paul wheaton wrote:In my feeble attempt to be a good site steward, I've been learning to use reddit and tell reddit about stuff here.
I came across something there that says "10 ways to reduce your summer utility bills" and it seemed to be all about brain dead air conditioner stuff.
1) make that summer heat work for you: dry your clothes on a clothes line
3) increase your thermal mass indoors: more stuff inside. The heavier, the better. A greater thermal mass makes for greater thermal inertia. The cool from the evening, or even a few days ago will cool you during the warmest part of the day.
9) put motion detectors on your outside flood lights
paul wheaton wrote:When it comes to a hot water heater, the "on demand" stuff tends to be a bit spendy.
I wonder about something a bit simpler: the next time your hot water heater is shot, replace it with a smaller hot water heater and then set the temp to something higher (safer). Any extra space that the bigger heater used to take, could be replaced with more insulation.
paul wheaton wrote:
2) grow trees around your house