heat http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6405/all en-US 8 Alternative Ways to Cook Outside http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternative-ways-to-cook-outside <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-alternative-ways-to-cook-outside" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_bbq_000022968709.jpg" alt="Family finding alternative ways to cook outside" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here in Los Angeles, I have not stopped sweating in 250 days. My house lacks air conditioning, and every day spent in Los Angeles heat feels one step closer to the apocalypse. Unfortunately, I am a semi-professional cook, who makes a semi-living slaving over a fully hot stove&hellip; a hot stove that turns my already sauna-like home into a science experiment.</p> <p>Well, you know what they say: If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. So as a personal experiment, I have been road-testing alternative cooking methods all summer. Here are my eight favorite hacks for cooking hot food without heating up the house.</p> <h2>1. Grill Baby, Grill</h2> <p>Great news for the Patio Daddy-o in your life: the easiest way to keep the house cool in the heat is to cook outdoors. Although I live in a climate where Christmas backyard BBQs are common, I personally think that storing and maintaining a grill is kind of a pain in the butt. I don't have the space or the energy. Which is why I sold our very nice gas grill to my neighbor Patria. Not shockingly, I enjoy our former grill way more often, now that it's in Patria's backyard rather than my own. Since she cooks outside every other day, she has no problem lending me her already hot coals on weekends, as long as I bring snacks to share.</p> <p>Are you that vegetarian who loves the camaraderie of a backyard BBQ but doesn't want to share the same grill with carnivores? Whip out your purse-sized <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R66umlzucUQ">drink can BBQ</a> and start grilling that veggie dog! The meat eaters will be so impressed by your ingenuity they might forget to make the required, &quot;Meat is murder &mdash; yummy, yummy murder,&quot; joke that stopped being funny the first 437 times you heard it.</p> <h2>2. Slow-Cooking</h2> <p>Although most people associate slow cookers with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">winter comfort food</a>, my Crock-Pot is a summertime kitchen workhorse. In the past two weeks I have made over 300 jars of jam and pickles in preparation for my local elementary school fundraiser. This has involved standing over a pot of boiling water for 40 hours. This has made me slightly crazy. Luckily, I have my Crock-Pot to save my sanity. <a href="http://www.allfreeslowcookerrecipes.com/Other-Slow-Cooker-Recipes/Slow-Cooker-Jams-Recipes-for-Slow-Cooker-Jam-Making">Slow cooker jam recipes</a> make preserving my summer harvest much less sweaty, especially since I moved my Crock-Pot outside to the patio.</p> <h2>3. Veranda Toaster Oven</h2> <p>My mother, who comes from a large family of trailer park denizens, avoids heating up the house in the summertime by cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a toaster oven conveniently located on the veranda. Yeah. I know. Openly cooking on a dedicated porch appliance is <em>ratchet</em>, and signals to your neighbors at RV Village that the gas company has cut you off. However, it's also a genius kitchen hack. Why heat up the house if you don't have to?</p> <h2>4. Super Dog/Cat Stove</h2> <p>My husband is gleeful that he just saved $40 on a store bought camp stove by making his own ultra lightweight, alcohol cooker, using just a small metal can and a hole punch. My husband, an unapologetic cat gentleman, insists on referring to his homemade camp stove as <a href="http://jwbasecamp.com/Articles/SuperCat/">The Super Cat</a>, even though he used a dog food can&hellip; something I think is totally bogus. He argues that he can still call it The Super Cat since our cats helped him make the stove by eating the dog food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Whatever.</p> <p>Regardless of what kind of food tin you use for this project (and who eats the food), homemade alcohol stoves are a speedy and cheap way to heat water outside. For backpackers, they provide an extremely efficient and light-weight stove option, as the can weighs under a quarter of an ounce, and requires only two tablespoons of alcohol for fuel. Here's a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pajkt594Ruw&amp;feature=youtu.be">how-to video</a> of the standard Super Cat.</p> <p>After testing out his Super DOG Stove in Yosemite, my husband has decided to upgrade to the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XQVKLlLQjw">Super Duper Dog Stove</a> &mdash; which can be used in sub-zero weather &mdash; made out of a pet food can, a tomato paste can, and some carbon felt.</p> <h2>5. Car-B-Que</h2> <p>One of the main reasons why I resist selling my 1991 Volvo 240 is that it cooks like a champ. I have logged over 350,000 miles and countless meals on its engine. Cooking on your car's engine can be as easy as cramming a can of chili next to your turbo chargers (use a church key to create steam vents before cooking) or lashing a foil wrapped Langer's pastrami sandwich to the exhaust manifold with a coat hanger for a hot midnight snack&hellip; or you can be me and work up an elaborate lobster dinner from scratch. When it comes to car cooking, the world is your oyster, and you can <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=HegCAAAAMBAJ&amp;pg=PA22&amp;lpg=PA22&amp;dq=cooking+oysters+on+car+engine&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=IRcWsvz0mV&amp;sig=HVdssM6n2Ol4RpZyvWGvk_0Jw9U&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0CEoQ6AEwBmoVChMIzrTc38LHxwIV2CmICh0V7AwM#v=onepage&amp;q=cooking%20oysters%20on%20car%20engine&amp;f=false">cook that oyster</a> right on your engine too. It's heartening to know that I am not the only Wise Bread writer who subscribes to this delicious, alternative version of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">road food</a>.</p> <p>Speaking of car cooking, the hot car interior works brilliantly as a solar powered food dehydrator.