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23 Tips for Keeping Your House Cool

 

Puzzling out how to keep your house as cool as possible during these hot summer months? Trying to remember the conventional wisdom but not quite sure how it goes? Those window fans, for example, should they be placed to draw air in or out? Upwind or downwind of the dwelling? And what about windows, shades, and awnings? Are windows on the North side of the house better left closed or open during the day? Are awnings better than shades?

Find out the answers to these questions and more, right here:

The recent heat spell on the East Coast dredged these questions up for me, and I am sure these questions are seasonal for many of us. Efficient cooling saves money, energy, and the quality of our lives.

Turning to Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings by Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has provided a wealth of answers to just these questions and more. I’ve compiled 23 tricks about how to keep a house cool to reduce the need for air conditioning from this book, as well as a few from The Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook. These tips are really useful.

1. Reduce the cooling load by employing cost-effective conservation measures. Provide effective shade for east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening on hot days.

2. Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don’t let in unwanted heat and humidity. Ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.

3. You can help get rid of unwanted heat through ventilation if the temperature of the incoming air is 77 F or lower. (This strategy works most effectively at night and on cooler days.) Window fans for ventilation are a good option if used properly. They should be located on the downwind side of the house facing out. A window should be open in each room. Interior doors must remain open to allow air flow.

4. Use ceiling fans to increase comfort levels at higher thermostat settings. The standard human comfort range for light clothing in the summer is between 72 F and 78 F. To extend the comfort range to 82 F, you need a breeze of about 2.5 ft/sec or 1.7 mph. A sow-turning ceiling-mounted paddle fan can easily provide this air flow.

5. In hot climates, plant shade trees around the house. Don’t plant trees on the South if you want to benefit from passive solar heating in the winter.

6. If you have an older central air conditioner, consider replacing the outdoor compressor with a modern, high-efficiency unit. Make sure that it is properly matched to the indoor unit.

7. If buying a new air conditioner, be sure that it is properly sized. Get assistance from an energy auditor or air conditioning contractor.

8. Buy a high-efficiency air conditioner: for room air conditioners, the energy efficiency ratio (EER) rating should be above 10; for central air conditioners, look for a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating above 12.

9. In hot, humid climates, make sure that the air conditioner you buy will adequately get rid of high humidity. Models with variable or multi-speed blowers are generally best. Try to keep moisture sources out of the house.

10. Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder.

11. Seal all air conditioner ducts, and insulate ducts that run through unheated basements, crawl spaces, and attics.

12. Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees F or higher if using ceiling fans. Don’t air-condition unused rooms.

13. Maintain your air conditioners properly to maximize efficiency.

Additional tips from the Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook, edited by Doug Pratt and the Real Goods staff.

Warm Weather Window Solutions

14. Install white window shades or mini-blinds. Mini-blinds can reduce solar heat gain by 40-50 percent.

15. Close south and west-facing curtains during the day for any window that gets direct sunlight. Keep these windows closed, too.

16. Install awnings on south-facing windows, where there’s insufficient roof overhang to provide shade.

17. Hang tightly woven screens or bamboo shades outside the window during the summer to stop 60 to 80 percent of the sun’s heat from getting to the windows.

18. Apply low-e films.

19. Consider exotic infills in your windows, a new technology that fills the space between panes with krypton or argon, gasses that have lower conductivity than air, and which boost R-values.

Tips for your A/C

19. Provide shade for your room A/C, or the outside half of your central A/C if at all possible. This will increase the unit’s efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent.

20. Clean your A/C’s air filter every month during cooling season. Normal dust build-up can reduce air flow by 1 percent per week.

