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Hot isn’t it? 5 easy tips to keep your house cooler next week

AlexanderWatson 17 January 2014 49

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Every year around this time, Canberra gets its annual heat wave and the mercury hits around 40 degrees. Its something of a blessing in disguise to be able to go back to work, and the refuge of an air conditioned office only to dread going home to your sauna-like house. There are a few easy steps to make it more bearable.

Here’s Alexander Watson’s top 5 tips that you can do this weekend to keep your house cooler next week.

    1. Seal up gaps around windows, doors, exhaust fans and downlights. Stopping air leakage in summer keeps the warm air out for longer and helps refrigerated air conditioners work more effectively. Draft sealing tape and door attachments can be found at your hardware store relatively cheaply. Around $50

    2. Shut your home up during the day and open it up at night to flush out the heat. Unless you have evaporative cooling, remember to turn off your air conditioner once you start opening windows and doors. You cannot afford to cool the ambient temperature of Canberra with your reverse cycle system.

    3. Use shade sails and external blinds wherever possible, particularly on western facing walls and windows. Stopping the heat before it enters your home is much more effective that trying to deal with it once it has entered your home.

    4. Install roof ventilators to get rid of the hot air in your roof and take the pressure off your insulation. The cooler you can get your roof space the cooler your home will be. They’re easily installed if you’re a bit handy and can be picked up from your local hardware store for around $150 or get one installed through a company like us for $250.

    5. Arrange a thermal imaging analysis to identify exactly where heat is entering your home. Thermal imaging will pick up gaps in insulation, windows and any other areas that radiate excess heat. Ensuring that you have adequate ceiling and wall insulation without ANY gaps. Canberra homes should have R5 ceiling and at least R2 wall insulation. A 5% gap gives a 50% reduction in insulation performance! A quick look in your roof will tell you if it can be fixed. Look for gaps in insulation

    Alexander Watson specialises in energy efficiency audits and upgrades for existing buildings. They’re also locally owned and operated.

    This month only, Alexander Watson are offering free home energy assessments with thermal imaging (normally valued at $99).

    Thermal imaging cameras seek out hot spots caused by missing insulation and air leakage behind your home’s walls, ceilings, ducts and plumbing. This causes your home to leak heat while you waste money and energy on more heating and cooling.

    Contact Alexander Watson on 6100 3645 to book a free home energy assessment with thermal imaging analysis today.


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pajs pajs 1:15 pm 24 Jan 14

Just had one of these assessments done at my place (as well as a roof vent install). The assessment was pretty useful. Covered a lot of stuff I knew, but included quite a bit of practical advice in areas where I didn’t know much (like the range of approaches to, and materials for, draft-proofing). Good to have a set of fresh eyes too, as well as the advice. Also pointed out some problems up on my roof that I was not aware of. Worthwhile exercise, I think.

tuco tuco 12:56 pm 20 Jan 14

Nylex_Clock said :

tuco said :

(Incidentally, I am the world’s deadliest Ninja, with 20 years’ experience in the business worldwide.)

Source?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:13 pm 20 Jan 14

54-11 said :

Back OT, I got Alexander Watson to do an energy assessment. They provided a good list of things that could/should be done. We did a couple of things through them, and some things remain undone. Overall, it was a very worthwhile exercise.

All you need to do now is tell us if your house is cooler this week compared with last week?

Nylex_Clock Nylex_Clock 12:06 pm 20 Jan 14

tuco said :

Shauno, shauno, shauno. Simply knowing what you are talking about won’t cut it here. You have to provide web links to sources, so the other guys can provide web links to their sources, and then you get to play hyperlink jenga. It’s a great game where you build entire towers out of hyperlinks and carefully selected quotes. When you get enough to require about 30 seconds of scrolling before you can read anything, you shout “jenga”!

Like this, you mean?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYJj-1jNOxE

With published peer-reviewed academic papers documenting the issue:
http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/methane-contamination-of-drinking-water-accompanying-gas-well-drilling

Of course there’s nothing to worry about with fracking, shauno says so…

(Incidentally, I am the world’s deadliest Ninja, with 20 years’ experience in the business worldwide.)

tuco tuco 8:38 am 20 Jan 14

shauno said :

CraigT said :

shauno said :

I dont agree with what every thing Jones says and I listen to him some times not the whole program just when im in the car at times. And some issues hes a bit full on like I realise coal seam gas is a bit dodgy but I dont really agree on all the things he says about that.