</p> <h2>6. Solar Oven</h2> <p>Solar cooking is increasingly popular in the developing world as is allows people to safely cook food and pasteurize water with sunlight instead of more expensive fuels. Although it's still somewhat of a novelty in the United States, solar cooking is a great way to cut utility costs and reduce pollution.</p> <p>The great thing about solar cookers is that they can be made from materials already found in most people's homes (or that can be salvaged for next to nothing). In addition to being cheap to use and cheap to make, they are also relatively safe for use by children, which is why the <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sunny-science-build-a-pizza-box-solar-oven/">pizza box cookie oven</a> is a classic Girl Scout contraption.</p> <p>The three most common types of solar cookers are <a href="http://www.ethicurean.com/2007/08/14/solar-oven-1/">box cookers</a>, <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Parabolic-solar-oven/">parabolic cookers</a>, or combination or <a href="http://sunnycooker.webs.com/sunnycookerplan.htm">panel cookers</a>. There are literally hundreds of free designs for solar ovens available on the Internet, so do a little research to find the best model for your home. Note that the most expensive part in many DIY solar ovens is not actually the oven, but the covered pan, so keep your eyes peeled for inexpensive black casserole pans at the thrift store.</p> <h2>7. Wood Fired Cob Oven</h2> <p>Here is Los Angeles, owning a backyard pizza oven is a culinary status symbol. Luckily, you don't need Jamie Oliver's budget to own a wood fired oven. A traditional <a href="http://thecobovenproject.blogspot.com/">cob oven</a> can be built for less than $200. In addition to pizza, a cob oven is great for cooking anything you'd put in your regular electric or gas oven. Since wood fired stoves can reach temperatures of 800 degrees, food does cook much faster.</p> <p>The leading expert on building backyard cob ovens is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qiZgmh0BTU">Kiko Denzer</a>, who has written an entire book on the subject (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/096798467X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=096798467X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DMUBANU2VFURJZLJ">Build Your Own Earth Oven</a>). It's a comprehensive overview of cob oven construction. I recommend checking this book out from your library before literally digging into this project.</p> <p>Trash picked pallets are a great source of free wood fuel. However, be aware that scrap lumber can contain poisons such as arsenic. Pallets in the United States are marked with <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-determine-if-a-wood-pallet-is-safe-for-use/">IPPC stamps</a>, so it's easy to see which pallets are heat treated (and are safe to burn), and which pallets contain methyl bromide, a broad spectrum pesticide. Check before you burn.</p> <h2>8. Microwave</h2> <p>Full disclosure: I don't own a microwave. But for the 90% of Americans who own a microwave, summer is the time to defrost and eat everything that's been hiding in the back of your freezer.</p> <p><em>Do you cook in hot weather? What's your favorite way to avoid kitchen heat?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternative-ways-to-cook-outside">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Don't let it. There are plenty of exercises you can complete without breaking more of a sweat than necessary. Here are a few of our favorites that you can do in the comfort of your air-conditioned living room. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-get-more-exercise-without-working-out?ref=seealso">6 Simple Ways to Get More Exercise Without Working Out</a>)</p> <h2>1. Sprinter</h2> <p>Too muggy to run? Try working on your strength and stability instead. This <a href="http://darebee.com/running/sprinter-workout.html">sprinter workout</a> gets all the major areas, all while helping you increase your speed. You'll complete a series of jump squats, speed climbers, knee-tucks, jumps, skips, and bounds.</p> <h2>2. Jumper</h2> <p>An <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LGXE5NS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LGXE5NS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YS4JS2ZYLEJQRKO5">inexpensive jump rope</a> can surely get your blood pumping, including double foot jumps, boxers, skiers, and more. You'll feel this workout in your legs, arms, core, chest, and behind!</p> <h2>3. Stair Climber</h2> <p>If you have a flight of stairs (preferably without carpeting), you can do this awesome <a href="http://www.healthybalancefitness.com.au/2013/04/home-workout-stair-cardio-leg-blitz/">stair workout challenge</a>. Run up the stairs, do some ladder repeats, and then sprint.</p> <h2>4. Hula-Hooper</h2> <p>The hula-hoop is yet another fun summer toy turned exercise device. Try this fun <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/health/fitness-exercise/workouts/hula-hoop-exercise/the-routine-1">hula-hoop routine</a> when you want to target your core. You'll move side to side, front to back, bump, and even orbit. Really like this workout? Consider getting a special <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00309XR44/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00309XR44&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PJEGB7ZM7XRYWTZ3">weighted hoop</a> for more challenge.</p> <h2>5. Deep Cleaner</h2> <p>When all else fails, clean your house and turn it into a major exercise session. Lift heavy loads of laundry, bound up staircases, do lunges as you vacuum the living room. Blast some music, scrub all those hard-to-reach places, and finish with a nice, cool shower.</p> <h2>Safer Outdoor Workouts</h2> <p>If you don't want to break your normal routine, a few modifications can make your workouts safer and more comfortable. First and foremost, watch yourself for signs of dehydration. These can include headache, dizziness, thirst, and confusion. