Save Money, Fight Climate Change: 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

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Cracked, dry ground is seen where a pond normally stands on the property of Ray Mercer in Crossville, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Mercer said he had lived on the property over 50 years and this was the second time the pond had dried up. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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President Obama's climate change speech on Tuesday laid out a few plans for cutting carbon emissions. Simultaneously ambitious and vague, it proposed the creation of caps on the carbon produced by power plants but punted on the details. According to the president's speech, limits will be hammered out over the next two and a half years.

Summer Money Savers
Summer Money Savers

Even in the absence of specifics, though, it seems likely that carbon caps on power plants will translate into higher electric bills. For anyone who has watched power bills rise over the past few years, this should come as no surprise: Electricity is getting more expensive, even as temperatures seem to be climbing ever higher.

For someone hoping to keep cool this summer, then, the problem is twofold: on the one hand, you need to find ways to cool off. On the other, you want to do so without powering up your air conditioner and totally draining your wallet. So why not try one of these techniques.

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