Humanity is frying! Us mortals living in equatorial countries like the Philippines are the most exposed to this truly intense heat which is getting really bad year after year.
I remembered my childhood days when I spent most of my summers in an island town somewhere in the Visayas where electricity at that time was practically still a dream of its townsfolk, potable water was collected from occasional summer rains and the most sophisticated lighting is a gas lamp.
Summer temperatures during those days weren’t this extreme and kids of yore go out into the streets to play hooky at high noon. At the end of the day and after an early dinner, we go to bed at 6:00 PM without the luxury of an electric fan. Yes, I have experienced the spartan life.
Now, the summer heat in this part of earth is so unbearable and is getting hotter still, that a lot more people are succumbing to heat stroke. We waste precious energy and water just to relieve ourselves from the sweltering heat.
How then can we survive summer and not worry about electricity and water bills while doing our share to preserve earth’s resources? How can we beat the heat without that wonderful thing we call AC? Without wasting water even if we take a bath three times a day?
Here then are some ridiculously creative but eco-friendly tips you might try for yourself, if you dare. They’re not that hard, really. Just try to imagine yourself marooned in an island.
To keep yourself cool without using electricity especially at night:
- Move like a sloth. It not only saves on human energy, it also lessens the probability of you sweating like a pig. If you really are in a hurry, run like the six million dollar man or bionic woman in slow motion.
- Sleep like a log…literally. Just lie there like a cadaver without moving an inch. If you can’t do it, learn the art of sleep-fanning (manually fanning yourself while sleeping). Done only when sleeping alone.
- If you sleep with someone, get as far away from that person beside you. The more body heat felt in that space, the more it will be uncomfortably hot for you. Abstain from any sexual relations even for only just a day.
- Before nightfall, memorize the layout of your house then turn off all lights. DON’T even think of using candles (they also emit heat and could contribute to even greater heat if handled carelessly). Since you are already moving like a sloth, groping in the dark would be easy as pie.
Extremely frugal water-saving tips:
- The one-pail bath method: Learn to allot your bath water utilizing the trusty water dipper or tabo. (Ex. 1-2 tabo of water for the preliminary rinse then the rest for the final wash). To really save up on bath water, go ahead and soap yourself up dry without the first buhos, then use just enough water for rinsing. Set aside saved water for others.
- The extreme one-pail bath method: Same process as the one above but with recycling additive. Stand on a batya (tub) while taking a bath. Water caught by the tub could be used later to flush the toilet or for watering your garden.
- For women with long hair – After washing hair, do not towel dry. Instead, drip excess water from hair onto a glass. Use later for rinsing when brushing teeth.
- For women with long hair (again) – Cut it. It not only saves you on bath water and shampoo, you’ll feel cooler and lighter. Don’t worry, it will grow back again in time for another haircut next summer.
- When thirsty, swallow your saliva every 20 seconds to save on precious drinking water (for better results, collect enough saliva in your mouth first before swallowing).
A note: These suggestions are just for fun. But if you want to take them seriously, I won’t stop you.