Is this what your office and house turns into during the hot summer months? (I know you're all nodding yes!) We bellyache all winter about how cold it is and then once the heat arrives we crank the AC so that we're freezing our backsides off.

When we bought our house a few years ago the AC was a "nice to have" but I can count on one hand the number of times we've used it in three years (maybe 5?). I didn't have AC growing up and we just coped with the hot summer nights so as a result I've never been a huge advocate of flash freezing my home (don't get me started about the workplace).  So as you can imagine I was pleasantly surprised today when I read Dave McGinn's interview with Stan Cox, author of Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (And Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer) in the Globe and Mail. He discusses why we're so used to AC and how it's effecting the environment and our health.

Here are some of my own personal stay cool tips:

  • Install a ceiling fan in your bedroom (amazing!)
  • Keep your blinds closed in the rooms that get the most sunlight (this keeps those rooms cool during the day)
  • Open all your windows  (it creates a cross breeze)
  • Have a cool shower before tucking into bed
  • Take the duvet and heavy blankets off your bed (just sleep with a sheet)

I hope this has inspired you to try to quit your AC addiction. Your bank account will thank me.

June 04, 2010 — Alanna Banks

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