If you have a pulse and the ability to read this article right now, chances are you've heard about how disastrous our climate change situation is becoming. Have you ever put your head under a thick blanket and found it rapidly getting hotter and harder to breath? Think of global warming as a gigantic version of that, more and more heat is being trapped in our atmosphere due to the release of greenhouse gases such as CO2.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported, "Restraining global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius will require changing how the world produces and uses energy to power its cities and factories, [and] heats and cools buildings ..Changes are required not just in technology, but also in people's behavior."
Well, we've reached a point now where "fixing the issue" isn't really on the table any longer, but perhaps slowing it down could be possible. Think of all of the electricity you use in a day? The TV and computers, all of the lights, washer and dryer, the fridge and dishwasher. Did you know that the biggest energy drain in your house comes from heating and cooling? Almost more than all of those others combined, heating and cooling your house makes up 47% of your in-home energy consumption.
Faith Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency said, “When I look at the next few years to come, air-conditioners are only second to the entire industrial sector,” he said. “Twenty-one percent of the total world electricity growth is coming from the need to meet the growth of air-conditioner electricity demand.”
So as your first order of business in saving the world, STOP cranking the A/C and get an efficient ceiling fan. Sometimes when it’s really hot out you only need the A/C to cool the air in the room then the fan can do the work.
Seriously, though, ceiling fans use a fraction of the energy of air conditioning, which is good for the earth and your bank account. The cost of using a ceiling fan is less than 3% of the cost of operating an air conditioner, so you can use all that money you save to treat yourself to a vacation that looks like that last picture!