What do you base your decision to not agree with him on?

Personal expertise? Study and research? Expert advice?

I’m an oil and gas exploration geo Over 20 years in the business world wide so I guess I dont know anything about coal seam gas extraction lol.

Shauno, shauno, shauno. Simply knowing what you are talking about won’t cut it here. You have to provide web links to sources, so the other guys can provide web links to their sources, and then you get to play hyperlink jenga. It’s a great game where you build entire towers out of hyperlinks and carefully selected quotes. When you get enough to require about 30 seconds of scrolling before you can read anything, you shout “jenga”!

shauno shauno 3:37 am 20 Jan 14

CraigT said :

shauno said :

I dont agree with what every thing Jones says and I listen to him some times not the whole program just when im in the car at times. And some issues hes a bit full on like I realise coal seam gas is a bit dodgy but I dont really agree on all the things he says about that.

What do you base your decision to not agree with him on?

Personal expertise? Study and research? Expert advice?

I’m an oil and gas exploration geo Over 20 years in the business world wide so I guess I dont know anything about coal seam gas extraction lol.

54-11 54-11 9:40 pm 19 Jan 14

Back OT, I got Alexander Watson to do an energy assessment. They provided a good list of things that could/should be done. We did a couple of things through them, and some things remain undone. Overall, it was a very worthwhile exercise.

maxblues maxblues 12:11 pm 19 Jan 14

maxblues said :

Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

I’m sure the date on my birth certificate is a typo (even though the certificate was discovered with the Dead Sea Scrolls) 🙂

Apparently Melbourne’s hottest January day is 75 years ago on 13/1/39, and NO, I don’t remember it!
Even though I did have an army posting to Melbourne, I’m not that bloody old. I do remember going to the MCG on a particularly warm Boxing Day around ’79/’80 with a group of off-duty Victorian coppers. We took in several huge eskys full of full-strength beer and those guys certainly let their hair down on their day off.

Llex Llex 10:23 am 19 Jan 14

shauno said :

CraigT said :

Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

“Remembers” is one way of describing how Alan Jones comes by his source material…

The lefty always have to get a dig in for this pet hate. Its either John Howard or Murdoch or Jones predictable lol. All successful guys hated by the left for that fact alone. Its so predictable these days that it really shows the immaturity and child like behaviour of the left.

Generalising like that makes you look almost as stupid as Mr. Rabbit.

maxblues maxblues 10:18 am 19 Jan 14

Alan Jones is a little weasel.
Whilst walking past the newspaper stand this morning, I noticed his name on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph in connection with convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg. Apparently he has visited her in prison and has joined the Newcastle University Legal Centre in saying that she is innocent as well as calling for a judicial enquiry. I don’t know if she was wrongly convicted or not, but I think having Alan Jones involved will only muddy the waters.

CraigT CraigT 10:43 pm 18 Jan 14

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

I never said people who listen to jones are mindless robots. Robots have code that is only pure. Alan jones listeners are just idiots.

Tragic thing is they don’t even know they are idiots.

Imagine being an idiot.
Everybody else knows you’re an idiot.
You just don’t realise.
You keep crapping on with your ignorant opinions denying climate change is real…. how embarrassing.

CraigT CraigT 6:57 pm 18 Jan 14

shauno said :

I dont agree with what every thing Jones says and I listen to him some times not the whole program just when im in the car at times. And some issues hes a bit full on like I realise coal seam gas is a bit dodgy but I dont really agree on all the things he says about that.

What do you base your decision to not agree with him on?

Personal expertise? Study and research? Expert advice?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:56 pm 18 Jan 14

shauno said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

shauno said :

CraigT said :

Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

“Remembers” is one way of describing how Alan Jones comes by his source material…

The lefty always have to get a dig in for this pet hate. Its either John Howard or Murdoch or Jones predictable lol. All successful guys hated by the left for that fact alone. Its so predictable these days that it really shows the immaturity and child like behaviour of the left.

Um I think it is more the fact that jones and Murdoch are both very smart manipulators of the mass irons that live in Australia. Liars and scum bags, making their fortunes off inciting ignorance and bigotry . To defend either makes one just a huge a idiot as their supporters.

