Air Conditioning and Moderation: Tip for Sustainable Living

Therefore strive that your actions day by day
may be beautiful prayers.

Monthly tips about sustainable living are designed to inspire you to adapt them to your personal circumstances and locale and to help you generate other ideas about how to live a more responsible life, socially and environmentally. If we all pitch in by individually reducing our consumption and adopting a simpler life, we can collectively mitigate the severity of climate change, reduce human suffering, and keep the Earth a livable place for future generations.—CHRISTINE MULLER

Air Conditioning and Moderation

Yet another sacred duty is that of clinging to the cord of moderation in all things, lest they who are to be the essence of detachment and moderation be deluded by the trappings of this nether world or set their hearts on its adornments and waste their lives.
—The Universal House of Justice, letter dated February 10, 1980, to Iranian Bahá’ís resident in other countries throughout the world

In a warming world, air conditioning is becoming increasingly important and can be a life saver. However, cooling the air requires a lot of energy. If you are lucky to get your energy from solar panels on your roof, that is great. Most of us, though, are still relying on fossil fuels for the energy we use. Burning fossil fuels produces carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and also make heat waves even worse. In addition, air conditioning blows hot air outdoors and contributes to heating our cities, towns, and villages. So what can we do to live more sustainably? We can exercise moderation. It is summer, after all, and a little sweat never hurt anyone. We don’t need to be so cool that we need to put on a sweater or a long-sleeved shirt. Considering air conditioning from the point of view of moderation, we can use it to take the edge off the heat and to lower the temperature to a degree that people, particularly the very young and very old, do not suffer or get sick. Even if we are not turning our homes into refrigerators and are buying clean energy from hydro, wind, or solar power, we should still be using air conditioning only when it is necessary, for energy from renewable sources is not as powerful as that from fossil fuels. We need to make moderation a genuine part of our lives.


Eat Food That Is in Season
Save and Reuse Produce Bags


Why Eat Organic?
Eat Lower on the Food Chain
Considering Social Justice in Making Food Choices
Give Up Bottled Water—Go Back to the Tap!
Eat Less Beef

Shower Less—Cleanliness in the 21st Century
Avoid Plastics
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances
Recycle Right!
Avoid Single-Use (Disposable) Items
Save Money, Save the Planet by Insulating Your House
Go Solar!
Hang Your Laundry Out to Dry for the Children of the World
Buy Clean Energy
Do a Home Energy Audit!
Search as Service on the Web (Use Ecosia and Plant a Tree)
Clean Safely—Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Your House
Air Conditioning and Moderation

The Bees and We
Ethical and Easy Lawns
The Joy of Gardening
Do Not Kill—Avoid Toxic Weed Killers in Your Garden and Yard

Let’s Go for a Walk or Bike Ride or Car Pool to Meetings
Do Not Idle Your Vehicle
Use a local Car-Share Service

Purchase Mindfully—Do I Really Need it?
Shop Smart, Buy in Bulk
Buy Second-Hand Clothing
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags
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