Keep Cool for Less With Solar A/C

Learn more about solar air conditioning
Learn more about solar air conditioning

Earth-conscious homeowners looking to keep cool this summer without breaking the carbon bank, listen up. As of late last month, LG introduced the world's first mass-marketed solar-assisted air conditioning unit and promoted it using sexy, mini-skirted models.

Attaching a small solar panel to a traditional A/C unit, the hybrid unit is estimated to prevent 466 pounds of carbon dioxide over 10 years from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent of growing 780 pine trees, according to the Korea Times.

Considering how energy-inefficient traditional air-conditioning units are, LG's hybrid could be an environmental breakthrough. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), an environmental think tank based in Washington, D.C, reports that home air-conditioning currently accounts for 5 percent of all energy produced in the U.S., approximately 140 million tons of carbon dioxide.