Good morning to a less chilly Saturday.
August 12, 2017 10:07am CST
I woke up today happy. A beautiful and even warm sun brightened my room. I got up and the terrace, which I had closed with plastic for the winter, was even warm. I learned how to ask the help of the sun a couple of decades ago from an American friend. He worked at a place in the US where there was investigation about using passive solar energy. So, when my husband built this house, he used what he could from the knowledge we had acquired. In the US, specially in Colorado then, there are several houses and even a college we visited then that use passive solar energy for some of its needs. Do you ask for the help of the sun to warm up your houses? I know that in countries where winter is very harsh, that is important. Today, if the sun keeps shining, you´ll have a happy lotter here.
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• Riga, Latvia
Good for you. Solar energy is great when you need warmth from the sun. We have a very old fashioned house and no means of doing much different. However our big old fashioned windows are double and in the winter when the sun is out it really heats up through the windows and that helps a lot.
When we learned about solar energy, the first thing (if you did not have much money) was to use plastic to cover the windows in the outside. There should be about 10 cm between the plastic and the glass. The sun gets trapped there by the differences of waves And the heat does not escape.
• Boise, Idaho
We do that as well. I like to close up the house completely in the daytime hours when it is hot out. Then open it up in the evening and cool it off. It does stay nice inside unless it is in the triple digits or higher 90's. Then I also let the upstairs warm after washing, cooking and such so I don't have to turn the heat on until November or even December some years.