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10 Design Tips To Use Less Air Conditioning

9. Don’t cook hot food inside

There is a reason our ancestors built summer kitchens: those stoves put out a lot of heat and you didn’t want them in your house in summer. Outside summer kitchens are all the rage in the luxury house/McMansion set as well. It really makes no sense to run a stove inside, just to then spend money to run air conditioning to remove the heat again. So get a gas barbecue and grill your vegetables, take advantage of farmers’ markets to get fresh stuff, and eat lots of salad.

(More on Summer Kitchens: WWOO Outdoor Kitchen Is Truly A Wow!)

10. Make the Right Choices

John’s graph from the Florida Solar Energy Center says it all. When the weatherization contractors come to get you to insulate your house (the most expensive thing you can do to save energy), you can show them that this makes no sense, as only 7% of the cooling load is coming through the walls. A couple of hours with a caulking gun to reduce infiltration would do more.

When they tell you that you need to install expensive new low-e tinted windows, remember that an awning or a shutter is more sophisticated and flexible: you have the choice whether to let the sun in or not.

Tape up your ducts, turn off your computers and save your money. The simple, low-tech tried and true methods cost less, save more energy and work forever.


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10:20PM PDT on Jul 9, 2013


4:53AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Air conditioning is rare in Poland anyway. It may be used in some companies, but hardly anyone has it at home.

3:08AM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

thankyou very much. will definitely be using most of these when I buy my house

2:02PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

For new construction I would suggest using passive design, thermocycle walls and a solar chimney to exhaust internal heat. An earth-sheltered home is also a good option, with that type of construction also providing protection from fires, tornadoes and other types of disasters.

1:27PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Thank you

12:48PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

very awesme; thanks! : D

6:50AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012


12:06AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Really good ideas.

10:08PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

Great ideas. It's ironic that in our sophisticated age we are turning back to old remedies, natural foods and simple eco friendly products.

12:50PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012


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