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-get-you-drinking-more-water?ref=seealso">10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water</a>)</p> <h3>Mind the Time</h3> <p>Try exercising in the early morning or late evening hours when the sun is lowest in the sky. You'll also minimize your exposure to harmful UVA/UVB rays this way.</p> <h3>Drink Water</h3> <p>You'll want to drink water before, during, and after your workouts to avoid dehydration. If you don't like carrying a water bottle with you, try finding parks or routes that pass by water fountains. You can even stop into public buildings, like libraries or hospitals, to grab a sip.</p> <h3>Go Short</h3> <p>When the weather is overwhelming, try doing a couple quick, short workouts versus a longer one. Studies show that <a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/jphysiol.2011.224725/full">short bursts of intense activity</a> throughout the day can have some major physiological benefits.</p> <h3>Take a Dip</h3> <p>Mix up your routine by swimming, paddling, or otherwise exercising in the water. You'll still need to mind your hydration and sun exposure, but you'll keep your cool. Water also provides lots of great resistance without impact.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to exercise this summer without melting?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-work-out-when-its-hot-outside">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-improve-your-home-gym">10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Home Gym</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-great-workout-for-free-with-11-simple-moves">Get a Great Workout for Free With 11 Simple Moves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cheap-home-workout-hacks-for-people-with-no-equipment-and-no-room">12 Cheap Home Workout Hacks for People With No Equipment and No Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-easy-ways-to-save-on-your-gym-membership">13 Easy Ways to Save on Your Gym Membership</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty exercise fitness heat summer working out Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:00:15 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1518256 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Beauty Tips and Hacks for Summer http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_at_beach_000032786684.jpg" alt="Woman using beauty tips and hacks for summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the weather heats up, your beauty routine might need a few tweaks to continue working for you. Hot temperatures and higher humidity, as well as fun summer activities, can affect your skin, hair, and body. Check out these beauty tips and hacks for the summer.</p> <h2>1. Double Cleanse</h2> <p>The sweat, salt, and sunscreen that accumulate on your skin in the summer can wreak havoc on your complexion. You may need to up your cleansing game in order to keep pores clean. If you haven't tried double cleansing yet, now's a great time to start. In the evening only, cleanse first with an oil-based cleanser (like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000WN6N56/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000WN6N56&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JYULARUFJMWX5SE7">Clinique's Take the Day Off Balm</a>), and then with a gentle gel or foam cleanser (try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I4BUV06/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00I4BUV06&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LN4P4J2K6IALEVH7">Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Cleanser</a>). The oil cleanser will get the gunk out of your pores, and the second cleanser will remove any remaining oil or grime, making your face a fresh canvas for moisturizing.</p> <h2>2. Exfoliate and Moisturize Your Body</h2> <p>With swimsuit weather upon us, you want all that visible skin to be smooth and flawless, right? Once a week, try using a sugar body scrub or an exfoliating cloth (try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CSDDDG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000CSDDDG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FG3M3VSR55ZEOZRF">Salux cloths</a> for a cheap but effective option), and be sure to moisturize afterwards.</p> <p>For super soft skin, try first slathering on an aloe gel (put it in the fridge first for a refreshing boost), and then a layer of body lotion or cream, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V9SXXU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001V9SXXU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W4V4ERHMDPE7LXHX">Cerave Moisturizing Cream</a>. Farewell, alligator skin!</p> <h2>3. Protect Yourself From the Sun</h2> <p>You know you should be wearing sunscreen daily during the summer, especially since the sun's rays account for <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2467385/Suns-UV-rays-account-80-cent-skin-wrinkles-ageing.html">80% of wrinkles and visible aging</a>, but did you know that you should be reapplying every two hours? The active ingredients in sunscreens break down with sun exposure, or can get rubbed or sweated off, so be sure to slather it on frequently. Also, with the UV index being so much higher in the summer, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.</p> <p>It can be a pain to reapply sunscreen, especially if you're also wearing makeup. Consider wearing a tinted sunscreen instead, like <a href="http://www.target.com/p/bare-republic-mineral-tinted-face-sunscreen-lotion-spf-30-1-7-oz/-/A-16576944">Bare Republic Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O7IBUW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003O7IBUW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GCJEXUKHHEXZ26TO">Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream With Sunscreen</a>, to make reapplying easier.</p> <h2>4. Check Your Sunscreen's Expiration Date</h2> <p>My husband recently went surfing and used an old sunscreen that his friend had found in a closet somewhere. Who knows how old it was. Although he slathered it on and waited the appropriate time before going in the water, he still got bright red within less than two hours. The compounds in sunscreens break down over time, especially in heat and light, so be sure you're using a fresh bottle.