For anyone new to Late Enough or who doesn’t read my daily posts (WTH?), I gave up air conditioning this summer. Or at least that was the game plan…
We did no AC in May and most of June, but the end of June creeped in as a freaky heat wave. For a week, the temperature stayed in the triple digits. The first day, as I laid down with a bag of ice on my head, I gave my kids their own bowls of ice and said: Have fun very slowly.
I tried to allay the fears of my Facebook friends that we would die of heat stroke by pointing out I’M A DOCTOR, which worked well until I went up to my kids’ bedroom:
So after 7 hot weeks without air-conditioning, I turned it on to 80 degrees TO SAVE THE CHILDREN.
Thus began the Iwashyna AC Wars.
The New Alex Air Conditioning Plan:
- The AC is set to 80 degrees on the floor we are on.
- The AC is off when we were not on that particular floor for extended periods of time there UNLESS it is triple digits for many days in a row. Then I set it to 85-86 degrees.
- We always have fans going in the room we are in plus the one ceiling fan we have in the kids’ bedroom.
- We turn off the AC and open the windows when it’s in the 70s (which is like once a month now UGH)
My theory: We are already adjusted to the heat enough that 80 degrees feels fine, and no AC needed if no one is there. However, I acknowledge that it will take a lot for the AC to get from 95 to 80 so I don’t want it to get too hot on the floor we’re aren’t. Plus, even when we aren’t home, we have 4 indoor cats that I can’t let overheat.
The Scott Air Conditioning Plan:
- Conveniently forget to turn off the AC when waking up or going to bed, and whenever Alex isn’t looking, turn it down the 78 degrees.
My battle plan is to follow Scott around putting the AC back to 80 or turning it off. Our AC is all WTH is wrong with those people, but I will not have all our getting-used-to-the-heat work undone. Plus, I stay up later than him, and I have liberal guilt on my side. I’M WINNING.
I am disappointed that we have our AC on at all though, but before we decide that I’m a complete failure, check this out: With the Alex AC Plan, we are all comfortable (well, 3 out of 4 of us and if we count the cats, it’s 7 out of 8 of us), and our bill was only $19 more than on our no-heat-wave-no-AC month.
HOLY CRAP Y’ALL. I feel like I made money and saved the planet. It’s like the American Dream right here in my 80 degree living room.