Water conservation saves a ton of resources and electricity even in areas with abundant sources of water, so it is a good idea to be careful in your water use wherever you live.
Here are some things that I learned from my grandmother (who never had air conditioning in her Dover, PA house) and during 6 years living without AC at home in Ithaca, NY.
This aquaponics set-up is the most basic sort: a passive system where the plants’ roots are constantly bathed in liquid rather than pumping water to the roots.
My new favorite companion for wild edible foraging, syrup recipes, and creative preserves is a website called Punk Domestics.
Energy.gov suggests that eliminating phantom draws by disconnecting electronics while not in use could save households up to 10% on electricity.
This year we decided to experiment with building a low tunnel in our community garden plot. The design parameters were 1) something inexpensive and 2) something with components that could be easily stored in our apartment during the off-season.