</p> <h2>5. Cool Down With a Mist</h2> <p>One of my favorite ways to refresh and cool down during the summer is to spritz myself with a fine facial mist. It not only cools me down, it also delivers extra moisture to my dehydrated skin .</p> <p>To control oil in the middle of the day without disturbing your makeup, try spraying your face with a facial mist (like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00097HRJG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00097HRJG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DEANUYWR7CCAT6MJ">Caudalie Grape Water</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011W2JAR8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B011W2JAR8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=G2IFEWC4G3MKXFPD">First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist</a>), and then blotting gently with oil blotting paper.</p> <h2>6. Protect Your Hair Before Swimming</h2> <p>Chlorine can do a number on your hair, leaving it dry, stripped, and lifeless. Protect your hair before going in the pool by massaging leave-in conditioner or a natural oil into your hair (coconut oil works well and is cheap). This will repel the water and prevent your hair from getting dried out. If you don't have time to prep your hair, wetting your locks in the shower and tying up your hair before going in the pool will help it to absorb fewer chemicals. Be sure to shampoo your hair after swimming to remove the chlorine.</p> <h2>7. Switch to a Gel Moisturizer</h2> <p>Warmer temperatures day and night mean that you might not need a heavy moisturizer during the summer. If your usual cream is making your skin feel greasy or weighed down, try switching to a lightweight gel moisturizer such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NR1YQK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00NR1YQK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KU5H5NI6JBGVRQNN">Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel</a>. Don't skip the moisturizer entirely, though &mdash; that's a surefire way to dehydrate your skin.</p> <h2>8. Drink Lots of Water</h2> <p>It goes without saying that you should be drinking lots of water during the hot weather, but an added side benefit of staying hydrated is that your skin will stay brighter and more glowy. Keep a bottle of water handy for on-the-go hydration &mdash; for the sake of both your skin and your health.</p> <h2>9. Switch to Cream Blush and Waterproof Eyeliner</h2> <p>Powder blushes wear off quickly when you're swimming and sweating, so in the summer, consider switching to a cream blush, which have better staying power. Plus, who wants to fuss with a compact and brush when you're having fun in the sun? Apply cream blush with your fingertips, blend, and go!</p> <p>Similarly, you may have to switch your eyeliner to a waterproof formula to prevent it from sliding off your lids. Be sure you have a good eye makeup remover to take it off without scrubbing.</p> <h2>10. Wear a Big Hat</h2> <p>Even the best of us forget to reapply sunscreen, so your next line of defense is a wide-brimmed hat (preferably a crushable one that you can throw into your beach tote). Not only does sun damage cause skin cancer and the majority of visible aging, but it can also cause discoloration and uneven skin tone (and I'm talking about big sun spots, not just cute little freckles). Wear a hat during the hottest part of the day, and your skin will thank you many years down the road.</p> <h2>11. Fake a Tan</h2> <p>With the sunscreen and big hats that you'll be wearing, how will you get that sun-kissed glow? Well, chances are you'll still tan slightly even while wearing sunscreen, but if you want an even, more bronzed look, self-tanner and bronzer are ways to deepen the color of your skin without damaging it or increasing your risk of skin cancer.</p> <h2>12. Invest in Makeup Removing Wipes</h2> <p>Late nights and fireside chats on the beach may end with you falling into bed without washing your face. Minimize the damage by using a makeup removing wipe before bed (keep them on your bedside table, so you'll have no excuse). Bonus if you also keep a moisturizer by your bed to use after you wipe.</p> <h2>13. Lay Off the Acids and Retinoids</h2> <p>AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) such as glycolic acid can make your skin more photosensitive, as can retinol, an ingredient commonly used in anti-aging products. They can exacerbate hyperpigmentation, melasma, and skin discoloration caused by the sun, and can cause you to burn more easily. Check your products for these ingredients and use them only at night, if at all. If you do use them (even only at night), be sure to wear a good facial sunscreen during the day, as AHAs and retinoids can be photosensitizing up to a week after you use them.</p> <h2>14. Shampoo Less Frequently</h2> <p>Shampooing frequently can strip your hair of its natural oils. When combined with UV damage, chlorine, and other environmental stressors, it's a recipe for straw-dry hair. You can go longer between shampoos if you use a dry shampoo to absorb the excess oil. You can also rinse your hair with warm water between shampoos to rinse away excess dirt and grease without fully stripping your hair.</p> <p>When you do shampoo, use a gentle sulfate-free shampoo that won't be as drying and stripping as harsher shampoos (I actually shampoo my hair with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YMJJSK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YMJJSK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JZCOG57U5COF7YCI">Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser</a>, a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser meant for the face, which sounds crazy, but my hair has never been healthier and most importantly, my scalp doesn't itch).</p> <h2>15. Avoid Silicone Hair Products</h2> <p>Many hair products, from conditioners to styling products, contain silicone, which coats the strands of hair giving them a temporary smoothing effect. The problem is, silicone also prevents hydrating products from penetrating your hair, leading to dryness. They also attract dirt and make your hair feel greasy, and require a strong shampoo to remove.