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Old 07-25-2013, 10:07 AM  
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You could probably buy curtains?



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I'm thinking of adding solar blinds. Anyone have them? Do they work?
There's a doctor I've worked for who has huge windows on the front of his house, he replaced the window screens with solar screening and said you wouldn't believe the difference it made. He bought the material at Lowe's and did it himself.


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Cool, I'll check it out.

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Trees. On really hot days, a fan on the shady side blowing in, a fan on the sunny side blowing out. Windows open during the cool night, closed and shades drawn during the hot day. Eventually we're going to put vents and small fans in the heat ducts to draw the very very cold air out of the basement and circulate it through the house. We haven't even put our window ACs in the last two years.

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The best thing you can do is plant some leaf-bearing trees (like maples) on your south side as near the house as possible. These will shade the house in the summer and allow sun in during the winter months. Shade is a really big factor - on our north screen porch we had grape vines covering the west side and it was always nice and cool. The cat wrecked the screen and I had to remove vines to repair this. Now, without the shade on that west side, the porch is not nearly as cool.

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How are you guys keeping cool while still looking at the cost of cooling?

Anyone have any good ideas on things that don't run on electricity?
I work from home on my computer with two monitors. All that equipment gives off a lot of heat. I started using a car air flow cushion on my plastic chair. What a difference.
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I work from home to and my electric bill reflects that.

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Our electric company has a program called 'smart hours'. From 2-7 we set our temp at 84 and they jack up the rates. It turns out we save about $25 to $45 / month since the rates at all other times are significantly lower. My computer room gets a little uncomfortable so I run a little fan. With the cushion it's not too bad.

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This year is the first year I have run the AC almost non-stop. I saved money over the winter expecting the extra car payment for the summer and it is worth it. I love having a cool house when it is over 100 outside.

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Same here. My wife is a stay at home, so the AC never shuts off. We put in some curtain which are helping out at the peek hours, but it's still so hot.



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