"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Thursday 21 January 2016

Eco-friendly air conditioning

I asked on Tuesday if anyone knew what this object in the picture was.
Well, it's my non-power guzzling, eco-friendly air-conditioner.

Also known as a hand held fan.  Operated by humans, not electricity lol  It's all in the wrist movement...

Well done to all those that got it right :)

We haven't got the power to run an air-conditioner, and wouldn't even if we did (we have never had one either).

But, neither we do we need one.

We feel that air-cons don't give you fresh air, they give you recirculated machine air.  

Plus, not living in a town polluted with exhaust fumes / belching who knows what from industry chimney stacks / machines, why on earth would we run an air-con?
Between keeping the doors and windows closed when the temperatures are above 35oC outside (the double glazing definitely works), dressing in the coolest clothing we have (not quite as 'undressed' as you and jam, kymber, but at times we have come pretty close), or using our 40 watt electric table fan, I now have a portable fan - for use anywhere and at any time.

Not mad about the pattern, but hey, it doesn't effect the performance, so what the heck.

(P.S.  Don't tell him I told you, but RMan also has his own eco-friendly air-conditioning fan... tee hee)


  1. Why don't they sell these anymore, best invention ever!

    1. pqsa - They do - look in the Chinese shops - definitely in Swellendam :)

  2. teehee. right now we are in the dead of winter...and because it is cold outside, we have to keep the house heated because WE HATE CLOTHES! so using electric heat (for now - that will change soon), every few hours WE MUST strip off the clothes, open the windows and let the frigid air in...just so that we can breathe.

    but my super jambaloney came up with an even better idea...we have clotheslines hung all over the upper part of the house...and we do laundry EVERY SINGLE DAY...and we don't even wear clothes most of the time! but we handwash towels and such in the bathtub. rinse them in apple cider vinegar and then hang them all over the house. pretty awesome eh? then we can still have fresh, wet and wonderfully-smelling air in the house AND not to have to wear clothes.

    it's a win-win i tell you. but running around naked in the snow between doing rain dances for our friends in south africa...that helps with the dryness as well! no offense but hand-operated fans? schmans that. too much work for us - bahahahahaha! remember - we're genXers - oh bahahahahaha!

    sending much love Dani! your friend,

    1. oh and p.s - we hate air conditioners too and can hardly stand to be in any stores any more...we hate that air conditioned air and always get sick after being in one. thank goodness we don't go to the stores except for once every month/month and a half. and during spring/summer/fall...we don't go at all! xoxox

    2. kymber - Sounds like you and jam have made an excellent plan. I also hang up wet curtains in order for them to act as air-conditioners as the breeze wafts through them.

      Please - don't get exhausted with the rain dances - thankfully, SA has had some rain, although not enough to be meaningful for the farmers. Your continued dancing is greatly appreciated ;)


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