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Houston topped 100 degrees Monday and the rest of the week is not expected to be any cooler. Authorities urge bringing most if not all of your activities indoors. Officials and medical professionals are urging residents to take precautionary steps to remain hydrated and cool. There are steps that you can take to remain cool during the excruciating heat. Pet owners are also being urged to take precautionary measures to ensure animals remain cool and comfortable in this record-breaking heat.

Here are tips for you (and your pet) that are useful when it comes to conserving energy and keeping cool.

1. An absolute must is drinking plenty of fluids especially water to stay hydrated, focused and refreshed.

2. During peak hours (3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.) of energy demand, consider turning your thermostat to 75 degrees. Energy experts say that if you are not home during those peak hours, consider turning your thermostat to 85 degrees. This will help you cut costs. Once you return home, then turn the thermostat to 74 or 75 degrees to remain cool and comfortable.

3. Consider turning window blinds curtains and shades down so that the sun is not directly beaming into your home.

4. Add a few ice cubes to your pet’s water dish. They will remain cool and enjoy the cold water while taking a drink.

5. Make sure pet kennels and beds are out of the reach of the sun; placing kennels and pet beds in cool areas of the home will ensure your pet remains cool and comfortable.

Additional reports indicate that Houston tied a record with 102 degrees on Monday. Monday’s high of 100 broke the old record by four degrees.

The National Weather Service said Galveston hit its hottest ever June temperature on Monday. The NWS further states that the mercury has never climbed to 100 degrees in Galveston in the month of June before Monday’s temeprature. Palacios and Angleton also reached temperatures of 100 degrees.

Temperatures Continue In The Triple Digits For Houston, Surrounding Areas; Tips To Conserve Energy  was originally published on news92fm.com

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