The past two months have been full of sunshine and blazing hot heat, with the majority of the UK sweating in 30-degree temperatures. But with no end in sight, some of the previous joy has turned to misery, as we overheat on our daily commutes and burn during our breaks. So to make sure you can keep enjoying this unusually lovely weather, here are five sustainable tips to cool off in the heat this summer.
Pick a cool outfit
For a lot of us, it’s natural instinct to gravitate towards our usual black, grey and navy-blue attire for work, but in the summer sun, darker clothing absorbs light and heat while lighter colours reflect it. You may want to swap the darker shades for softer colours such as white, light blue or yellow. Wearing light cotton clothing, instead of polyesters, is also recommended, as cotton is breathable, so will let the heat out. You may even find it cool enough to prevent the use of fans; saving energy and reducing your bills too!
Get your green hat on and do a spot of gardening
By midday the office can sometimes feel more like a sauna, especially while we’re experiencing a heatwave. A great way to cool yourself down can actually be to get outside and do some gardening. The mud from plant pots are a great heat absorber. To get the best results, plant your flowers or trees around the outside of the building – you could even make it a lunch-time activity and get the whole team involved. Whilst you’ve got your trowels out, don’t forget to follow our top water saving tips for gardeners.
Drink lots of water!
Doctors’ orders say we should drink around eight glasses (approximately two litres) of water a day to stay hydrated and keep cool in the heat. We understand that sometimes this can be a struggle, so our top tip for being sustainable whilst motivating you to drink more, is to ditch the plastic bottles and use a reusable water bottle instead. By using a reusable water bottle, you can always have a water supply on the go. There’s no excuses for not consuming those 2 litres!
Keep the sun out and temperatures low
Another sustainable tip to keep the workplace at a comfortable temperature is to roll down the blinds and ditch the energy-guzzling fans. Think of the office windows making a greenhouse effect in the room. By closing the blinds you’ll stop the sun from beaming through the glass and as a result, you and your co-workers will be able to stay cool throughout the day.
Reduce the amount of electricity that you use
Ever touched your laptop after a hard day at work? Electrical items such as light bulbs, plugged in chargers and laptops that aren’t being used can often get unnecessarily hot, so it’s important to be more conscious as to how much electricity we’re consuming. By switching them off, it will reduce heat in the room, save electricity and could save you a few coins in the process.
As the warm weather continues, it’s important to make sure you’re being as water efficient as possible in case of a drought. For more advice on how to maintain water efficiency this summer, click here.