1. If you have the jay oh bee, Take time off, ideally between mid July and mid August. If they wont let you take time off quit your job. If you can’t quit your job, here are a few suggestions. First off, do yourself and your passengers a favor, have your keys ready and turn the car on right away. Sitting in a hot car is not the time to be rooting around for your keys or realizing you forgot your phone while your glasses are fogging up.
Seek shelter/shade as much as possible. Let your car idle for quick errands or even long ones. Who cares about the carbon footprint when its 110 degrees outside? Stay hydrated, use the drive through for everything, make ice and don’t booze it up too much till October.
2. If you can, just stay inside and leave at dusk. Work remotely; hire a dog walker, watch TV, True Detectives is so totally hot and worth staying in for.
Surf the net but beware of FB . There is nothing more depressing than seeing your friends and family frolicking around in Aspen or the Hampton's while you are stuck in Houston practicing your boring indoor survival skills. If you need an escape from the day to day routine try reading an actual book or something; go to the movies but bring a sweater and splurge on the garage parking or better yet valet.
The top most annoying indoor activity for me is analyzing the electric bill, which can be daunting. Those "compare plan" sites are just awful to figure out. Go with a broker like we did- we got a great rate no hidden fees and switching was is so easy.
Work out at home- if you have a trainer, have your trainer come to you. Those know it all Millennial kids can go outside and show off all they want in their skimpy exercise shorts training for Marathons but that doesn’t mean you have to. They look better doing it anyway.
Avoid going shopping in the traffic only to be gifted with a smoldering parking spot on your return. Be organized; shop online, get the trail version of Prime for July and take advantage of all those great perks that that your "Primer" friends keep bragging about.
Don’t use the oven, this is no time to be baking cookies or practicing 3 hour long 500% recipes like Porchetta. We love Porchetta but dang, on Labor Day weekend? No. For provisions, order anything (healthy or not) from one of these ever popular on demand delivery services,and get stuff delivered to your door within an hour. Take advantage of it and the services they provide. Houston with all its growth, is working hard to provide our huge population with food and groceries. I often find myself sitting in triple drive through lanes with servers coming to my car to help me make my transaction faster. Treat yourself and get someone else to do it for you. Save energy- do not open your door unless you are accepting a food or grocery delivery from these people. (I'm one of them) Rate them highly and tip them well, we are your friends.
Above all don’t turn your AC off to save money when you leave the house. You are not saving money by turning the AC off- keep it at 73 and leave it there, it costs more to cool the house down after that and you never will. Make or just buy more ice and booze it if you want till October.
3. The best option is to skip town- And sorry but you have to actually leave the state. Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas don’t count; those cities are also in the top ten and you know it. It's OK to leave Texas, really. Travel to Europe, Canada, Alaska, Montana, Minnesota – anywhere, save yourself, get out of town and booze it up if you want. It’s also OK that they don’t give you ice because you won’t need it.
Good luck, chill out and have a great summer!