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Old 03-27-2008, 09:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Here are some ideas, although many of them might not be practical. Hopefully they'll serve at least as a mental exercise for what is possible.

In order of most practical to least:

* Swamp Cooler
* Increased attic insulation
* Paint roof white
* Solar Chimney
* Earth Cooling Tubes
* Green Roof
* Roof Pond

Some of the neatest ways of keeping warm in the desert have been around for centuries, the windcatcher:


I get the feeling that houses could be designed better if you left a monkey alone in a room with a pen and paper. It's amazing some of the ridiculously poorly thought out buildings architects churn out around the nation.

"Oh, so you want a home in the about a ranch style? Oh, the about a ranch style?"

- LostCause
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