</p> <p>Consider giving your hair a break by using a silicone-free conditioner. I like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FVSBOE2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FVSBOE2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Q2XUH6HQA2IN6EL4">Honest Co. Conditioner</a>, which contains natural oils and makes my hair super soft without weighing it down. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0097OXE4O/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0097OXE4O&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LXUH24B4I6SBH7UN">Shea Moisture</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IJKV8C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002IJKV8C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=W2WMT6S3UAGH7MAP">Living Proof</a> conditioners are also silicone free.</p> <h2>16. Use a Primer</h2> <p>Summer is prime time (har har) to use a primer that will keep your makeup from sliding off your face. It will also help to fill in pores and fine lines so you can get that flawless look without having to pile on the makeup. I'm personally partial to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AJYOT0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004AJYOT0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Y6TOJ466FQ5C7IGW">Smashbox Photo Finish Primer</a>.</p> <h2>17. Skip the Foundation</h2> <p>The last thing you want to worry about during summer R&amp;R is a thick layer of foundation dripping off your face. Lighten up your makeup by using a BB cream, (I like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WO9EDY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004WO9EDY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XACSMZQJRU6ZJM6X">Dr. Jart+ Premium</a>) which combines moisturizer, SPF, and a light foundation in one. If you want to go even lighter, CC creams are designed to even out your complexion without weighing down your skin (try <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JLCSI8E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JLCSI8E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7G5ZUDA6Y57F5LDP">Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream</a> in your correct shade). You can also use a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen for a bit of coverage, or go bare-faced with just touches of concealer and blush.</p> <h2>18. Cool Down With DIY Beauty Treatments</h2> <p>Try a yogurt/honey face mask to soothe a sunburn: blend together half a cup each of whole milk yogurt and honey and slather all over your face. Put your tub of aloe gel in the fridge so it will be nice and cold when you need it. Slice a cool cucumber into rounds and place them on your skin (especially your eyes). Rinse your face with brewed and cooled camomile or green tea to refresh and calm your skin. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work?ref=seealso">7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you change your beauty routine for the summer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-dandruff-shampoos">The 5 Best Dandruff Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-ways-to-save-on-common-beauty-buys">12 Easy Ways to Save on Common Beauty Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-and-dirty-skin-care-for-men-how-grandpa-used-to-do-it">Quick and Dirty Skin Care for Men: How Grandpa Used to Do It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-beauty-be-this-basic">Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year">22 Cheap Ways to Keep Cool During the Hottest Month of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty cosmetics hair care heat outdoors skin care summer sun Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:19 +0000 Camilla Cheung 1514274 at http://www.wisebread.com 22 Cheap Ways to Keep Cool During the Hottest Month of the Year http://www.wisebread.com/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_summer_drive_000061858874.jpg" alt="Friends finding cheap ways to keep cool during summer months" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the mercury rises, employ these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">cheap cooling tactics</a> to effectively beat the heat.</p> <h2>1. Black Out Your Home Windows</h2> <p>First semester of my freshman year of college, I only had two days of classes. Yep, my full schedule was packed into Tuesdays and Thursdays, which left me with five days a week to get recreationally stupid. As a result of my nocturnal lifestyle, I had to black out my windows with sheets to keep out the sunlight so I could get a good day's sleep. In turn, the room always stayed cool enough for my liking despite not having an air conditioner in the room.</p> <h2>2. Plan River, Lake, or Beach Activities</h2> <p>One of my favorite summertime activities is river tubing. Pack a cooler full of drinks and snacks, charge the waterproof music player, and laze on an inner tube as you float down the river. In lieu of tubes, which, if you don't already have them or the ability to rent them on the cheap, can be pricey to purchase, just hang out in the river without mobile accessories. I did this once on the James River in Richmond and had a blast.</p> <h2>3. Put Washcloths in the Cooler</h2> <p>A friend of mine who used to play softball in the summer said that her team would put washcloths in the cooler with the ice and drinks, and pull them out between innings to place on their necks, faces, and wrists.</p> <h2>4. Carry a Personal Mister</h2> <p>You can fill a simple spray bottle with water to squirt on yourself from time to time, but since this is the future I prefer the battery or solar-operated fan misters that do all that exhausting work for me.</p> <h2>5. Eat a Frozen Treat</h2> <p>Take your pick from popsicles, snow cones, shave ice, and other flavored frozen-water treats to cool down. If you're from Baltimore (like I am), you already know that a snowball (preferably with marshmallow on top) will do the trick, and the rest of you should be so lucky.</p> <h2>6. See a Discount Movie</h2> <p>If it's a scorcher outside, see what's playing at your local discount theater. Or, if you go early enough in the day, you can catch a cheap matinee at a first-run theater. In fact, some theaters are so cold that I have to bring a blanket to find my comfort zone. Smuggle in some snacks and enjoy a couple hours of inexpensive entertainment.