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It may be tempting to crank the air-con up high and keep your house at sub-arctic temperatures until the weather outside finally cools down, but it’s worth thinking about the impact that’s going to have on your bill. There are plenty of ways you can cool your house in a more economical way — or, if you can’t bear turning off the air conditioner for a minute, we’ve collected a few tips so that you can use it more economically.
This summer is going to be a scorcher and Australians will no doubt be cranking up their air conditioners to survive the heat. But a poorly maintained air conditioner could result in a machine that can barely cool the air while it chews up a ton of electricity. Here are some tips to help you keep your air conditioner healthy.
Summer is finally upon us. Judging from the searing temperatures we experienced in spring, it’s safe to say this summer is going to be a hot one. Really hot. If you’re currently relying on standing fans and standing arms akimbo in front of your fridge to keep cool, you might want to consider investing in an air conditioner. Here are some tips to get you started.
If you work in an office, chances are you or the person sitting next to you has grumbled about it being too hot or cold. No one likes rugging up on a summer’s day to contend with the air-conditioning. Or having to shed one too many layers in winter to compensate for stifling heat indoors.
According to a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, this scenario is more likely if you’re a woman. Climate control systems in office buildings are often set according to an old formula based on men’s thermal comfort. This gender bias, the authors argue, is wasting energy.