Cheapskates Guide to Surviving w/out AC

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    • #19735
      Josefina Arenas
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      Loved Daisy’s article today.  One thing we did to cut the amount of heat in the house was to strategically plant trees to the SW, which is where the bulk of the sun comes in on summer days.  In the winter, the leaves fall off, so any solar gain can be realized.

       

    • #19742
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      Good thinking!

      People in those hot regions need to take note.

      And those living in CA, as the governor noted that the states energy utility may cut the power for days and even up to a week in high wind/fire prone conditions.

    • #19753
      namelus
      Participant

      Don’t cheap out on insulation. Use natural draws and venting. Ie draw through we shaded soil and vent roof using hot air rises cool air is on ground.

       

      R60 house all walls windows and roof. Hay bale adobe,igloos and LEED platinum design.

    • #19762
      Josefina Arenas
      Participant

      Namelus–good tip!  Another thing we’ve found to cut the heat is to have grass/greenery around the house.  It lowers the temperatures considerably.  Like Daisy, we’ve used lots of ceiling fans and box fans.  If you’re in a dry climate, draping a wet towel in front of the fan producing evaporative cooling.

    • #19766
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      I wonder if you can do something similar to what Namelus is suggesting if you have a cellar/basement. Without using electricity.

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