The High Cost of Staying Comfortable
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“Why don’t they do something about it?”
They? Do what? The financially and environmentally high cost of heating and cooling. We are continuing to run down the remaining supplies of fossil fuels contaminating our environment by literally burning them. Let’s change the question. What can we do about it? Programmable thermostats? Yes, they can help. But they still control devices that burn the diminishing and harmful fossil fuels. Insulate? That can help as well but still does not stop the fossil fuel burning. There is a word that has become popular: Alternatives. Let’s take a closer look.
Toasty warm winter
Instead of thinking exclusively high tech, we can also look at low tech answers that already work. A wood burning stove, or one that can burn a variety of fuels that can be recycled or grown, can work wonders for heating. Will it still emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere? Yes. What can be done with that carbon dioxide? Plant trees and plants that we already need to replenish. They need carbon dioxide as much as we need the oxygen they produce. How many trees would be needed to offset our activities now? The following website features a calculator: http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm And it goes without saying get experienced, expert help for any heating system installation.
Everybody cool it
Summer heat can be anything from uncomfortable to life-threatening. Modern air conditioning systems use electrical power (it can be a lot) and chemicals. What else could be done? Apply an ancient Middle Eastern technique. It uses hollow tiles filled with water and no electricity. A short introduction to it is featured on this website: http://design-4-sustainability.com/products/34-cooling-with-water-using-traditional-middle-eastern-techniques And we recommend this website featuring an introduction into how evaporative water cooling is being used today: http://www.tabreedcoolingpads.com/cooling_pads_middle_east_system_egypt_gulf_saudi_arabia_ap3_fa.htm
So if water cooling systems work so well, safely and cheaply using renewable resources why isn’t it being promoted and used on a much broader scale? Exactly. It works well, safely and cheaply using renewable resources.
What to do now
What will work for us now? What won’t work? How can we get ourselves to using renewable resources before it is too late? What do we want the world to be like when we leave it for our children? Let’s talk it up in the comments section below!
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