1000 Flowers for the Planet - #244 Use Fans First
When summer hits with a vengeance and the temperature rises it is a natural reaction to reach for the switch on the air conditioning unit to keep our environment cool. It is meant to be hot in summer, and as humans we are meant to be able to cope with it (although I certainly agree that 40°C is too hot for anyone) so before being robotic about flicking that switch, turn on a fan. Overhead fans can be very effective in keeping the environment a bit cooler than it may be outside in the blazing sun, and not all days in summer require a room blasted by icy air. Fans are a bit lighter on the environment as you are only using the electricity to turn the fan, it doesn’t use refrigerants and causes less impact when sent to landfill. They use less electricity, saving energy, reducing carbon emissions and saving a little money as well. Using fans will also make it easier to transition between the cooler indoor environment and the outside as you move about your daily routine.