From New York to Nebraska and all points north, south, east, and west, the United States is in the midst of another year of record heat. Yes, another: 15 of the warmest years on record globally have occurred since 2001, and we wouldn’t bet on that trend breaking any time soon. Unfortunately for us — and the planet — one of our primary means of beating the heat is also terrible for climate change. We’re talking about AC.
Air-conditioning in the United States currently accounts for an estimated 5 percent of our annual energy consumption and releases around 100 million tons of atmospheric-warming carbon dioxide into the air each year. In short, the more we use air-conditioning inside, the hotter the planet gets outside. You can see the problem.
Fortunately, there are ways to stay cool without AC — like a low-carbon, low-cost, DIY swamp cooler. Watch the video above to learn how to make your own.
Instructions on how to make your own DIY swamp bucket — we mean, cooler — are below. Thanks to YouTube user desertsun02 for the tutorial.