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green air cooler

is there a way of cooling the air without directly using electricity? using ice cubes or something. my power bill is already very scary

Gorfram8 years ago
I'll assume you're already doing all basic "summer energy-saver tips" (drawing the drapes on south- and west-facing windows during the hot part of the day, etc.) that utility companies send around this time of year.

  • Use fans and/or cross ventilation to create a breeze. (But not if the outdoor temp gets above 98 F - moving air hotter than your body temp around just makes you hotter.)
  • If you have an uninsulated attic, (get it insulated, or) get an attic vent fan installed under the eaves. Moving hot air out of the attic can cool the house quite a bit.
  • Hang awnings and/or blinds over all the south- and west-facing windows.
  • Grow vines on a trellis in front of the south- and west-facing walls.
  • If you have any concrete patios or steps right next to the house, try soaking them with water. As the water evaporates, it will cool the concrete and the air above it.
  • You could also try hanging panels of wet fabric over open windows, again to get that evaporative cooling effect.
  • Wear only clothing that is 100% natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk).
  • Take a cool shower.
  • Drink lots of cool water.
Hope this helps. :)
goatgirly8 years ago
You can open the windows, use fans, wear cooler clothes, plant trees around the house, and check out the solar powered air conditioner instructable. In times of desperation you could even dig an under ground tunnel and hide
(Don't tell anybody; but, in times of true desperation, I lie on a 100% cotton sheet spread on the coolest part of the floor, with a bandana(sp?) that I have gotten thoroughly wet and then put ion the freezer for 10 minutes wrapped around my head, & otherwise wearing as little as possible.)