Halifax, as you may well know, is warm today.
I’ve always found talking about the weather pretty torturous. Especially growing up in Saint John, where the frequency of fog only made its discussion an unnecessary and cruel reminder. But the weather is a part of the environment, you see, and therefore a relevant topic for this blog.
How do you keep cool on days like this, all while limiting your energy consumption?
Tips, tips, tips:
Cooking in a hot kitchen is no good. If BBQ is an option, choose propane/natural gas for cleaner emissions and more efficient cookery. If it is not an option (because you are like me and let your barbeque rust to pieces), you might find this article useful.
Close your windows in the day time. It also helps with pesky home invasion and you can still appreciate the cool breeze while you’re sleeping the night away.
Turn off/unplug your appliances when they’re not in use (they sap energy and produce more heat).
Air conditioners are rare in the homes I frequent, but I know they’re necessary in places that aren’t here. Use them sparingly if possible. Go for efficient/small machines. Clean them regularly. Keep the outside unit shaded. Use additional fans to circulate the air.
Now for the easy ones:
Have water on hand.
Avoid strenuous activity in peak daylight hours.
Keep in the shade and wear light clothing (in weight and tone).
Swim! Because it’s the most fun of all.