I recently discovered this blog written by Chris George, a page designer for the Arizona Republic, who has vowed to live in Tempe, (a suburb of Phoenix), without heating, or cooling for a year.
"In the name of the environment, I have resolved not to use the air conditioning (or heating) at my home all year."
I have always been interested in this issue, not just from an environmental perspective, but from a personal one as well. How have people lived here in the low desert and not only survived, but thrived over the years?
If you get a chance check out Chris's blog because it is compelling reading. Can you imagine living in your home while the temperature is 100 degrees plus? We have probably all had a small taste of it when our AC has malfunctioned, but not for any great length of time.
The comments people have left are pretty interesting too. Some show concern for Chris's cats, others for his health, while others express the thought that it is just plain silly. Each to their own right?
Me, well of course I totally admire someone so willing to make such a major commitment towards reducing their carbon footprint. I am sad to say though, that as much as I love this earth, I don't think I could do it, even if it was just me without others to consider such as my husband, children, and dogs. Really makes me think though.
I guess for now I will just be keeping the thermostat up, and carry on saving for solar.