Most families on the Pacific Coast in Washington do not have air conditioning in their house. So this is very hot weather for us as projected for this week in the chart below:
While this is probably not noteworthy in much of the United States, I can tell you it is scorching weather for us. I argued against AC in our house for a number of years until I realized, I’m at an AC workplace and Suzy was in a hot house! After extensive research we purchased a heat pump which saves us money when we heat and cool the house. My manager Kate said that as the temp continues to break records that we will be very happy that we purchased the heat pump when we did.
My mom had the same challenge convincing Dad. I’m guessing that as the temps soar this Summer, Dad is going to be very thankful they invested the money to get a heat pump too. The cost to cool the house has not been catastrophic because we save money in the winter time and we don’t water our grass (allowing it to go dormant in the Summer) which saves us about $300 a month. We also have mostly indigenous plants in our yard which means we rarely, if ever, water the yard. And still the hydrangeas are blooming, the fruit trees thriving, and the Cypress trees growing 4 to 6 feet a year.