[NAFEX] [Fwd: Home Energy], OT

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Mon Dec 1 14:42:15 EST 2008

That's an accomplishment you should be proud of, Stephen.  When I was
exploring ways that cooling bills (i.e. air conditioning costs) could be
reduced, I looked into installing a whole house fan and found that they
are illegal in St. Paul because of the increased fire risk they pose.

However, my folks had a whole house fan in Kansas and it worked
beautifully to force hot air out of the house (especially the attic) at
night and to pull cool night air in. -- Sam Brungardt

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Sadler
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 12:54 PM
To: dan at phantomlake.net; 'North American Fruit Explorers'
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] [Fwd: Home Energy], OT

Off topic, but interesting.  We've reduced our home energy use by 60%
the past couple years.  Conservation is the quickest, easiest, and
largest first step toward sustainable, carbon-neutral
(atmospheric-carbon-reducing is what's needed) energy. 

What we've put in:

1. Whole house fan (we're in CA central valley, with hot (90s and 100s)
dry summers; this cut our cooling costs 60%) 2. CFL lighting 3. Flippy
on-off switch for kitchen faucet 4. Dual-pane energy efficient windows
5. Extremely energy-efficient washer - also spin-dries so efficiently
dryer time is cut in half 6. Smart Power strips that completely shut off
electronics not in use 7. Tankless water heater 
8. 1 KW Solar panel
9. Additional attic insulation (in process)

We haven't reduced use or quality of appliances, lights, electronics -
just increased our energy efficiency.

~ Stephen

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Dan Sorensen
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To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] [Fwd: Home Energy]


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