The summer heat in Urbana-Champaign can be unbearable and running an AC all day and night can rack up your electric bill immensely.  Whether you don't own an air conditioner or are trying to save a little bit of money, here are some tips to help you survive the heat in your apartment rental.

DIY Cold Rice Pack

two socks in apartment Fill a sock with rice and tie it off at the end. After storing it in the freezer for an hour or so, you'll have a homemade cooling pack that won't melt on your pillow. Place it under your head and the malleable shape of the rice will conform to your features and keep you cool as you sleep.

Point Fans Towards Your Window

open apartment window A simple trick to cool down your apartment is to position your fan so it blows out the window. When hot air is pushed outside, cool air can be drawn inside through other open windows. This technique works best at night when the air outside is cooler than it is inside your apartment.

Cool Your Pulse Points

feet splashing in water The areas on your body where you can feel your pulse, like your wrists and feet, are called pulse points.  You can easily cool down your body by applying cold temperatures to one of these spots. Try placing your feet in cold water when you're sitting in your rental and you'll feel a difference in your circulation. You can learn more about finding and cooling your pulse points here.

Stir Up a Refreshing Summer Drink

lemon and lime fruit drink You don't need alcohol to have fun. These frozen margarita mocktails are perfect to sip on hot summer days when hanging in your apartment with friends. Alcohol dehydrates, so it's best to stay clear of it when you really want to quench your thirst. If you have a favorite punch recipe of your own, use frozen fruit to keep your drinks cool without diluting them with ice.

Create Your Own AC

fan in apartment Sometimes the simplest ways are the best ways. Place a bowl of ice in front of a fan and allow it to spray a cool mist through your apartment rental as the ice melts. The best part is you can refreeze the bowl when it's melted and use it all over again.