It’s time to fess up. I confess that after moving to our new, but much older home (built in 1928) four years ago; this is the first night that my bedroom has being artificially cooled. Even here, in the confines of Buffalo, NY, often heralded for our frigid temps, the summer heat has become stifling.
Today, my long time co-worker, Charlie offered me a “test drive” of his used 8000 BTU window air conditioning unit. He no longer needed it as his home is now equipped with central air. Reluctantly I accepted, cringing with the pangs of hypocrisy. For after all, few expound the benefits of a green lifestyle with more exuberance than yours truly. My rationalization was sound or so I told myself. I’m not purchasing the air conditioner new and some day adding to a landfill.
Well, I lugged the unit home and with the help of my two sons managed to place it in my bedroom window without breaking any glass or my back. Now, hermetically sealed away from my family, I post this guilt ridden tell all. I must admit to being a tad cooler than the past few nights but I find the incessant roar generating from the unit a bit irritating. I’m best lulled to sleep by the rotating hum from the churning blades of my ceiling fan. My bigger fear is that some time tonight, the “green gods” will exact their revenge and the unsecured AC unit will tumble down from my second story window and crash into my car in the driveway below.
While striving to live a greener lifestyle, all of us are confronted with choices each and every day that impact the environment. Even those of us that shout “BE GREEN” the most sometimes discover our actions don’t always correlate to what we preach.
Tomorrow, I am returning Charlie’s 8000 BTU unit back to him.