Eco-friendly ways to survive the heat wave

8 eco-friendly ways to survive the heat wave

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? What can I say, mine was H-O-T! We had a heat wave in Germany and there weren’t many things we were able to do apart from trying to keep cool. I’m not complaining though, I love that it’s finally summer around here! Since showering all day or blasting the (in our case non-existent) AC aren’t really eco-friendly or sustainable, here are my top tips how to keep cool and not put more pressure on our environment.

Surviving the heat wave

+ Have a cold foot bath! This is especially helpful if you are working/studying from home and  already have to sit at your desk.

+ Make home-made iced tea. One bag of mint and one bag of black tea in a bottle with cold water in the fridge for an hour: Perfect iced tea.

+ Take a trip to the library. Or Ikea. Or the grocery store. Anywhere it is cooool.

+ Resist drinking ice-cold beverages all of the time. Your body uses energy to warm these up to your body temperature so you will feel hotter despite drinking something cold. Same goes for the ice-cold shower.

+ Draw the blinds as soon as the sun comes around (and open everything up early in the morning when it’s still cool).

+ Live off watermelon and ice cream. Quite a good lifestyle even if there’s no heat wave, at least in my opinion.

+ Eat cold meals so you don’t need to use your oven or stove. Salads – 1,2,3, go!

+ And one more tip if you absolutely need to use the AC: Make it about 5 degrees colder than your surroundings, nothing more. So for example, if it’s 30 degrees outside, set your AC to 25 degrees. You will feel refreshed and don’t risk a cold that easily too!

These are my tips, what are yours? Any ideas how to keep cool in this weather?

Picture by Helena Rae/Newfound Press.


  • Nina
    July 7, 2015

    It’s SO hot in France right now! I can’t stand it! I spend my days locked in my house with all windows and curtains closed, and I open them at night so that some fresh air comes inside! I’m taking part in a raw challenge so this week I have raw luches and it’s so great to cook without heat! Also, I should try the feet bath tip!
    My bf and I think about investing in a fan, which is much more eco-friendly than AC (that we don’t have anyways!)

    • Hanna
      July 7, 2015

      Yes, that’s how I live at the moment as well, haha! Fans are lifesaver that’s true (my parents have one :). And I guess a raw challenge is the right idea for this weather!

  • Laila
    July 15, 2015

    Very handy tips for this heatwave hitting in Spain right now, I’m definitelly visiting more the library just for the cold. I’m familiarized with most of this tips since I have to do them on a daily basis, I don’t have AC in my home, so number 5 is daily habit.


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