By reducing our dependence on air-conditioning, we can not only save energy but also become more resilient human beings. And we’ll need that resilience. The coming decades will test our ability to adapt and create, and we can’t leave it to technology to bail us out this time. – Stan Cox
We were spoiled this summer! While most of the nation sizzled, it was So Cal’s second coolest summer ever recorded. More sweater time than swim suits.
But Nature sure wasn’t going to let us go into fall and winter without one hot blast and, boy, is it a good one. Yesterday, it was the hottest day ever recorded in downtown LA. 113 degrees. Yep, hottest day EVER! Pasadena broke its very own record high temperature coming in at 111 degrees!
I’ve lived without AC all my life. Even in the hot & humid south where just sitting still you’d drip buckets of sweat. I sure miss the South but not the humidity.
Moving to the dry heat of California was rather nice. Heat is one thing; humidity is another animal. Thankfully, we live in a pre AC house that has high ceilings, lots of windows and wood floors. Sure, some days are just unbearably hot but we deal with it. Our bodies have become acclimated – naturally. I rather hate going into AC stores or even cars blowing that ice cold artificial air even when it’s not even hot out.
As [urban] homesteaders it’s not just about what we do but what we don’t do. Of course, some of the choices are sometimes rather unpleasant.
A Step Backwards is Progress
How can one ever survive without AC? I mean it’s one of the greatest modern invention, right? Or is it?
The case against AC
… this invention has changed how people live, determined the population patterns of entire continents, and affected everything from when we have babies to why we feel so tired in the morning. It’s gone from being a salvation, literally sparing lives, to a possible health risk to an environmental demon because it could alter the planet’s climate.
Now you’ve read the case against AC and are courageous enough to pull the plug – now what?
How to to Keep Your Cool
Care to share some natural (or fun) ways you have found to keep cool without AC?