</p> <h2>7. Sleep With Ice Packs in Your Bed</h2> <p>I had never heard of this tactic before one of my friends said her husband takes ice packs to bed with him when it's too warm at night. After additional research, I found that it's actually not that uncommon. Place the packs in your pillowcase and under the sheets to avoid frostbite from prolonged contact with bare skin.</p> <h2>8. Spend Time at the Gym</h2> <p>You don't have to kill yourself at the gym on sweltering sunny day. Instead, put that membership to good use while enjoying a light workout and the air conditioning.</p> <h2>9. Go Ice Skating</h2> <p>Ice skating isn't just a winter activity. Rinks are quite popular during the summer, especially for those with kids. You'll need to rent skates unless you already have them, but you can generally enjoy this activity for under $15.</p> <h2>10. Put Your Underwear in the Freezer</h2> <p>Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe a la <em>The Seven Year Itch</em> and put your skivvies in the deep freeze before slipping them on.</p> <h2>11. Drape a Wet Towel Over a Fan</h2> <p>Otherwise known as a &quot;swamp cooler&quot; as one of my friends calls it, this method helps blow cool air around the room via evaporated water. An oldie but a goodie.</p> <h2>12. Take a Dip in a Pool</h2> <p>Obviously a no-brainer. If you don't have access to a pool via friends or family, pick up a kiddie version at a nearby discount store or use your area's public or hotel pools. I prefer the latter for an afternoon of maxin' <em>and</em> relaxin'.</p> <h2>13. Read Books and Magazines at the Library</h2> <p>So many of us get most of our information online that we've all but forgotten our public libraries. But on a hot day, it's helpful to remember that it contains hours of entertainment &mdash; as well as free air conditioning.</p> <h2>14. Douse Yourself With Cold Water</h2> <p>A cold shower, a spray with the hose, or a bucket of ice water over your head &mdash; however you want to get frigid in a flash is up to you.</p> <h2>15. Keep Beauty Products in the Fridge</h2> <p>A couple friends mentioned this tip when I asked for ways they cool down on hot days. Beauty items to consider putting in the fridge include cold cream, toner, eye drops, aftershave, and perfume and cologne.</p> <h2>16. Add Peppermint Oil to Your Shampoo</h2> <p>I totally love shampoos that contain some kind of mint oil. It makes my head feel cool and refreshed, which is particular invigorating on a sweaty day.</p> <h2>17. Play Backyard Water Games</h2> <p>Act like a kid again with a slip-and-slide, sprinkler set up, water gun battle, or water balloon fight.</p> <h2>18. Hang Out at Home Naked</h2> <p>So long as you're not offending anyone else, it's your undeniable American right to chill out in the buff if that's how you like it.</p> <h2>19. Create a Cross-Breeze at Home</h2> <p>Open windows on both ends of the house to ensure a nice cross-breeze is flowing to speed up the cooling process.</p> <h2>20. Take Advantage of Natural Light</h2> <p>It may not seem like much, but your lights are contributing to the heat in your home in the summer. Flip the switch and use the natural light from outdoors until the sun goes down.</p> <h2>21. Sprinkle Talcum or Baby Powder on Your Sheets</h2> <p>Not only will these powders help cool the body and absorb the sweat, but they'll make your sheets smell nice too.</p> <h2>22. Stock the Fridge With Fresh Produce</h2> <p>We tend to eat more fresh, raw produce in the summer because it gives us a feeling of cooling down when consumed. Personally I love watermelon, in particular, but oranges and sugar snap peas also are high on my list. Stock your fridge with what you like to beat the heat and stay healthy.</p> <p><em>What cheap ways do you cool down in the summer? Tell me some of your tips in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-cheap-ways-to-keep-cool-during-the-hottest-month-of-the-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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For most, the arrival of this season marks the start of sweltering-hot weather. Not all of us can install expensive cooling systems in our homes, so here are a couple ways to beat the heat on the cheap.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Summer-DIYs-35115147">Get Crafty This Summer With 26 Simple DIYs</a></p> <h2>1. Cool Treats</h2> <p>Keep cool in the summer by indulging in icy treats and cold drinks. Indulging in an ice pop or cool beverage will help you feel cooler. FitSugar recommends some delicious <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Healthy-Alternatives-Ice-Cream-17203752">ice-cream alternatives</a> that will keep you cool and healthy!</p> <h2>2. DIY Air Conditioner</h2> <p>So you don't have an AC at home but you really want one. Did you know you could <a href="http://www.casasugar.com/DIY">DIY</a> your own for just $8? All you need is a styrofoam box, dryer vents, some ice, and a fan! Here are <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Homemade-Air-Conditioner-34873788">the instructions</a>.</p> <h2>3. Wear Light Clothing</h2> <p>It's time to start packing your thick clothing and bring out clothes that fit loosely and are made of thinner and lighter material. Make sure what you're wearing is of a lighter hue so you'll be absorbing less sunlight.</p> <h2>4. Get a Thinner Blanket</h2> <p>Even though your fancy comforter matches the look of your bedroom perfectly,it's time to pack it away and get a lighter blanket that won't cause you to wake up in a sweat at night.</p> <h2>5. Purchase a Floor Fan</h2> <p>Fans are a cheaper alternative to pricey air-conditioning units. If you can't install ceiling fans in your home, check out floor fans that <a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLasko-3520-Cyclone-Pivoting-Floor%2Fdp%2FB000VZRUIO%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1338580525%26sr%3D8-1">start around $30</a> on Amazon.</p> <h2>6. Revise Your Summer 'Do</h2> <p>Cut your hair shorter or tie it up during those hot Summer days so that your hair isn't trapping the heat by your neck.