Energy Diary

Cooling without power

2nd District, Budapest, Hungary • Lőrincné (Kati) Unger, 75, retired since 2005.

Living on a tight budget, Kati looks for ways to stay cool without using electricity.

Rather than turn on a fan — which she says is worth nothing when it is 35ºC to 40ºC outside — she props open windows to keep a cross-breeze flowing.

In the afternoons, she waters the small garden behind her building to help cool the temperature for everyone.

 © Janos Kummer

© Janos Kummer

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