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Staying Cool the Old-Fashioned Way

Martha Stewart Living, May 2005

Walking into a cool house on a hot day is one of the great pleasures of summertime. It must be, considering the energy we expend on cooling. Every year in the United States, homeowners spend more than $11 billion to run electric air conditioners. Of course, it hasn't always been that way; our ancestors stayed comfortable using natural, low-tech tricks and plain common sense. You can do so, too.

Make Your Own Shade
Don't Generate Heat
Take Advantage of Air Flow
Use Time-Tested Techniques