</p> <h2>7. Open the Windows at Night</h2> <p>Circulate cool air at night by leaving your windows open. Avoid opening your windows during the day because you might be letting in warmer air, which may heat up your home.</p> <h2>8. Spray Down Walls and Roof</h2> <p>Spraying the walls and roof of your house with water can keep your home cool by cooling down the heated surfaces.</p> <h2>9. Keep Shades Closed If There's Sun</h2> <p>Keep your blinds or curtains closed if there's sun shining through. Pick blinds and curtains that are of a lighter color so they're reflecting heat and not absorbing it.</p> <h2>10. Reduce Use of Appliances</h2> <p>Using appliances like an oven or stove can heat up your home, so try to ease up on your use. Unplug appliances when not in use because they may be emitting heat.</p> <h2>11. Insulation</h2> <p>Better insulation not only keeps the heat in during the winter, but it also keeps the heat out during the summer &mdash; a win-win situation.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Summer&#039;s not over yet and there&#039;s still plenty of hot days to get through before Fall arrives. Stay cool with these simple, frugal ways to chill from POPSUGAR. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Free-Things-Do-Outside-House-35172780">Get Off the Couch! 99 Free Things to Do Outside the Home</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Things-You-Forget-Do-Before-Leaving-Vacation-35113991">14 Things You Forget to Do Before Leaving For Vacation</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Natural-Bug-Repellents-30974095">Stay Bug-Free This Summer With These 9 Natural Solutions</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-affordable-ways-to-stay-cool-in-the-summer-heat">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-summer-party-ideas-that-wont-break-the-bank">6 Summer Party Ideas That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-portable-fans">The 5 Best Portable Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-places-to-go-to-beat-the-summer-heat">9 Places to Go to Beat the Summer Heat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/60-halloween-costume-ideas-that-can-save-you-money-and-time">60+ Halloween Costume Ideas That Can Save You Money and Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips cheap heat staying cool summer Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:00:08 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1167639 at http://www.wisebread.com As the Wood Burns: The Top 3 BioMass Heating Sources Revealed http://www.wisebread.com/as-the-wood-burns-the-top-3-biomass-heating-sources-revealed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/as-the-wood-burns-the-top-3-biomass-heating-sources-revealed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wood stove.jpg" alt="fire" title="fire" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"> <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2007/10/09/news/economy/heating/index.htm">CNN predicted</a> a 22% increase in the cost of heating oil this year.<span> </span>Boston was named by Forbes.com as this year’s “<a href="http://www.forbes.com/2007/10/22/heating-expensive-cities-forbeslife-cx_mw_1022realestate.html">Most Expensive Place to Heat a Home.</a>”<span> </span>Everywhere you look, there’s just more bad news on how expensive it will be to heat your home, and frustrated homeowners are turning to alternative heating fuels to help ease the burden of their heating bills.<span> </span>As we look to reduce our independence on fossil fuels and save money at the same time, biomass fuel is appearing more commonly in commercial markets everywhere.<span> </span>Here are the top three uses, and how they have worked for our family: </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wood</strong> – We switched over to all-wood heat this year.<span> </span>Nothing compares to the dry, hot heat that wood produces! Using the same metal wood stove that my dad built when I was just a tot, we have been cutting lumber from our grove and filling the fires every 4-5 hours for optimal warmth.<span> </span>The only cost to us is the gas for our chainsaw and the electricity to run a furnace fan throughout our old farm house.<span> </span>Updates have been made to the chimney lining to ensure safety, but otherwise it has been a very low-cost heating solution!<span> </span>(For directions on how to make your own wood-burning stove for under $35, <a href="http://www.motherearthnews.com/DIY/1978-01-01/The-Amazing-500-Wood-Burning-Stove-That-You-Can-Build-for-35-Or-Less.aspx">read this article from Mother Earth News</a>, circa 1978.) </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Wood Pellets</strong> – These tiny pellets are made from leftover wood residue and saw dust from manufacturing sites.<span> </span>They burn hotter and cleaner than traditional wood logs, due to their compressed size.<span> </span>They can be burned in a traditional wood stove, fireplace, or a specially-made pellet stove.<span> </span>We burned wood pellets for the previous three years in our pellet/corn stove, and had great results.<span> </span>They can be purchased from a local fireplace supply or farm and feed store in bulk for lower prices than if purchased one bag at a time.<span> </span>(For updates on the availability of wood pellets nationally, <a href="http://www.pelletheat.org/3/residential/fuelAvailability.cfm">check here</a>.)</p> <p class="answer"><strong>Corn</strong> – This was a great heating alternative in year’s past, due to the location of where we lived and the fact that our family farms.<span> </span>This year, however, the price of corn has risen considerably, making it a poor choice for saving money.<span> </span>Assuming that the price of corn may drop again in the future, a corn stove still may be a good way to heat a home. Corn heat compares well with other fuels; One Bushel of corn has as many BTU&#39;s as 5 therms of natural gas, 5 gallons of LP, 3.2 gallons of fuel oil, or 131 kilowatt hours of electricity. Many corn stoves also burn wood pellets, so they can be used with the cheapest fuel for the year.