Heat

It’s getting hot in here!

children playing in fountainDid you know that Savannah experiences almost 100 days above 90 degrees each year? This number has increased by over 10 days in the last 25 years (New York Times: How Much Hotter is Your Hometown?).

Extreme heat is one of the most dangerous aspects of climate change. Elders, children, outdoor workers, low-income families, and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk for heat stroke, heat rash, and other hot weather health impacts.

Keep your family safe

On a hot day:

  • Avoid going outside from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., if possible
  • If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade and drink lots of water
  • Check on elderly neighbors, family members, and pets
  • Visit a cooling center

Plant a shade tree!

  • Shade trees such as magnolia and live oak are the best way to ensure that your street will be protected from extreme heat in decades to come. The best time to plant a tree was 30 years ago. The second best time is today! Check out the Savannah Tree Foundation which hosts regular tree giveaways.

Is your home energy efficient?

  • You may qualify for a FREE home energy audit that will save you money on your power bill. Apply for the Georgia Power EASE Program online or call the Office of Sustainability for assistance at (912) 651-6838.
  • Invest in a home energy audit and simple repairs (such as sealing windows and doors, upgrading your HVAC, or insulating your attic) in order to keep cool air inside and lower your energy bill!