How do you deal with this heat?

Holy friggin crap is it hot in here, it turns out my new place which is on the first floor of an apartment building is VERY hot. I'm not kidding here, you'd go outside and you'd feel better. And it's a bit hard to fall asleep due to the heat, I often roll around in bed at least until 1-2 am

What's worse that the only windows that are in my bedroom face straight the balconies of other people and as the typical man in heat I walk around in underwear and if I don't lower the blinds I might as well leave a tip jar outside.
But the blinds being almost all the way down does have it's good sides, less sunlight means less heat.
I have an AC which is nice but it's an expensive delight that shows up on my power bill.