Thursday, August 28, 2008
I don't care sun, it's getting warm in here!
I know, it's a corny title but appropriate for my energy tip today. This may sound somewhat simplistic but have you ever thought about how much money goes out of your house by CLOSED windows? Think about it, have you gone over to a window that is facing the current sunny side of the house and felt the warmth? I know if you live in a cold winter state, or country, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. You feel all warm and toasty and all that cold outside is just that-outside! Right? WRONG! There is an old adage that says 'HEAT TO COLD', which simply means that the hot area is going to migrate to the colder area in the quest of seeking neutrality of temperatures. Now the reality of this using your windows. Allowing the sun into your house is allowing the suns radiant heat into your house. In wintertime your helping your heater warm the house, of course when the sun moves away your house will try to heat the outdoors. In a hot climate it is cooler indoors but the heat radiating indoors is taxing your air conditioning to try to maintain coolness as the heat tries to achieve a parity indoors.
There are many steps you can take to reduce heat/cold loss in your house. The simplest is just watch your windows and adjust the shades to the sun depending on what you want from it. Hot climate? Shade the sunny side and open shades on the shady, non-sunny sides. Cold climate? Open those sunny side shades and close the colder sides till the sun gets there. The goal is to save as much money as you can without spending anything.
I hope this tip will be helpful, even to just one person.