July is definitely here–it’s 102 in the shade again today. Our house faces west, which means that as the day goes on, our living room gets pretty warm. And our electric bill just arrived, and it’s pretty high.
While we do plan to replace the cheap mini-blinds that cover many of the windows–we’ve already done this in one room, and it makes a huge difference–our first step is to install reflective film in the windows to push some of that heat back before it gets into the house. The idea is that if the house doesn’t get as hot to begin with, the air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard to cool it down. Reflective film is a pretty affordable way to tackle this, and it’s not that hard to install.
One of these days we’ll put in that solar unit we keep talking about, but first things first.