Sorry to play Captain Obvious, but it's hot in the Inland Northwest! And, it's going to stay this way for at least the rest of this week. If you want to keep your pets and your kids cool and be able to sleep in this heat, it's time to get creative.

One idea you may not have heard of: hang a damp towel in front of your window. The water evaporates and cools the air that's coming through the window. Just wet the towel a few times a day and that should bring some relief.

If you have ceiling fans, make sure you're running them counter-clockwise. That forces the room air down on you, giving you a wind chill effect. The clockwise setting is for winter; it draws the room air up, forcing warm air down to keep you warmer in the winter.

Also, shut down any electronics devices that you aren't using. Even when they're not being used, things like TVs and desktop computers emit heat. It may seem small, but powering down can cool things off a bit and save you money on your energy bill.

Finally, keep that hot car outside. Bringing the car into an attached garage while the engine is still hot will bring added heat into your home. Wait for the engine to cool down, then bring that car in for the night.

One editorial piece of advice: be thankful. In a few short months, we'll be complaining about 20 degrees. At least now, we don't have to shovel the driveway before we head to work.