On days when the mercury hits 90 degrees and keeps rising, it’s almost instinctive to reach for the HVAC control. Most folks in the US, especially in warm, humid states, can’t imagine life without their air conditioning. But A/C has only been in use in private houses for the past 80 years. How did human beings beat the heat before then, and what can this teach us about environmentally friendly cooling for our homes today?
The enthusiasm from the community members present could be felt as the sun began to shine throughout Council District 9. Councilmember Curren Price and his staff are committed to improving the quality of life for those who call CD9 home, and that includes the addition of green space and planting trees in residential and business corridors.
The city of Scotts Valley recently became the first city in Santa Cruz County to participate in the Renovate America and the HERO programs, which help residents find a way to finance energy efficient projects on their properties, which includes the planting of shade trees.
Newsweek reported that Sacramento discovered that shaded buildings use 25 to 40 percent less energy during the summer, averting power overloads. That’s why, over the past two decades, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has subsidized the planting of more than 500,000 trees.