Dear WNYC and all conservationists,
I like to think I try pretty hard to help the planet and reduce my carbon footprint. I walk to work (most days). I turn off the water while I brush my teeth. I recycle (even no. 5’s!). I buy environmentally friendly aluminum foil, plastic sandwich bags, and coffee filters. I feel like I do a pretty good job, so PLEASE don’t try to guilt me into turning off my air conditioner during the heat wave. Brian Lehrer did a segment on energy conservation/air conditioning this morning, some of which I happened to catch. First, I heard a guy from Con Ed telling people that they should keep their thermostats at 78 degrees. Admittedly, I’m a wimp when it comes to the heat, but I think most people would agree that 78 is a little high. Then, this other anti-AC guy on the show started advising people to turn off their air conditioners when they’re not home—which I am totally in favor of and do most days, including yesterday. I turned it off at 9:30am and set it to come back on, full force, at 3:30pm (thinking it would cool down the place by 6:30), only to find that our attic apartment was still above 80 degrees at 11pm. So today, our AC has been running in an empty apartment all day, and I feel like a criminal. Thanks a lot, you hippies.
Like I said, I try really hard to be good to the Earth. Can’t you just ease up a little when all I’m trying to do is achieve a little physical comfort?