In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact on the East Coast, there has been contentious debate regarding whether or not we can attribute climate change to such a powerful storm. In fact, Bloomberg Businessweek didn’t pull any punches when it pummeled readers with its brash cover story.
But regardless of your stance on the issue, we can all agree that climate affects how we experience the world whether we’re at play, work, or leisure.
Although Sandy is an extreme and unfortunate example, it does serve to remind us that we are all susceptible to climate. Even in the simplest, most unexpected ways, weather has an impact on our daily lives. Take, for example, your home energy costs. This summer was one of the hottest in history; June alone broke 170 U.S. heat records nationwide, records that were established in the traditionally hotter months of July and August. How did your home cooling efforts go during the summer? More importantly, how were your home cooling costs? As we move into winter, your pocket book may see some relief, but keeping the house warm during the cold months presents another set of problems altogether.