Put on the fan, if you have one, if it gets too hot. But remember this will increase your energy bills
  • Turn off any appliances that you’re not using. Things like TVs or Sky boxes give off heat when they’re on standby
  • Have a lukewarm or cold shower before you go to bed. This will help lower your body temperature and you’ll sleep better
  • Wear light-coloured, loose clothes made from natural fibres, rather than man-made materials like nylon
  • If you’re sitting in the garden, wear sun cream, sunglasses and a hat, and (if you can) sit in the shade.

For more information on staying cool in summer contact sustainability@chg.org.uk