22. Turn off your A/C when you leave for more than an hour.

23. Several studies have found that most central air conditioning systems are oversized by 50 percent or more.


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Homes for Sale Fort Collins – Northern Colorado

Posted: June 2, 2013 in Northern Colorado Real Estate, Real Estate, Uncategorized
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Homes for sale in Fort Collins Colorado
Fort Collins is a vibrant
community of 145,000 set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles
north of Denver, CO.
As a regional center for employment, shopping, and
healthcare, Fort Collins
offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger
city.  With an average of 300 days of
sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort
Collins residents enjoy pleasant weather
year-round.  Fort Collins is an active community. From
musical concerts and powerful plays to food and beer tasting extravaganzas, Fort Collins has it
all.  Indoor and outdoor activities are
enjoyable in every season.
Money Magazine ranked Fort Collins
as the “Best Place
to Live” in America
in 2006.  Please click here to see all Fort Collins recognitions
Demographics:
Fort Collins is the fourth
largest city in the State of Colorado, with an
estimated population of 145,000, including 26,000 students at Colorado State
University.  Fort
Collins’ population is well-educated, with 44% of
residents having a high school degree and 48% of them holding a bachelor’s
degree.  Household median income of
$45,846.  Please click here for more
demographics.
Climate and Proximity:
Fort Collins,
with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, low humidity, and moderate
winters, enjoys a mild climate year-round.
The area receives approximately 16 inches of rain and 59 inches of snow
per year.  The average high temperature
during the summer months 83.5 degrees.
In the winter months, it is 44.0 degrees.
Fort Collins sits at the base
of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 65 miles north of Denver CO and 45 miles
south of Cheyenne, WY.  Fort Collins’ elevation
is 5,003 ft. above sea level.
History:
Fort Collins began as an army
camp along the banks of the Poudre
River.  In 1867, the camp was dismantled, and the
army moved out of the area.  Although the
military was gone, a settlement remained.
In 1873, the city of Fort
Collins was founded.
Over the years, Fort Collins
has grown and changed, but you can still see reminders of the past in the
Historic Old Town District and many other sites around the area.  Colorado
State University’s
began in the 1870’s, when the institution was founded as the Agricultural
College of Colorado.  For more
information on local history, see the Fort Collins
Museum and Discovery Science
Center’s local historical
archives.
On September 24, 2004, the Fort Collins Area Chamber of
Commerce celebrated its 100th anniversary, making it one of the oldest
established organizations in Fort
Collins.
 Education:
Fort Collins offers one of
the best educational environments available in the United States.  Poudre
School District students
exceed the state average by 9 to 19 percentage points in the proficient and
advanced categories for reading, writing, math, and science on the rigorous
CSAP tests and scored above the state on the 11th grade ACT assessment.
Colorado
State University
gives students a tremendous range of educational opportunities from
undergraduate to graduate and professional programs.  Colorado
State University
was founded in 1870 as the state’s only land grant institution.  Today, over 100 undergraduate programs are
offered in a curriculum that ranges from liberal arts to veterinary
sciences.  CSU has over 26,000 students
that come from all 50 states and nearly 80 countries.  In addition to being Fort
Collins’ largest employer, CSU positively impacts the cultural
aspects of Fort Collins.
World-renowned speakers, sporting events, and cultural celebrations all help to
give Fort Collins
a personality you will love.
Front Range
Community College offers
a college curriculum as well as programs in vocational and technical
areas.  Thousands of students attend the
college in pursuit of the 22 associate of art degrees, 17 high school programs,
and 25 occupational degrees.  The Fort Collins campus is
the second largest and most rapidly growing community college in the
state.
Lifestyle:
Colorado has earned a
worldwide reputation as an area that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents the very best of Colorado.
Exciting recreation and sports activities, festivals, cultural activities,
high-quality healthcare and great senior accommodations make Fort Collins a choice place to live.
From activities for the extreme athlete to the leisurely
weekend enthusiast, Fort Collins
has it all.  In town, residents take
advantage of 820 acres of developed park land, including 6 community parks and
44 neighborhood/pocket parks as well as 29 miles of trails offering scenic
views of the Poudre River and the beautiful Rocky
Mountains.
