At our house, we set the temperature at 55 to 60 at night, so it felt especially nippy when we woke up to a snow and a mini cold snap earlier this week.
But with a flip of the thermostat switch, our house gets toasty within minutes. When Bill read the draft of this blog, he laughed saying, “This house hasn’t felt toasty for 40 years.”
When we started lowering the thermostat at night in the 1970’s, it wasn’t a green or environmental thing. We—I should say I—came up with the idea that it’s healthy to sleep in a cool house.
I made up that little health tidbit and the family reluctantly went along with it.
A guest at our house, who fell asleep wearing his glasses, remarked, “My glasses were iced over when I woke up.”
Our daughters keep their ski jackets on when they visit us and shake their heads at our—my—eccentricities
This all sounds pretty ecological until summer arrives and I turn on the air conditioner for a few hours a day. Air conditioners shamelessly slurp up electricity.
I don’t feel good about my air conditioning usage, especially when I look at warming surface and water temperatures as well as rising sea levels. I’m sure my energy usage plays some part in this pattern of warming.
I feel worse when I look at residents along the East Coast who are still digging out from Hurricane Sandy as I sit in my temperature controlled house.
While it’s hard to prove that there is a direct link between Hurricane Sandy and global warming, most of us would have to agree that we’ve seen changes in weather patterns in recent years.
Researchers at Yale and George Mason University report that 54% Americans agree that human activity impacts climate change. And that sample was polled before Hurricane Sandy.
So what should the average person do to cut down on activities that may be contributing to climate changes while still keeping somewhat comfortable?
Readers, let’s hear from you.