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Beat the Heat Efficiently: DIY Sustainable AC under $20


It is summertime and the weather is sweltering. What do you do to stay cool? Maybe try one of these DIY sustainable AC you can make for under $20!

The 5 Gallon bucket

What you need:

5 Gallon Bucket w/ Top
Bucket Liner or bait bucket that can fit inside the 5 gallon bucket (serves as an insulator)
2” PVC Pipe long enough to cut into 4-6” sections
Small Electric Fan that has a removable base so it can sit flush against the bucket (6-10” fan)

Tools Used:
Box Cutter/Utility Knife
2 1/8” and 2 1/4” hold saw bits

-Drill 2-1/4″ holes in the bucket to support the exhaust ports.
-Drill 2-1/8″ holes in the insulating liner that goes inside the bucket which also hold the exhaust ports.
-Cut a hole in the bucket lid so your fan sits flush against the opening.
-Insert exhaust PVC ports. May require glue.
-Insert loose ice, ice packs, or frozen gallon jug into the bucket.
-Connect the lid and place the fan flush to blow air into the bucket.
-Turn on the fan and feel the cold air blowing from the exhaust ports.

Get the fan here on Amazon!

The Cooler

One bag of ice
One rubber dryer tube
One Styrofoam/or Plastic cooler
One desk fan

1. Dump all that ice into your little cooler.
2. After tracing around your plastic dryer tube, cut a hole in the lid of the cooler with a knife. Cut a hole for the fan
3. Stick the tube in the hole. Place the face of the fan in the second.
4. Turn fan on

DIY A/C is portable so take them with you wherever you go!

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These cost effective solutions are a great way to beat the summer heat. And these are only a couple ideas there are so many great ideas that could be a possibility for you if you have solar panels or even as little as a fan, copper, wire and ice!

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