I love it when the summer is here. I don't even mind if it is hot. We here in the Northwest have a nine-month fall every year, so when summer comes, you had better relish it, not bitch about it.
But when you cook from scratch like I do, it can be a bit of a bother. Cooking inside raises the heat of the house, and I can see nothing stupider on this planet than baking something in the oven while running the air conditioner (not that I run the air conditioner, I am an avowed tightwad).
Cooking is different in the summer. Barbecues are there for a reason. Pumping heat into the external environment doesn't keep you up at night sweating. There is also your camping gear that can keep the heat out where it belongs. The truth of the matter is, if you use your camping gear in the city, you look less stupid getting running up in the woods.
Treating your house as a thermodynamic problem will allow you to understand the environment and energy use in a more fundamental level. One of the big reasons that we, as a country, have such enormous energy expenditures is that we have simply forgotten about the realities of heat transfer and energy use.
It has been a great party, but I think that if we are going to devise a society to survive the storm times, we will have to take advantage of things. Keeping heat in and out of places will become an increasingly important part of our lives. In the past fifty years we have reduces our thoughts and knowledge about this fundamental need to a "just flip the switch and don't think about it" mentality.