I shared in fun today a game Laura and I play twice a year entitled, How cold and how warm you can get. We try to leave the heat pump off until May, just when we are flirting with three digit temps. It got to 85 in the house yesterday afernoon and right now at 3:30 pm it is 84. Its a great game of endurance and silliness that every penny pincher should enjoy.
It really underlines for me how hard desert living must have been pre AC, and around much of the world that deals with it the same way with fans and closed shades.