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shade, but it also provides shade for the exterior of the house.
The less sunlight that comes in direct contact with the house,
the cooler it stays. My house has a very wide porch on the
front. Perhaps one day it would be nice to continue it around
the entire house. In the meantime, we love the awnings we’ve
installed on the windows to keep them out of direct sunlight.
This is the first summer that I am getting some relief from a
ceiling fan! After these three years we have enough solar power
this summer to connect our house to our solar grid and install a
ceiling fan in the kitchen. I’ve had people ask why we wouldn’t
install a window unit to run on solar power. We would definitely need more solar panels to accomplish that, but my reaction
to that question is usually “Why?” I really believe that the better option is just to get used to the heat. We closely monitor the
solar power we have to use, so it just seems wasteful to me to
have to buy more solar equipment just for the sake of cooler air.
At the end of a long, hot summer day, when the house is at its
hottest, I often find myself anticipating the moment when the
sun will finally drop below the treetops in back of the house.
This is the time of day when I have to remind myself that the
summer is only one season. Each season has different gifts to
offer, and I’ve learned to take the summer heat with all the
other blessings it brings.
Jaimie Bauer is a homesteading and homeschooling
mom of two boys. She enjoys cooking , organiz-
ing , and reading stories to her family by lantern
light. She and her husband write articles for their
website, http://anamericanhomestead.com, and
make videos for their You Tube channel, www.youtube.com/user/
An AmericanHomestead, sharing their adventures in homesteading
and off-grid living.
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