Golfers of all abilities love Fort Collins’ eight beautiful golf
courses and everyone will enjoy swimming, figure skating or playing hockey at
the popular EPIC (Edora Pool and Ice Center).
If you want to escape the city limits, your favorite ski resorts and
cross-country trails are in your backyard and summertime offers opportunities
for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping and more.  Trout fishing and whitewater rafting are
popular activities on the nearby Cache
la PoudreRiver.
There is no better place than Fort Collins for spectator sports.  Colorado
State University
fans delight in watching the popular Rams football, basketball and volleyball
teams.  A short drive to Denver puts you in the seats of a Denver
Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies or Denver Nuggets game.  The annual Greeley Stampede in Greeley and the nationally-acclaimed Cheyenne Frontier
Days in Wyoming
are popular summer day trips.
 Healthcare:
As a regional center for medicine, Fort Collins is home to thousands of general
practitioners and specialists of every kind.
Poudre Valley Health System is Fort
Collins’ full-service medical center.  With 72 specialties, the hospital is able to
provide the quality of care often found only in larger cities.  Nearly 2000 health care professionals give
patients personalized care using the most up-to-date technologies and
procedures.
In 2008, Poudre Valley Health System received the Malcolm
Baldridge National Quality Award.  The
Malcolm Baldridge award continues to drive improvement at PVHS, which
ultimately leads to better patient care.
PVHS was the only healthcare organization to receive this award.  For more information on Poudre Valley Health
System, please click here.
Columbine Health Systems is a locally owned and operated
healthcare network that has been providing services since 1971 that focus on
addressing the comfort and safety of seniors. Services include skilled nursing
and rehabilitation facilities as well as independent and assisted living
options.
Northern
Colorado Rehabilitation
Hospital provides
comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation services to patients with
functional deficits resulting from injury or illness.  The Northern Colorado
Long Term
Acute Hospital
provides advanced long-term acute care, including high observation/critical
care, for patients who require time to heal from catastrophic injury or
illness.
Cultural Activities:
Cultural events and festivals abound in Fort Collins.
Local performing groups include Canyon Concert Ballet, the Fort Collins
Symphony Orchestra, the OpenStage Theatre Company,  and the Bas Bleu Theatre Company.  In 2011, The Lincoln Center will unveil its
first expansion/renovation, providing residents with a first-class performing
arts center.
The Historic Old Town District is home to numerous events,
including the annual New West Fest in August, Saint Paddy’s Day parade and the
Concert Under the Stars summer series.
For a community calendar, please click here.
Senior Living:
Seniors will find excellent amenities designed to suit their
specific needs in Fort Collins.  Housing choices are numerous and a variety of
programs offer employment, volunteer and educational opportunities.  The City of Fort Collins
runs numerous activities through its Senior
Center.  Programs include arts and crafts, fitness,
computer training and outdoor recreation.
Day trips to popular destinations in Northern
Colorado are also done through the Center.
Shopping:
A variety of choices make Fort Collins a great place to shop.
The Foothills Mall, offers residents a large variety of
local stores and nationwide retailers, including Sears and Macy’s, as well as a
variety of smaller shops.
Historic
Old Town,
boasts local specialty stores and restaurants in an outdoor pedestrian mall.
Front RangeVillage, Fort Collins
newest outdoor mall is located on the southern edge of Fort Collins and is home to SuperTarget,
Lowe’s, Babies & Toys R Us, and several smaller retailers.  Front
Range Village
also includes the Council Tree Library.
For a complete list of retailers, please visit our
membership directory.
Dining:
With more restaurants per capita than most cities in the
nation, Fort Collins
offers a great selection of places to satisfy your appetite.  From spicy Mexican to delicious Italian and
exotic Vietnamese, you can try a different cuisine every day.  And don’t forget to try a great hamburger and
beer from one of the local microbreweries.
Fort Collins
is home to Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins Brewery and New Belgium Brewing
Company as well as many others. Fort
Collins’ local restaurants, combined with nationwide
chains, provide endless choices of different styles of food to satisfy
everyone’s cravings.
To view a complete listing of restaurants, please visit our
membership directory or visit http://www.ftcollins.com.
Quality of Life:
Click here for a living report on the quality of life in LarimerCounty.
The Compass site pulls together data from various sources that indicate
our community’s social, economic, and environmental health.

