Hot or cold, rain or shine, SolarCity rooftop installers know a thing or two about dealing with weather extremes. They brave just about anything Mother Nature throws at them as they bring clean, inexpensive solar power to our customers.
So—to continue our summertime series on keeping cool—we asked the solar installer team at our Henderson, Nevada office to share their personal advice for beating the heat. Bear in mind, they responded during a week (July 13-17) when daytime temperatures hit triple digits … pretty typical for mid-summer in southern Nevada.
“I start my day with a can of coconut water. I think it helps me avoid cramps and has lots of potassium. I also have two bottles of Gatorade throughout the day for headaches—for me, it works better than Ibuprofen or other headache medicine. And of course, I drink lots of water. My first day on the job, I wasn't prepared, and I was determined to not feel like that again. I’ve done this routine since then and have been feeling way better. I hope this helps you beat the heat! Go SolarCity!”
“I try to get to the jobsite early and start work before it gets really hot. Another trick I use is to keep a couple water bottles in my tool bag on the roof—I have to constantly ask the guys on the ground to refill. And, it’s always helpful to take breathers and stay under the shade whenever possible.”
“I use blue “Mission” brand neck wraps. They keep my neck and face feeling cool all day. You can get them at Lowe’s for about $20.”
“This is kinda’ funny: I put a frozen water bottle by the ladder and I stare at it while I'm measuring the roof. It makes me work faster! Other than that, I use a cooling vest. I usually get it wet then throw it in a freezer or a cooler with ice. I also use motorcycle neck braces that I soak in water then throw on ice. And, I hydrate. Not just with water, with sugary sports drinks too.”
“I stay hydrated on my evenings and days off. I like to hydrate my body at least 24 hours in advance of a job. I also wear a wide-brim straw hat. They’re not expensive—I find them for $8 at a local Chevron. I’ve even found them for $5 at a nearby O'Neill outlet. And, I like ‘Frogg Toggs’ brand wet cloths for my head and neck. I think they stay much colder, much longer than the competitors’.”
What are your best heat-beating tips? Let us know in the comments.
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