Is it possible to be energy efficient in hot summer weather?
Of course! There are several ways to save energy and keep cool during the summer. When leaving home in the morning close the blinds and curtains part way to keep the sun out and keep the house cool. Avoid using the oven, use the grill instead – heat up the outside instead of the kitchen. While driving, instead of using the air conditioning put both windows down for a good, cool cross breeze. Use a sun shield in the car to protect the interior and to keep it protected from direct sun that will heat it up. To reduce water use in the summer, plant native species, for example drought-tolerant plants in desert areas. Collect rainwater in barrels and use it to water the lawn. Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, planted drought-tolerant plants and shade trees on campus: vegetation appropriate for a hot, dry climate. The shade trees provide a cool place for students to relax.