Homes for Sale Firestone, Colorado – Northern Colorado

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Homes for sale in Firestone Colorado

Firestone is a rapidly growing community with a comprehensive plan to provide diverse retail, housing and employment opportunities. Responsible governmental leadership, a unique location and a high quality of life make Firestone equipped for new business development in all commercial and retail sectors.
Firestone is located just 20 minutes north of Denver along the 1-25 corridor, minutes north of the Northwest Parkway and E-470 with direct access to Denver
International Airport.
Firestone’s boundary is approximately 7,412 acres or 11.6
square miles with a planning area of approximately 26 square miles.
Firestone has 18 parks and 5 miles of trails connecting to the regional St. Vrain Legacy Trail and the Colorado Front Range Trail system.
Firestone continues to experience significant residential growth over the past decade. Firestone has averaged an annual 43 percent population increase throughout the past 10 years.
Current
development is shown below:
Residential, Commercial, Employment and Mixed Use
Development
Over 57 major residential, commercial, employment and
mixed-use developments
1,050 Jobs (estimated)
Trade Area
Development
Residential, retail, office and industrial planning and
development continues throughout the southwestern Weld
County area and the eastern Boulder County area. Southwest
Weld County
is one of the fastest-growing regions in Northern Colorado
and Firestone is a major factor in that growth. Weld County Colorado has
experienced an average annual 40% increase in housing units over the past 10
years according to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau.
Firestone
Population
10,147 (2010 Census)
432% growth rate over the past 10 years (2010 Census)
Households
3,478 (actual March 2011)
Vision Statement
The Town of Firestone
is a unique community of citizens, businesses, and governments that are united
in creating a stable, safe, prosperous, and healthful environment in which to
live, work, worship, learn, recreate and exercise the rights and freedoms
provided by the United States Constitution.

 

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Homes for sale in Louisville Colorado
The City of Louisville has often been recognized for its livability. Most recently, Money Magazine named Louisville #1 in 2009, and then in an unprecedented action again named Louisville #1 in its 2011 “Best Place to Live” issue. Many things contribute to this exemplary quality of life and positive economic condition including 1,700 acres of open space, dozens of great eateries, a thriving arts scene, great schools, wonderful neighborhoods and a diverse mix of employment opportunities. As the Money article noted, “Add in dry, clear weather, little crime, good health care, low taxes, and Louisville is pretty tough to beat.”
City of Louisville, Colorado, incorporated in 1882, lies in Boulder County roughly six miles east of the City of Boulder and 25 miles northwest of Denver. The City Council consists of six Council members and the Mayor. At this time, the City owns, either alone or in conjunction with other governmental entities, approximately 1700 acres of designated open space.
Founded:1878
Incorporated:1882
Average Elevation: 5,338 feet
Area of City:
5080 Acres/8 square miles
Population:
18,376
Median Age:
40.9
Climate:
Mean Temperatures:
January – 29.5 degrees F
July – 72.0 degrees F
October – 52.6 degrees F
Days of Sunshine:  275/year
Inches of Rain: 15.5/year
Growing Season:  148 Days
 
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Homes for sale in Niwot Colorado

About Boulder/Niwot
A Lifestyle Like No Other
BoulderColorado was founded in 1859 by explorers seeking the riches of gold. Boulder enjoys a colorful and interesting history.
Boulderites embrace a Green Lifestyle, and Boulder has a history in promoting a Healthy Community Lifestyle. Celestial Seasonings, White Wave (soy food manufacturer),
Wild Oats (now owned by Whole Foods) and Horizon’s Organic Yogurt all started in Boulder.
Visitors can enjoy the benefits of a community created by residents that embrace a healthy, culturally-enriched lifestyle. Whether you
are an outdoor enthusiast, seeking intellectual stimulation or want a relaxing getaway, Boulder offers a variety of experiences for every type of travel. Catch a glimpse of
some of Boulder’s furry and feathery residents while strolling,  hiking or biking through our 300 miles of trails and 45,000 acres of open space, people watch at an outdoor café or restaurant on the Pearl Street Mall, or experience the beauty and tranquility of a one-of-a-kind Persian Teahouse.
Boulder is centrally located in the foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, just 35 minutes northwest of Denver. The City of Boulder sits 5,430 feet above sea level. Boulder
enjoys 300 plus days for sunshine a year and moderate weather. Last we checked, there were 102,500 residents in Boulder, including about 25,000 students who are enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Homes for Sale Northglenn Colorado – Northern Colorado

