The scorching summer temperatures make the thought of spending hot afternoons in an air-conditioned room very appealing. Unfortunately, air conditioning has a huge environmental impact that most of us are unaware of.
In fact, a typical room air conditioner, for example, uses 10-20 times as much electricity as a ceiling fan. Air conditioning also means more refrigerants, which in turn leads to potentially higher greenhouse gases.
While it may not be possible to completely cut out air conditioning from your lifestyle, here are some tips on how to keep your body cool this summer in an environmentally responsible manner, no matter where you happen to be…
1. Avoid Heat Emitters
In terms of household appliances, chores, and duties, avoid or modify those that emit heat during the summer. For example:
- Try to grill or cook your food outdoors, instead of heating up the kitchen with the stove or oven. Put the slow cooker in the garage to stew your dinner. Try your hand at making a solar cooker or outdoor wood-fired pizza oven!
- Allow dishes to air dry in your dishwasher as this reduces heat emission. Keep the dishwasher door closed after the wash cycle as they air dry, as this prevents hot air from spilling into the room.
- Set up a clothesline for clothes to dry outdoors rather than using the dryer. The added benefit from doing this is that you’ll enjoy that fresh outdoor scent that can’t be replicated by a bottle!