Kill Your Air Conditioner

Solving the energy crisis requires sacrifice. For the good of the country, we should be sweating

Illustration for TIME by Stephen Kroninger

On the weekend of the summer solstice, my wife and I went to a wedding in New England. The weather was perfect — mid-70s, sunny, with an exquisite whisper of breeze. We stayed at a classic little inn... classic except for the air-conditioning blasting through the lobby. I asked the innkeeper why he felt the need to refrigerate when the weather outside was so amenable. "I wish we didn't. It's expensive. I'd love to keep the temperature about 75," he told me, "but the guests demand it."

The unnecessary refrigeration of America has become a chronic...

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