Sign Your AC Is On Too High

Pizza Hut AC Sign

I saw this sign on the door of a Pizza Hut in West Virginia, a few weeks ago.  Apparently they only have two A/C settings: “Off” and “Bring Your Jacket”.  Fortunately, many of the rest of us have non-binary air conditioning, and can choose a more comfortable indoor temperature.

What with the heat in DC right now, there are plenty of thing you can do to feel cooler, without setting your A/C on “igloo”.  Drink icy things.  Wear a skirt.  If you’re not man enough to wear a skirt, try shorts.  Take cool showers.  If you must go outside and have a choice on attire, wear gym clothes- they’re more comfortable to sweat in anyway.  Keep your curtains and blinds drawn during the day, to insulate you from the outdoor heat, and prevent sunlight from sneaking in to warm up your interior.  Stay near a fan- moving air will cool you down, and assist your central A/C in moving cool air to the entire house.

More energy saving tips courtesy of the California Energy Commission.  They recommend keeping the AC at 78 degrees or higher, depending on how you can handle it.  Every degree you can raise your thermostat saves you about 1-3% of your energy bill, in the summer.  And right about now, 78 is a cool breeze, compared to the armpit that awaits you outside of your front door.

5 Responses to “Sign Your AC Is On Too High”

  1. 1 Katie June 15, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Wow. That’s pretty sad.

    78 is wayyyy cold for us – we prefer to keep it set around 82 (but then again, we don’t have humidity out here, so it doesn’t creep into the warm house).

  2. 2 Jaynee June 17, 2008 at 10:14 am

    78 to 80 is my preferred setting, but living with a couple of large males means that I often lose the digital argument. Happily, they are satisfied with a few degrees, so our thermostat never sees those polar cap temps. This weekend, with our heavy chocolate drapes pulled in the family room, I had to remind the girls that if they had to turn on a light to play, they were in the wrong room. Kudos to these sensible people with sensible tips, for they must have sprung from the same thrifty German and English root stock that defined my childhood.

  3. 3 Dennis June 17, 2008 at 11:21 am

    It might be funny at the Pizza Hut, but it’s not that funny when my daughter has to bring a warm sweater to her school when the outside temperature is over 90 here in Howard County, MD.

    And that’s why they get lung infections in the summer. All those sick days, and Howard County still insists on remote controlling the air conditioner from the central control at the Board of Education building in the next town.

    The teachers solve the problem by running their space heaters and opening the doors and windows on those hot spring days.

    Can you see our tax dollars just flying out the window?

    What about your town?

    Dennis Meizys
    Maryland Green Power Co.
    (working on a solution to this insane mismanagement of resources)

  4. 4 virescent June 17, 2008 at 11:40 am

    In my office building, the AC is constantly pumping 60 degree air on us. I’ve had the vents in my office blocked, so it’s less awful, but I still wear a big coat at my desk. At home, the housemates have decided to keep things between 65 and 70, so I’ve had to put blankets back on my bed.

    So I haven’t got any control over my interior air tempteratures anywhere, due to first bureaucracy and then democracy. 80 sure does sound nice. 85, as long as it’s not humid? Maybe one day when I have a thermostat of my own…

  1. 1 High Efficiency Air Conditioner | The Power of Being Green Trackback on June 17, 2008 at 11:13 am

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