<span> </span>For the best information on burning corn, see <a href="http://www.iburncorn.com/">I Burn Corn</a>’s website. (Note: We use a stove very similar to this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CD34US?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;link_code=as3&amp;camp=211189&amp;creative=373489&amp;creativeASIN=B000CD34US">American Harvest model</a>, which burns soybeans, cherry and olive pits, processed silage, and biomass fuel grains.) </p> <p class="MsoNormal">As technology advances, other forms of biomass fuels will become readily available in the U.S. market.<span> </span>Garbage, animal waste, grasses and leaves may all someday be available in an easy-to-burn form for all kinds of residential heating systems.<span> </span>Accepting biomass into our daily lives may take a little more work and preparation, but the rewards are great -- both in savings and freedom! </p> <p>(Note:<span> </span>For a comparison of the cost of biomass fuels with other traditional fuels, <a href="http://www.allbasics.com/residential_fuel_cost_comparisons.htm">see this chart</a>.)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/as-the-wood-burns-the-top-3-biomass-heating-sources-revealed">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Some nights, even standing in front of the grill flipping burgers sounds like a bit too much warmth for comfort. </p> <p>For those nights, here are some of my favorite no-cook soups that satisfy without the sweat. These recipes serve 4, so double if feeding a larger group.</p> <h4>Cold Cucumber Dill Soup</h4> <p>The great thing about this recipe is you can pretty much substitute any other fruit/veggie in for the cucumber. Avocados are another popular choice for this soup.</p> <ul> <li>2 English cucumber (chopped into several pieces), or 2 conventional cucumbers (peeled and seeded)</li> <li>1/4 clove garlic, or a very small garlic clove</li> <li>8 oz plain whole milk yogurt</li> <li>dill (if fresh, several fronds, if dry, 1 tablespoon)</li> <li>mint (if fresh, several sprigs, if dry 1 tablespoon)</li> <li>1/4 cup chilled gin or vodka (optional)</li> <li>salt and pepper to taste</li> </ul> <p>Put all ingredients in blender or food process and puree. Add water as needed until desired consistency is achieved. Add salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with chopped chives or green onion. Chill for 20 minutes before serving.</p> <h4>Gazpacho</h4> <ul> <li>between 5-8 fresh tomatoes (you will have to decide how many are needed based on size - feel free to use a wide variety of tomato types, as heirloom varieties are particularly good for this soup)</li> <li>small can of spicy V-8 juice</li> <li>roasted red bell peppers, chopped (optional)</li> <li>English cucumber, chopped (optional)</li> <li>1/2 onion, chopped</li> <li>fresh parsley, chopped</li> <li>green onions or chives</li> <li>1 tablespoon olive oil</li> <li>lemon juice to taste</li> <li>salt and pepper, to taste</li> <li>1 tablespoon Worchester sauce (optional - leave out for vegetarian option)</li> <li>tabasco, to taste</li> <li>pinch dried ground chipotle</li> </ul> <p>My mother likes her gazpacho chunky, whereas I love mine smooth and blended. For chunky, chop all choppable ingredients finely. For smooth soup, add ingredients to blender and puree until smooth. Place all ingredients to a large glass or plastic bowl and mix well added seasonings as needed, then refrigerate for a couple of hours. </p> <p>Gazpacho is even better the next day. Top each bowl with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche and ground black pepper, and eat with lots of fresh French bread.</p> <h4>Cold Melon Soup</h4> <p>For some reason, one of the cooks in my college cafeteria had a real fondness for cold soup. It was a novelty to me, but once I tried it, I was impressed.</p> <ul> <li>chopped, peeled, and seeded ripe honeydew melon or cantaloupe</li> <li>8 oz yogurt, either plain or flavored</li> <li>lemon juice, to taste</li> <li>pinch of salt</li> <li>5 oz sparkling white wine (or 3 oz white wine and 3 oz sparkling mineral water)</li> </ul> <p>Put everything but the sparkling wine or soda into a blender and puree until smooth. Chill for at least 1 hour. Add sparkling wine right before serving.</p> <h4>Also: Cracker Sandwiches</h4> <p>Here&#39;s a frugal habit that more people need to pick up.</p> <p>My dad is a really good sandwich maker. This is not to say that he could get a job at a New York deli, for his has no penchant for piling rye high with cold cuts. Rather, he is really good at using whatever leftovers we have in the fridge to make open-face sandwiches that always have the rest of us drooling.</p> <p>One of the reasons that my mother never had to make casseroles was because Dad pretty much ate all the leftovers for lunch. Dad&#39;s Leftover Sandwiches are always a hit, and here are some of the combos that we like the best:</p> <ul> <li>chunks of cold salmon</li> <li>fresh chopped dill</li> <li>lemon juice</li> <li>sour cream</li> <li>cracked black pepper</li> <li>capers</li> </ul> <ul> <li>sliced beef, lamb or pork (cooked but chilled)</li> <li>fresh sliced tomato</li> <li>sliced cheddar or other sharp cheese</li> <li>thinly sliced dill pickles</li> <li>mayo</li> <li>mustard</li> <li>cracked black pepper and salt</li> </ul> <ul> <li>cold chicken, shredded</li> <li>cream cheese, with a pinch of chipotle mixed in</li> <li>salt, to taste</li> <li>sliced apple</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-the-heat-with-cool-summer-meals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/growing-my-own-food-in-my-apartment">Growing My Own Food...In My Apartment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-preserve-your-early-harvest">7 Easy Ways to Preserve Your Early Harvest</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-healthy-ways-to-have-ice-cream-for-breakfast">10 Healthy Ways to Have Ice Cream for Breakfast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-moonshine">How to Make Moonshine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink alcohol conserve energy Food heat outdoor dining over summer temperature vegetables Sat, 23 Jun 2007 20:27:48 +0000 Andrea Karim 773 at http://www.wisebread.com