Temperatures in Phoenix have begun their annual creep skyward. It’s routinely in the 80s and even 90s. One day last week we hit 100 at 11 a.m. Boo.
I went for my physical on Tuesday, and I couldn’t stop sweating the whole time — even after 30 minutes in the air-conditioned building. It probably didn’t help that I took a shower about 20 minutes before leaving, and Tim likes his showers hot.
As soon as I got home, I stripped down to my skivvies and turned on the ceiling fans in the dining and living rooms. I had cooled down within a couple of minutes. Despite our thermostat sitting at 80.
Which led me to think, how much energy could we save if we just didn’t get dressed most days?
Yes, I’m actually being serious. I’m going to see if I can keep the house a slightly higher temperature by wearing less. (Tim won’t exactly fight this.)
The thermostat has since been turned down to 78, our normal temp. But tomorrow I’ll try goosing it up to 79 and see if we notice a difference. If not, maybe we’ll shoot for 80 — especially if Tim decides to join me in the experiment.
We probably can’t get much past that, since sweat can exacerbate Tim’s eczema. But ya never know til ya try.
And hey, this’ll have some other frugal effects too.
For example, less wear and tear on clothing.
Why wear out your clothes if no one’s going to see them? I have around-the-house (aka scrub) clothes to keep my nicer (aka not embarrassed to be seen wearing in public) stuff intact.
Even so, I’ve worn the scrub clothes so often that most of them have holes. Mainly small. But one shirt’s hole is so bad that I keep accidentally putting my arm through it when putting the shirt on.
Eventually, I’ll need to buy new stuff, but… don’t wanna! Especially not while we’re trying to save as much money as possible.
Another benefit? Less laundry.
That’s an especially big deal for us. Tim no longer reuses towels. Since that’s the only thing that stopped the obscene number of MRSA outbreaks, it’s hard to argue that one. And his skin doesn’t like wearing clothes more than once. So between the two, we have a lot of laundry.
Fewer laundry loads means less water and electricity usage. Bam! Savings on two bills purely through inaction.
Also, I’ll get more enjoyment of my bras.
I buy from Victoria’s Secret. I’ve tried others, but VS bras fit the best while still looking nice. Even using sales/coupons, I paid $40-60 for all but one of my six bras. And it’s not like I even see them much.
This way, I (and, of course, Tim) get to actually admire where the money went.
To be clear, I understand that clothing-free isn’t an option for everyone. Those with roommates or children, for example.
But the rest of you… strip! (Just put down a sheet if you have leather. Trust me.)
What unusual ways do you use to stay cool? What’s your weirdest/silliest frugal tip for any aspect of life?
EDIT: Turns out there are health benefits too!