Posted: June 2, 2013 in Northern Colorado Real Estate, Real Estate, Uncategorized
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Homes for sale in Northglenn Colorado
The nearly 36,000 residents of Northglenn enjoy small neighborhoods with accessible schools, convenient shopping centers, parks, lakes, open spaces and outdoor recreation facilities.
The city government’s support for community and economic development makes Northglenn a hub of safe neighborhoods and business activity.
The quality of planning, development, services and volunteers creates a distinctive sense of community that is uncommon in many modern cities. Many of the original residents who lived in Northglenn when it incorporated in 1969 still live here.
The community is connected by the well-planned Greenway Trail System. The 28 miles of off-street walking and biking paths connect with larger trail systems that lead throughout the Denver metro area.
Northglenn is only 15 minutes north of downtown Denver and all of the events and attractions of a major metropolitan city.
Go east on Interstate 70 and Denver International Airport is only 25 minutes away.
Turn to the west, and the majestic Rocky Mountains tower over the landscape and are a mere half hour away by car.
Bask in 300 days of sunshine, as Northglenn enjoys full seasons of summer, spring, winter and fall. But thanks to our dry climate, the hot and cold aren’t as harsh as in more humid climates.
Northglenn
Fast Facts
Elevation: 5460 feet
Climate: Northglenn
enjoys a mild, sunny, and semi-arid climate.
Average July High Temp: 87.9
Average Jan. Low Temp: 16.2
Sales Tax Rates
Northglenn:
4.00%
Adams
County: .75%
Colorado:
4.10%
Total:   8.85%
Northglenn
Property Tax: 11.597 mills
Median Household Income:
Northglenn: $53,747
Region: $58,039
State: $55,212
Number of Households: ~14,000
Avg. Household Size: ~2.6
Median Age:
Northglenn: 33.5
Region: 35.6
State: 35.7
Public Schools: Adams 12
Five Star Schools

Homes for Sale Mead Colorado – Northern Colorado

Posted: June 2, 2013 in Northern Colorado Real Estate, Real Estate, Uncategorized
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Homes for sale in Mead Colorado

MEAD – THE PLACE TO BE!

Uniquely located halfway between the Denver Metro Area and Fort Collins along the I-25 corridor.
Mead is a prime location for your business.
In fact, within 30 miles of I-25 and Welker Street you will find:
The Town of Mead is interested in working with new and existing businesses to help build and
retain our quality of life, jobs and vitality.
  • A population base of over 1.4 million
  • DenverInternationalAirport
  • Three world-class university campuses
  • Seven community college campuses
  • Rocky MountainNational Park
  • Numerous major railroad lines
The Town of Mead has joined a select group of Colorado companies to be recognized as a Colorado Companies to Watch Community Partner. This selection acknowledges the hard work, dedication and contribution of the Town of Mead as a valuable contributor to business development in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado.
Mead Mayor Richard Macomber stated, “We are honored to be associated with Colorado Companies to Watch, as so much of our current and growing business sector revolves around second stage companies.”
“We are pleased to recognize the Town of Mead for their outstanding support for businesses Town of Mead,” says Sam Bailey, Colorado Companies to Watch program director.
Colorado Companies to Watch is different from other awards programs. Because the program focuses on our entire state, and not specific industries, it provides an  opportunity to paint a realistic picture of a true statewide economy. Since applicants are evaluated on more than growth, it widens the playing field to companies not often recognized for the critical differences they make in their industry, their community, region and our state.