09 Jun '11, 3pm

How to stay cool for next to nothing

How to stay cool for next to nothing

Central AC is for suckers. Why are you cooling every inch of your house, even the dust bunnies under the couch, when the only part that actually needs to be cooled is your body? Having endured, sans air conditioning, countless summers in locations including the deep South and the middle of the gigantic urban heat island known as Brooklyn, I've developed the following ultra-simple method for saving myself hundreds of dollars a year in electricity bills. For lack of a better term, I'll call it the Personal Swamp Cooler, because it works on more or less the same principle as the energy-efficient evaporative coolers that can be found in dry climates everywhere. 1. Buy a fan. A good one. Not too big. Why would you pay $40 for a 12-inch fan? Because it moves more air than fans twice its size, and for half the energy, that's why. Which is another way to say that I like the Vornad...

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