3 green ways to stay cool this summer
There's no doubt about it: Australia gets hot during the summer. If you live in Australia and have desperately been searching for ways to beat the heat, you know what we're talking about. This presents a conundrum for environmentalists: Should I blast my power-guzzling air conditioner, or seek out more sustainable ways to stay cool? Luckily, if you have the planet's well-being (as well as your electricity prices) on your mind, there are a few ways to stay cool while keeping your carbon footprint in check. Here are a few ideas.
Give your pool a green overhaul
Australia is an ideal place for private pool ownership. With relatively warm temperatures shining down on the country year-round, taking a quick dip is generally a pleasant prospect all year long in most parts of Oz. However, heating a pool as well as using a significant amount of water put a damper on the idea for many environmentalists.
If you do have a pool, there are a few ways you can make it more eco-friendly. Investing in a timed pump that shuts off when not in use will save you loads on energy costs. You can also invest in a saltwater treatment system so you don't have to rely on toxic chemicals when cleaning your pool. Finally, solar hot water systems are a great way to keep the temperature of your pool consistent with your comfort level.
Stay hydrated … with tap water
Staying hydrated is an important part of keeping cool during the summer months. In hot temperatures, your body requires water to keep its temperature level and avoid overheating. However, stay away from bottled water if you have the environment on your mind.
According to Clean Up Australia, bottled water wastes resources in production (as its manufacture has a high carbon footprint), transportation (bottled water must be brought from its manufacturing facility to the store where you purchase it), and beyond (plastic remains in landfills for up to 1,000 years). Instead, drink filtered water from your tap.
Seek out shelter
If you live in a city or town, why not make use of facilities such as public libraries and community centres? You can avoid turning on your own AC by spending time in places such as these. If you have kids, they can benefit from the many activities and amenities these facilities offer, and if you work remotely, you can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi that's often provided in these spaces.