The biggest contributors to most Westerner's carbon footprint are the energy used to heat and cool our homes and work places. Firstly, all that power that your ac unit is guzzling is costing you money. Less air conditioning means smaller utility bills. Wear natural fibres during sunny days as they are comfortable even in warmer weather. Consider cotton, hemp, wool and linen rather than viscose, polyester and PVC to stay fresh and sweat-free in the heat of the summer. Heat-reflectors are available to use in car windows on hot days which reflect the sun's rays back away from your car rather than turning it into a moving greenhouse. Grow plants in your lawn because they will make your surroundings feel significantly cooler without the need of air conditioning. Building a pond is also a great way to keep you cool, support local wildlife and add interest to your garden. One final element worth considering is the use of one or more ceiling fans to draw the hot air up towards your ceiling.
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