Air conditioners consume huge amounts of energy and that’s adding to climate change.
The US uses as much electricity to keep buildings cool as the entire continent of Africa uses for all its electrical needs. And that power largely comes from polluting power stations, adding to the warmer climate.
Air conditioning also pumps heat out straight into the atmosphere. That extra heat makes cities hotter, raising nighttime temperatures by up to 2C (5F), which then encourages people to turn up their air conditioning even higher.
With the demand for air conditioning rising worldwide, it’s estimated that in 30 years’ time more energy could be used for cooling than for heating. And as the climate grows hotter, there’s more need to stay cool. It’s a vicious cycle that generates even more greenhouse gases and soaring temperatures.
Here are some useful home cooling tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:
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