I was just perusing our federal government’s [rather limited] tax credits for homeowner energy-conservation measures. I was somewhat unhappy to see that we give credits for purchasing “energy-efficient” A/C systems. And even more unhappy to see that this credit ($300) is twice the credit for energy-efficient heat furnaces ($150). And did I get any tax credits for the three $30, 100W window fans that I use instead of A/C? Nooo.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to pay people $500 to have no A/C? Or give such people free fans? Or at least a letter of merit? One has to suspect the long arm of the A/C industry lobby when you see these sorts of things.