Keeping Cool While Staying Green

March 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Spring is here. There’s absolutely no denying it. When it’s 80 Degrees in Syracuse in mid-March, and similarly – abnormally – warm

Syracuse, New York

across the country, environmentalists all seem to take the opportunity to remind the world about global warming. I’m not. Today, I’m going to talk about how to keep cool in this heat in the most sustainable way possible.

  1. Dress appropriately. This might seem obvious, but when it’s warm, you should wear lighter clothing. These temperatures are not the appropriate situations to wear many layers. Still have that awesome sweater you wanted to show off? Unfortunately girls (and guys), it will have to wait until next year. Of course, dressing appropriately is a simple way to keep yourself cool, no matter where you go.
  2. Open the windows. Again, it’s simple. Opening the windows allows for a flow of air in your home, providing not only relief from the staleness of air that makes the heat feel much worse, but also creating a cross-breeze which will cool your home. Oh, and by the way – it costs no energy, so long as you don’t keep your air conditioning on at the same time.
  3. Close the windows. While this might seem like a direct contradiction to the previous point, it’s situational. If you decide to use air conditioning, rather than good-old-fashioned wind, make sure you close your windows, doors, etc. This is in order to seal your house, and therefore to make the air-conditioning system more efficient, and therefore using less energy and costing you less money.
  4. Drink water. One of the worst side effects of heat is dehydration – which in turn exaggerates the way you feel the heat. Keep drinking water all day to stay hydrated. Of course, if it’s cold, you’ve got an added cooling bonus. Make sure you’re using reusable bottles, or at least recycling your water bottles.
  5. Stay outside. It’s nice out. Go play outside – throw a frisbee, play some soccer – or even read and do homework outside. It’s not going to be much cooler inside, so why not take advantage of the fresh air? Plus, if you spend time outside, there’s no energy costs!

Enjoy the weather everyone!

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