Sometimes I feel like I am not like most of the other academics I know. For one thing, I like to watch TV (when I have time). I don't mean I like to sit and watch trashy programs all day or anything- H, D, and I actually watch a lot of PBS and Discovery HD Theater (yes, have HDTV, and a satellite dish, too). I have some colleagues who don't seem interested in TV- or movies for that matter. This is something I really feel in the minority on. Today, I discovered another one: air conditioning. There are at least four or five people at work who either don't have air conditioning in their homes or have it and don't use it. I really don't understand this. I lived in southern California for almost 10 years and never had A/C because I was near the beach. It wasn't that hot, so we really didn't need it. Now, here in SW Ohio it can get really hot and sticky in the summer. We're having unseasonably warm weather right now (more like August) and today it was 91ºF with a heat index of 97ºF (because of the high humidity). Now, call me crazy, but if I have A/C, I am sure as hell going to turn it on today! My colleagues at work don't seem to agree. I just don't understand- if you have A/C, why be so opposed to turning it on? Is it the energy usage? I am all for reducing energy use and reliance on fossil fuel sources of it, but I draw the line when it come to A/C- I cannot stand to be hot- I wouldn't be able to sleep. Even with the A/C on we are usually warm at night!
So my question is this- a) do you have air conditioning in your home, and b) do you use it. If it isn't hot where you live, than I can understand not having/using it. If not, help me understand this attitude of pretending that it isn't hot. Lots of people in Europe DIED a few years ago because they didn't have air conditioning and there was a heat wave!