by Texas Homesteader
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When we built our home we wanted to keep our monthly utility bills low. So we were sure to apply as many passive-solar features as we could.
We built the house in a rectangular shape with the longest walls oriented to the north & south. And our larger windows were on the south side of the house. Of course we had a deep overhanging roof on the north-facing porch. We used an open floor plan to have plenty of light throughout the house. Plus we have no windows at all on the hottest west side of our house.
But we implemented other energy-saving features as well. Features such as radiant barrier in the attic & ridge vents on the roof. And one of my favorites – our whole-house fan in the ceiling.
In the spring when the weather begins to heat up or during the fall when the days can be overly warm, the mornings & evenings are often refreshingly cool. On those days we take advantage. We simply open a few windows during those cooler times and turn on our whole-house attic fan.
The fan draws the cooler outside air through the house and then up through the fan and into attic. It can drop the temps in the house to a more comfortable cooler temperature pretty quickly!
Then when the temps outside become close to the temps inside we turn off the fan and close up the windows. We’ve just cooled our house virtually for free since the electricity used to run this fan is minimal and certainly less than our air conditioner!
Here’s the good news: You don’t have to be building a new home to take advantage of these beauties to help keep your own home cooler as well. I found these *whole-house attic fans on Amazon. So inexpensive and not very hard to install.
If you’re looking for more environmentally friendly and inexpensive ways to keep your home cool consider a whole-house attic fan – we love ours!
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- Whole-House Fan – Eco-Friendly Cooling
- Using FREE Solar Energy Instead Of Kitchen Appliances
- Household Utility Conservation: Indoor Water
- Reducing Landfill-Bound Trash
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- MYO Minty Mouthwash
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- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Make A Cute Dish Carrier From Old Jeans
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- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
…and many MORE!
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