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Cool Off & Control Emissions with a Soleus Portable Air Conditioner

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Air conditioning is one of the world's most troublesome ecological dilemmas. Electric companies all over the world are rationing to try control energy, which presents a problem for those trying to survive in hot conditions. The elderly, children, chronically ill, and yes, even pets suffer and sometime die from exposure to excessive heat.

A rolling blackout is often referred to as load shedding. This is an intentionally engineered electrical power shutdown where electricity delivery is stopped for a predetermined period of time. It takes place over different areas and regions, and generally occurs when the demand for electricity exceeds the power supply.

In many developing countries, rolling blackouts are a normal daily event. In developed countries they are more rare but as noted below occurring more and more.

  • In 2011, Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. started rationing power throughout much of the Kanto plain.
  • In 2004-05, the chronic shortage of electricity in India forced electricity suppliers to employ rolling blackouts.
  • In 2008 and continuing presently, Pakistan began nation-wide rolling blackouts. There are places in Pakistan where people are without electricity for 20 hours per day.

Rolling blackouts aren't an uncommon way to ration electricity. For years, countries have employed this measure.

  • Canada: 2012
  • Poland: 1979 - 1982
  • Ireland: 1970's - 1980's
  • South Africa: 1980's - present
  • Tajikistan: 2008
  • United Kingdom: 1974
  • United States: 2000 - present

Writer Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times reports "Nearly all the world's booming cities are in the tropics and will be home to an estimated one billion new consumers by 2025. As temperatures rise, they--and we--will use more air-conditioning."

This unavoidable crisis is like a double-edged sword. We use air conditioning to stay healthy and comfortable, but at the same time, we are depleting our energy supply, the ozone layer and contributing to the carbon footprint.

A Global Problem

LA Times World Report indicates that last year more than 600 million people in India were heavily affected by grid failure for a the inability to meet electricity demands. The need for electricity is so strong that it's not unusual for India's electrical grids to fall short. Trains stopped leaving people stranded. Small and local hospitals had to postpone procedures due to a lack of lighting. The only hospitals left operating were those with backup generators. Miners stayed trapped underground, and Subway lines stood paralyzed.

According to Japan Today, blackouts continue as the government asks four power utility plants to make plans for rolling blackouts in July of 2013, just in case the demand reaches 99% capacity.

Power shortages are also having a profound effect on the United States. In some states, high humidity levels make staying cool that much harder. According to NBC News and the Washington Post, California reported 83 heat related deaths due to rolling blackouts in 2006. In 2011, Texas reported 13 deaths for the same reason.

With energy, consumption being a major problem all over the world, more engineers and manufacturers of cooling products are trying to develop products that generate a cooler environment without expending too much electricity. One of the primary causes of electricity shortage is over usage. Through product development and growing technology, a reduction in energy utilization is achievable.

How Soleus Helps

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Soleus portable air conditioners provide low watt, energy efficient cooling that's quite effective. Innovators in the AC industry, Soleus works to create an efficient product that keeps you comfortable in a low cost way. The average Soleus portable AC uses 1100-1300 watts of energy.

This is a low energy resource, and when temperatures are high, it's a great way to cool off the home. Most options include some kind of a timer that automatically shuts the AC off after a period of time, thus conserving energy, and a R410a refrigerant to help controls emissions and protect the ozone layer.

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Today, scientist's are scrambling to come up with a more efficient AC and better coolant gases to minimize electricity use and emissions. However, studies show that human need outweighs new advances.

Portable AC's, window AC's and personal fans are great ways to help create a cooler environment for those who need it without using too much energy. If there is a rolling blackout in your area, following a few cautionary rules can help you stay comfortable until the electricity is turned back on.

  • Drink lots of water
  • Wet your hair
  • Take a cool bath
  • Wear a water-soaked bandana or place a cool cloth around your neck
  • Keep a spray bottle of water in the refrigerator
  • Freeze water for later use
  • Stay in the lowest part of the home
  • Close window blinds and curtains to keep the sun out
  • If your home is too hot to remain, then head for a local pool or library

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