May 2016 marked the 13th consecutive month a monthly global temperature record was broken—the longest streak since those records began in 1880, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.
And here in the U.S., average temperatures are also at or near all-time highs. (Global warning: It’s probably a thing!)
You could crank your air conditioner to combat sweltering temps, but that means sky-high energy bills.
Plan B: Use these scientific hacks to stay cool this summer without touching the AC.
Turn off your AC and set a bowl of ice in front of your desk fan. This will cool you off in the same way, but for a fraction of the cost.
Your cheeks and the soles of your feet are packed with blood vessels that don’t contract in the presence of cold.
Apply an ice pack or a cool, damp cloth to these areas. You’ll lower your body temperature 50 percent more after 5 minutes than you would have by applying the same cold compresses to your neck and armpits, finds a Stanford University study.