Re: [hreg] Quick energy fixes or upgrades for new house?
- We also harvest rain water. We have never put in any extra fittings or gutters, we just brought barrels and placed them where the most run off from the roof is.
We bought some from different sites on the internet, and I this past summer I bought a 200 gallon from a place in the hill country, plus I bought one off Craigs List that is 60 gallons. Added to the two we have, we harvest close to 400 gallons. You can put rain barrels and Texas in a search engine and come up with different items.
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From: "marzolian" <marzolian@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:41:54 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: [hreg] Quick energy fixes or upgrades for new house?
Ever since I was a little kid, studying science in school, I have wondered why people in hot climates have dark roofs. I realize it's more complex than that (physics, black body radiation, reflectivity ....) Anyway, I have just moved to a new house and was wondering what I might do to make it more efficient, at low cost. It was built about 7 years ago, has R-30 insulation in the ceiling (supposedly), and double-pane windows. The home inspector said that it's all in good condition.
But I'm wondering about a few things. Any comments and pointers are welcome:
1. White roof. Our roof is in fine shape, but I wonder if painting it white would (a) save much energy and (b) still look good. They do it on commercial buildings and save lots of money.
2. Radiant barrier on the underside of the roof. I saw a presentatation about that years ago, it made sense. Is it cost-effective here?
3. Saving rainwater - instead of letting it run in the street, use it to water the lawn on dry days. Need a few fittings to the gutters. Where can I find more information?
4. Any other cheap quick fixes?