You read correctly — this past weekend, it SNOWED in Houston, TX. And, incidentally, our temps were (as usual for July) right around 100 degrees. So, we wore shorts and flip flops in our snow.
Oh . . . and, there were Chimps involved with this outrageous weather phenomenon.
It was all part of the summer program, Chill Out at the Houston Zoo, (sponsored by TXU Energy). Through out this hot, hot, HOT summer, this program has been providing ways for the animals (even the human kind) to stay cool. Zoo animals have enjoyed cool baths, sprinklers, popsicle treats and other ways to keep them comfortable during our dry heat wave.
Zoo guests have also been given a chance to stay cool while visiting the Houston Zoo — there are four permanent misting systems on the grounds and more than 13 air-conditioned “Chill Out Zones.”
And the snow? That was just one more way to keep ALL primates cool, calm and collected (even the little ones like Mr. Boy . . . who had the TIME of his LIFE in the snow).
Don’t have a fresh supply of snow where you are? Here are some ideas for keeping cool during this crazy hot summer of 2011!
Tips for Staying Cool
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and help regulate body temperature.
- Dress to keep cool. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight.
- Use fans when you’re in the room. The moving air will feel cooler on your skin.
- Close drapes and blinds. They help block heat from the sun’s rays.
- Run appliances at night. Dishwashers and dryers can give off heat.
- Lower your water heater temperature to 120°F.
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use 75% less energy than ordinary incandescent light bulbs and last up to 8 times longer.
- Stop air leakage. Seal and insulate your windows and doors.
- Keep your kitchen cool. Prepare your meals with your microwave and outside grill.
- Visit txu.com/energythieves to learn how much electricity you’re using even when electronics are turned off!
Disclosure: While my family and I have Houston Zoo Memberships, we were granted early “Media Access” to the Chimp-snow event. This pregnant mama even got to ride a golf cart instead of walking in the heat. Woot! No other compensation was given (or needed!).