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Opinion: In a Warming Climate, San Diego Must Change How its Homes Are Cooled
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Opinion: In a Warming Climate, San Diego Must Change How its Homes Are Cooled

Elise Gout urges San Diegans to switch to electric heat pumps—a relatively new technology that operates efficiently and at lower costs to consumers.

Growing up in San Diego, I was often told that the breeze rolling off the Pacific is “Mother Nature’s air conditioning.” But at the rate that the planet is warming, ocean breezes will be no match for San Diego’s new normal.

This September was one of the hottest in recent history, with Escondido and Ramona seeing temperatures as high as 102 degrees, Chula Vista reaching 96 and Oceanside hitting 95. Even in my corner of Encinitas, I found myself with midnight sweat, watching the ceiling fan work overtime.

The above excerpt was originally published in Times of San Diego. Click here to view the full article.

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Elise Gout

Former Senior Policy Analyst


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