Save Money, Fight Climate Change: 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

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Cracked, dry ground is seen where a pond normally stands on the property of Ray Mercer in Crossville, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Mercer said he had lived on the property over 50 years and this was the second time the pond had dried up. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

President Obama's climate change speech on Tuesday laid out a few plans for cutting carbon emissions. Simultaneously ambitious and vague, it proposed the creation of caps on the carbon produced by power plants but punted on the details. According to the president's speech, limits will be hammered out over the next two and a half years.

Summer Money SaversEven in the absence of specifics, though, it seems likely that carbon caps on power plants will translate into higher electric bills. For anyone who has watched power bills rise over the past few years, this should come as no surprise: Electricity is getting more expensive, even as temperatures seem to be climbing ever higher.

For someone hoping to keep cool this summer, then, the problem is twofold: on the one hand, you need to find ways to cool off. On the other, you want to do so without powering up your air conditioner and totally draining your wallet. So why not try one of these techniques.


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nascarss1000

impeach obama put him away. the free market will heal. in 6 months a economy turned around. robust., this guy obama is a disaster. they blamed bush he was a very small diaster. wow what a big farce. now we see the real muslim at work.

June 27 2013 at 12:14 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
arjohny

climate change and the carbon tax . . . madness. the intent of which is to create more taxes to grow government to rule the masses; and it appears a lot of people in this country are too dumb to see it . . . or they somehow think someone else will be paying the tax but not them . . . regardless they'll still be enslaved by an oppressive, heavy handed government.

June 26 2013 at 11:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rpmparts

What a crock. Dragons, elves, and lepricans are bigger threats than man made "climate change". More power in government is the biggest threat of all. Ask Warren Buffet what he is going to do with all those coal cars his bff, Obama, just obsoleted.

June 26 2013 at 9:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
torandersen

"true facts 82 percent of all electrically produced energy goes to making
one comfortable from the sun, if you eliminated that everyone could get by
lighting, cooking, and entertaining themselves on the remaining 18 percent..
cut out the entertainment, TV computers and you'd have 2 percent, that makes
98 percent of all energy that is produced a wasted resources!

June 26 2013 at 8:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ronchinsky

I would try fighting climate change, but since the the Earth has been going through the same temperature cycles for the last 100 million years, I know the effort would be fruitless.

June 26 2013 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a2948

The earth's temperature has not changed in the last 15 years!

June 26 2013 at 4:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bratz

As AGW doesn't exist, this is a huge waste of time, much as most of Obama's inititives are a waste of time.

June 26 2013 at 3:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jrb359

Best way I know how to fight climate change is IMPEACHMENT!

June 26 2013 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aevf101

Drive 55, no jack rabbit starts, keep non essential junk out of your trunk, tire pressure at factory rccommended specifications, turn off the engine when sitting in traffic, blah, blah, blah. Same song, 500th verse.

June 26 2013 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crazychris379

how can you fight a mythical force?
how do you know when you won?
is it fun to fight a mythical force?
i just dont get it......sounds boring to me

June 26 2013 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply