09 Aug '11, 7pm

How To Keep Cool Without A.C. Eco-friendly ways to beat the heat

How To Keep Cool Without A.C. Eco-friendly ways to beat the heat

A Q&A with EarthTalk, republished with permission. Q. Dear EarthTalk: Summer’s going to be a scorcher this year, and I’d like to know how I can keep cool indoors without just running my energy-hogging air conditioners all the time. Any tips? — John McGovern, Cohasset, MA A. According to Harvey Sachs of the non-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy , the movement of air over the skin is what’s key to keeping the body cool. So instead of turning on that A.C., see which direction the breeze is blowing outside (no matter how minimal it may be), and then open a few windows strategically to try to get it flowing through the house from end-to-end or side-to-side. If the breeze alone isn’t enough, apply some fan power. Even small tabletop fans, which can be had for $30 or so at Target and similar stores, can really whip the air around. Placing one facing in by th...

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