No air conditioning: simple and natural tips for a cool summer
Did you know? According to the International Energy Agency, air conditioning alone accounts for 10% of global electricity consumption. And that is not its only negative point: it works using coolant fluids that are harmful to the ozone layer and it spits out hot air, further aggravating the urban heat island phenomenon. It’s high time that we learn how to do without it! But how? Here are 5 simple and natural ways of combatting heat, without air conditioning.
2/ Limit the use of electrical equipment
In the kitchen, avoid cooking with the oven. Use the timer on your dishwasher and washing machine and run them at night. It goes without saying that you can forget the clothes drier when it’s very hot, especially as drying laundry inside the home is a very good way of lowering the indoor temperature owing to the humidity given off!
Around the world, 10 air conditioning units are sold every second. At this rate, there will be nearly 6 billion of them in 2050, or three times more than today!
4/ Paint in light colours
By planning ahead, you can protect yourself against the next heatwave by making use of albedo, the reflecting power of a surface, which varies according to its colour. Thus, black and anthracite grey – with an albedo close to zero – which absorb light and heat, are to be avoided. It is better to opt for light colours for outdoor surfaces such as walls, terraces, blinds and roofs.