Now that temperatures are climbing into the 90s and beyond, you can be sure that water and electric bills will rise along with them.

But ABC-7 went searching recently for a cheaper way to stay cool this summer.

The El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force said this area saw two heat-related deaths last summer: a 52-year-old man and a 5-month-old girl. But it turns out that tragedies like these can be prevented without spending hundreds on a new air conditioning unit -- you can do it for less than $15.

"Anything for 15 bucks," said Andy Venegas, 67. "Might as well give it a try."

He said the heat gets to him a lot quicker nowadays.

"If I'm outside, I'll start feeling dizzy, since I have high blood pressure," Venegas said.

Venegas said he spends a few hours a day at the Polly Harris Senior Center on the west side, partly to check email.

"And because it's real cool inside," Venegas said.

But ABC-7 told him he's only a hardware-store run away from having, at his fingertips, chilled air -- cheap.

"If I would have known that, I would have done it a long time ago," Venegas said.

Pick up the following:

Materials:

(1) 5-gallon plastic all-purpose bucket w/lid

(1) 32-inch by 12-inch, 1-inch-thick styrofoam board

(1) 10-inch diameter circular 1-inch-thick styrofoam board

(3) 1.5-inch internal diameter, 2-inch length PVC pipes

(1) 5-inch personal fan

Supplies:

(1) basket saw

(1) 2.25-inch basket saw bit

(1) box cutter

(1) frozen gallon water jug

(1) pair of safety goggles

Directions:

1. Use the basket saw to cut three holes in the side of the bucket, roughly three inches apart