We, in Southern Ontario, have just experienced our first heat wave. Temperatures hit the mid 30s C (mid eighties Fahrenheit) and humidex reading that were in the 40s C (over 100 Fahrenheit).
Perhaps because we have had an unusually cool and wet May, this has hit us hard. I was out showing a number of properties early yesterday afternoon and on an appointment where I had to walk a rolling rural property later yesterday afternoon and returned home dripping about 7:30 pm. Both my wife and I had a cool shower when we came home and found it very refreshing.
My wife and I made the choice (much harder for her) to resist turning on the air conditioner during this hot spell. Our reasoning was that though the temperatures were very hot during the day, no one was home, and that our home, a ranch bungalow with oversized windows, tends to catch any breeze and can cool down fairly quickly once the sun sets.
We left most windows open and when Helen arrived home she also opened the front and patio doors. Our house cooled down from 88 Fahrenheit when Helen arrived home (at about 5:00 pm) to 78 Fahrenheit when we retired for the night. On days that it is warmer, we also have the option of a shower (or very soon - a dip in our pool) and then turning on ceiling fans (which are in every bedroom and two in the kitchen).
Southern Ontario was not nearing peak electrical usage yesterday, but in the hot days to come, might... Keeping the air conditioner turned off will result in some monetary savings in our household but is also good for our electrical grid and Our Planet.
We were lucky, this time, that though it was hot, there was a breeze... I cannot promise that we will not use the air conditioner this year, but we will try to resist using it when other means to keep our cool will suffice.
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage