Keeping cool can be a challenge, especially in the hot summer months. It is automatic for most Americans to turn to their thermostat and hike up the air conditioning to stay cold. But the environmental impact of blasting the air conditioning is large, not to mention the impact it has on your electric bill.
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy the key to staying cool is not blasting the cold air, but concentrate on “the movement of air over the skin.” You can stay cool by noting which way the wind is blowing and getting a breeze flowing throughout the house.
If the natural breeze through open windows is not enough, fans can add additional wind, especially if strategically placed in front of windows. Ceiling fans can also be beneficial. It is also important to think about if you really need your air conditioner at night because the nighttime air is normally much cooler.
If you do not deem any of these options “cool” enough for your home, there are air conditioning options that are especially energy efficient. You can install single room air conditioning units and turn them on as need be, instead of cooling rooms in your house that you are not being used through central air. Also, if buying a new air conditioner, it is important to find federally labeled energy efficient models to save on the amount of electricity used. All of these methods are up and coming ways to keep cool without causing harm to the environment.
Check out some resources from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.