It turns out that going without air conditioning is all the rage these days; even the New York Times says so (via Path to Freedom). The article suggests that passing up artificial cooling can save households $2000 or more, help people get thin, and bring families together... pretty good! It turns out that by using fans at night and closing up the house during the day life can actually keep things livable, and when the interior temperature is closer to what you have outside it's actually possible to go outside on a summer day without immediately dying or, you know, melting or something.
Unfortunately, we've been AC-less for some time now, so I guess that means we're as thin and family-unified as we're likely to get. Maybe the electric company could send us that $2000 as a gesture of thanks for our sacrifice?