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A blast of cool air can be refreshing when the temperature starts to climb, but the financial, environmental and health implications of air conditioning may have you adjusting the thermostat.
• AC is 16 percent of total electricity used in a home, and in warm regions, AC can account for 60 percent to 70 percent of your summer electricity bill. • One-sixth of all electricity consumed in the U.S. is for air conditioning, and where does that electricity come from? Mostly from fossil fuels that pollute the planet and contribute to global warming. • AC may contribute to obesity by keeping the body in the thermoneutral zone, a temperature range in which we don’t burn calories.
Take MNN’s No-AC Challenge! Here’s how it works.

A blast of cool air can be refreshing when the temperature starts to climb, but the financial, environmental and health implications of air conditioning may have you adjusting the thermostat.

• AC is 16 percent of total electricity used in a home, and in warm regions, AC can account for 60 percent to 70 percent of your summer electricity bill.
 • One-sixth of all electricity consumed in the U.S. is for air conditioning, and where does that electricity come from? Mostly from fossil fuels that pollute the planet and contribute to global warming.
 • AC may contribute to obesity by keeping the body in the thermoneutral zone, a temperature range in which we don’t burn calories.

Take MNN’s No-AC Challenge! Here’s how it works.

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