We’ve really been feeling the heat across the U.S. this summer! It’s hard to keep our sanity when kids are climbing the walls and the swimming pool water is hot! Here’s a quick list of things to do with your kiddos to BEAT THE HEAT! Also, a list from the Dept of Energy on ways to save money on your electric bill while combating the high temps!

When it’s too hot to go outside, entertain your kiddos with:

  • Board game day (get them out, play them all once)
  • Book a thon (get all books out in living room, sort and read)
  • Make cookies or brownies and share with neighbors
  • Watch old home videos
  • Try to spend a whole day not using any furniture (picnic for lunch, games on the floor)
  • Put up a small tent, or make one, in the dining room
  • If your children are young, invite other moms over to visit while your kids play indoors
  • Paint, play doh or crafts (use the entire table and let them make the biggest thing they can)

Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy. From the U. S. Department of Energy.

    • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
    • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
    • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
    • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
    • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
    • Take short showers instead of baths.
    • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
    • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.