Interesting, and timely, <a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/garden/23air.html” title=”article at new york times”>article at the NYT</a> that talks about people who go without air conditioning during the summer.<br />n<br />nI agree with lots of the people in the article as well as in the comments. You get used to it, physiologically.<br />n<br />nWe made the conscious decision during the remodel to go without AC upstairs. It gets hot up there a few times a year, but it’s easily mitigated by sleeping downstairs on the fold out couch, which provides a nice change of pace once in a while. And the downstairs stays pretty cool all time time except for extraordinarily hot days.<br />n<br />nA nephew, who works for the local electric utility, <a href=”http://www.pge.com/” title=”PG&E”>PG&E</a>, over the weekend asked how much my PG&E bill is on a monthly basis. When I told him what it had been lately, he seemed dumbstruck. He and his family of four live in a two bedroom apartment and pay about the same as we do. He said that their place never gets above about 74F (23C), his AC is always on. He seemed oddly proud of that fact, added something about using his company’s product, job security. Yeah. Right.