Temperatures are rising, and that means shorts weather, beach vacations, and grilling. It also means a general feeling of sweatiness and the urge to crank the old air conditioner.
Unless you’re powering your home with alternative energy, chances are you’re getting the electricity for the A/C from the power grid, and here in the U.S. that means predominantly one thing: coal. Those high summer power bills from blasting the air drives up demand for coal, which means more mountaintop removal mining and more air pollution. Boo on that!
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One of the easiest ways to stay comfortable in the summer without using so much coal-fired power is to cool your body from the inside out, and that means lots of cold glasses of water! If you’re getting a little tired of downing glass after glass of plain old H2O, try some of these healthy, cooling, summer mocktails instead!
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