Have you noticed the trend toward excessive air conditioning?
Public places–theaters, restaurants and stores–here in Virginia are so cool we have to wear heavier clothes; my wife takes a sweater wherever she goes. A local art gallery is cooled to 68º during the summer and heated to 70º in the winter. When I asked the owner why, he said “the ladies” demand it. Do they?
Cool, dry air is a wonderful things. I remember life before universal air conditioning. The Southeast and Southwest were hard places to live. But turning our buildings into meat lockers wastes of money and energy. Even 75º feels cool here once the moisture is wrung out of the air.
How much could we cut fossil fuel usage if we moderated the cooling? Maybe we could reduce greenhouse emissions, not to mention helping our budgets, by turning the thermostat up a few degrees.