Saturday, October 12, 2013

Adjust the Thermostat Globe

Adjust the Thermostat

In the old days, folks warmed up by putting on a sweater or cozying up to a crackling fire. Common sense solutions like these are good choices again in the fight against climate change. Half the energy used in your home runs your heating and cooling systems. You can curb greenhouse gas by simply adjusting your thermostat. Try setting the temperature at 68 or lower in the winter and 78 or higher in the summer. Programmable thermostats let you regulate temperature to conserve energy when you are asleep or away. Don't be afraid to ask restaurant, theater, or office managers to turn down the air conditioning. Commercial buildings consume about one fifth of all energy used in the United States, and up to one third of that is for air conditioning. You shouldn't need a sweater when it's 80 degrees outside!

Where do you set your thermostat?

Artist: Lindsay Obermeyer, "Warm Up Boston: Wear a Sweater"

P.S. This has always been one of my favorite Cool Globes - how cool is the idea of knitting a giant sweater around a giant globe?  And I am a big believer in the idea of putting on an extra layer of clothing rather than turning up the heat if you are cold in the winter.  Do you agree?  - Liam 

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