One of the most common conversations in the Midwest and Northeast this summer is the number and frequency of heat waves. Already data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the first six months of this year were the hottest in over a century. “The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, which is 2.0°F above the 20th century average. The June temperatures contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since record keeping began in 1895,” concluded NOAA.

The prolonged high temperatures and lack of rain especially in the Midwest has caused corn prices to rise. But for most consumers a major concern remains how to stay cool while keeping green. Modern lifestyle is built on a series of inventions that require energy, such as refrigeration, air conditioning, lighting and motor vehicles. What is well less recognized is that the process of transmitting and using energy especially in heating and cooling homes can be quite inefficient. Full article

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