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=== Energy Use Monitioring ===
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*[[Ideas]]
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This is what we need to do to monitor our power use.
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*[[CEC Demo House]]
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*[[Student Research]]
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== Links ==
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*[[Living Green]]
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* [http://www.cope.com/ Cope Environmental Center]
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=== Landscaping ===
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From Green Remodeling:
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====General Landscaping====
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kentucky bluegrass-conventional, need lots of water and chemicals to thrive in our area
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"xeriscaping": landscaping that minimizes water demand -->proper soil prep, drought-tolerant plants, rainwater harvesting, mulching. Costs half as much as standard landscaped yards.
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native species:
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beech tree
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http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rdsduse/in.htm
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====Landscaping for Wind====
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might be a concern for us because we are working with an older and leakier house.
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could reduce our energy use by 10-40 percent, depending on how windy it is in our area and how much draft gets in.
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-most effective windbreaks are trees or shrubs with low crowns and dense foliage
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-where to place them?
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-page 180 has placement of trees around hypothetical house
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====Landscaping for Heating/Cooling====
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trees can assist in cooling by the shade they produce and by the process of evapotranspiration
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deciduous treeson east and west sides of the house only in areas that are more than 60 degrees e or w of due south from the house. Don't place on south side where winter sun will be blocked from providing energy (even bare branches can block a lot of sunlight).
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what is our "solar window"?-how much sunlight do we get per day based on our placement?
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http://oikos.com/library/energy_outlet/landscaping.html
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http://oikos.com/
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http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07831.html
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we need to think about how much space we have above and below ground for the vegetation to grow--tree roots can be very wide spread
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