Jesse Culp

(The late Jesse Culp was a radio broadcaster, ad man and longtime columnist for the Advertiser-Gleam. This column ran in September of 1999.)

I recently read the results of a survey which revealed that in 1997, the average American household used about as much energy for air conditioning as it did for heating.

That didn’t surprise me. And in fact, considering the mild winter we had this past season and the record-breaking heat we’ve had this summer, I suspect we’ve used a lot more energy for air conditioning than we did for heating this time.

Nearly 75 percent of all U.S. households have air conditioning – probably a larger percentage here in the South.

It’s hard today for young people to really know how to appreciate this modern marvel. But those of us middle aged or older certainly can.

When I was growing up on the farm, we would come in from the fields hot and dirty, and the best we could hope for was a “cool” shade.

It if was mealtime, the house was heated up from cooking with a wood burning stove that was hotter than blazes. We were lucky if we had a chunk of ice to chip some pieces off to cool our drinks.

All of this, though, brings back too many unpleasant memories from the good old days. I believe I’d rather hunker up to a cool air vent and enjoy what today’s technology makes possible.

And I’ll try hard to keep my cool when that bodacious electric bill arrives.

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