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.
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.