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The Green Life: Beat the Heat -- Dress for the Weather

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August 19, 2008

Beat the Heat -- Dress for the Weather

Has the summer heat got you hot and bothered? Stay tuned for this week's tips for staying cool.

Tip #2: Dress for the Weather

Stay comfortable in hot weather with lightweight, loose-fitting fabrics like linen or hemp. Most of us manage this pretty well on weekends, but what about during the workweek? In extreme heat, the traditional suit and tie feels unfashionably warm. The United Nations' New York headquarters has ditched the business suit requirement, opting instead to save energy by raising the AC five degrees. Some companies are taking the idea even further and allowing employees to wear shorts to the office.

Share your tips: Is your workplace climate-sensitive? Have you convinced your boss or building manager to adjust the thermostat? Tell us how you stay cool and save energy during the summer.

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