What to do this summer:

Extend Your Living Space onto the patio or deck.

Make additions which increase comfort & reduce energy costs.

Add Shade in the right places with the right tree.

An improved variety of bradford pear is generally the best choice!

Take advantage of the home's orientation to maximize comfort & efficiency. The south-facing side of the home is usually the most beneficial place for outdoor space.

Purchase a dehumidifier now not just for the basement, but one for the first floor, too!

Lower humidity levels in summer are great for people and buildings.

First, enjoy your summer!

Views: 340

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Great and wonderful advise.

I'm curious about your rationale for suggesting a dehumidifier for the first floor.  Is that climate-specific advice?

Here in Kansas, some friends of mine thought they would save energy by using a room-size dehumidifier instead of their central air conditioner.  Not only did it make the house oppressively hot, it used more energy than the central air.  It is my experience that if a house is both hot and humid, central air will invariably be more efficient and more satisfactory than a dehumidifier.

You say "the southside is usually best" -- best for what?  Frying eggs?

I would add to your list, close curtains on south- and west-facing windows during the day.

LOL, isn't it amazing how one can tell that someone sure doesn't live anywhere close based on their advice?

 

Tom, If you don't take a BPI class or something we'all are going to find a Dick Chenny website and start uploading conversations about bird hunting. 

Bill, you kinda lost me on that one, but I've learned agree with anything you say. Have a great weekend, t

RSS

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Twitter

Latest Activity

Tom White's video was featured

Residential Energy+ - Rocky Mountain Institute from James Brown Media on Vimeo.

Residential Energy+ Rocky Mountain Institute

Residential Energy+ is a Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) initiative enabling industry actors to capture the $150 billion residential energy upgrades market opportunity, and meet the top unmet demand among homeowners: improved home energy performance.
25 minutes ago
Tom White posted a video
15 hours ago
Chris Stratton liked Kim Tanner's discussion Game of Homes
15 hours ago
Amber Vignieri posted a blog post
22 hours ago
ofer ben -nathan added a discussion to the group HVAC
yesterday
ofer ben -nathan joined Allison A. Bailes III's group
Thumbnail

HVAC

HVAC design, Manuals J, S, T, & D, Duct leakage, Air flow, ENERGY STAR new home requirements,…See More
yesterday
Mary Knox replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Game of Homes
"Sounds interesting. I will definitely try it."
yesterday
Judy Roberson joined Norm Bourassa's group
Thumbnail

Multifamily Buildings

For too long there has been relatively little EE focus on multifamily, but some new programs have…See More
yesterday

© 2016   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service