Cannot speak about Howard, it’s really only the fringe that would lump him in with the other two.

Thats where your wrong and its what the Labor party didnt get at the last election you seem to think people that listen to Alan Jones are mindless robots. Its a big mistake a very big mistake.

Can you explain why it is a big mistake a very big mistake?

Can you also explain why I am wrong?

I never said people who listen to jones are mindless robots. Robots have code that is only pure. Alan jones listeners are just idiots.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:53 pm 18 Jan 14

Deref said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Um I think it is more the fact that jones and Murdoch are both very smart manipulators of the mass irons that live in Australia. Liars and scum bags, making their fortunes off inciting ignorance and bigotry . To defend either makes one just a huge a idiot as their supporters.

Not sure about those mass irons, but yeah, that sums it up pretty well.

Preying on the stupid is arguably the world’s oldest profession, regardless of what the sex industry may tell you.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Cannot speak about Howard, it’s really only the fringe that would lump him in with the other two.

Peas in a pod, mate, peas in a pod.

*morons not irons!

Deref Deref 6:32 pm 18 Jan 14

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Um I think it is more the fact that jones and Murdoch are both very smart manipulators of the mass irons that live in Australia. Liars and scum bags, making their fortunes off inciting ignorance and bigotry . To defend either makes one just a huge a idiot as their supporters.

Not sure about those mass irons, but yeah, that sums it up pretty well.

Preying on the stupid is arguably the world’s oldest profession, regardless of what the sex industry may tell you.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Cannot speak about Howard, it’s really only the fringe that would lump him in with the other two.

Peas in a pod, mate, peas in a pod.

shauno shauno 5:50 pm 18 Jan 14

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

shauno said :

CraigT said :

Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

“Remembers” is one way of describing how Alan Jones comes by his source material…

The lefty always have to get a dig in for this pet hate. Its either John Howard or Murdoch or Jones predictable lol. All successful guys hated by the left for that fact alone. Its so predictable these days that it really shows the immaturity and child like behaviour of the left.

Um I think it is more the fact that jones and Murdoch are both very smart manipulators of the mass irons that live in Australia. Liars and scum bags, making their fortunes off inciting ignorance and bigotry . To defend either makes one just a huge a idiot as their supporters.

Cannot speak about Howard, it’s really only the fringe that would lump him in with the other two.

I dont agree with what every thing Jones says and I listen to him some times not the whole program just when im in the car at times. And some issues hes a bit full on like I realise coal seam gas is a bit dodgy but I dont really agree on all the things he says about that.

shauno shauno 5:46 pm 18 Jan 14

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

shauno said :

CraigT said :

Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

“Remembers” is one way of describing how Alan Jones comes by his source material…

The lefty always have to get a dig in for this pet hate. Its either John Howard or Murdoch or Jones predictable lol. All successful guys hated by the left for that fact alone. Its so predictable these days that it really shows the immaturity and child like behaviour of the left.

Um I think it is more the fact that jones and Murdoch are both very smart manipulators of the mass irons that live in Australia. Liars and scum bags, making their fortunes off inciting ignorance and bigotry . To defend either makes one just a huge a idiot as their supporters.

Cannot speak about Howard, it’s really only the fringe that would lump him in with the other two.

Thats where your wrong and its what the Labor party didnt get at the last election you seem to think people that listen to Alan Jones are mindless robots. Its a big mistake a very big mistake.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:25 pm 18 Jan 14

shauno said :

CraigT said :

Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

“Remembers” is one way of describing how Alan Jones comes by his source material…

The lefty always have to get a dig in for this pet hate. Its either John Howard or Murdoch or Jones predictable lol. All successful guys hated by the left for that fact alone. Its so predictable these days that it really shows the immaturity and child like behaviour of the left.

Um I think it is more the fact that jones and Murdoch are both very smart manipulators of the mass irons that live in Australia. Liars and scum bags, making their fortunes off inciting ignorance and bigotry . To defend either makes one just a huge a idiot as their supporters.

Cannot speak about Howard, it’s really only the fringe that would lump him in with the other two.

shauno shauno 5:12 pm 18 Jan 14

CraigT said :

shauno said :

CraigT said :

Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

“Remembers” is one way of describing how Alan Jones comes by his source material…

The lefty always have to get a dig in for this pet hate. Its either John Howard or Murdoch or Jones predictable lol. All successful guys hated by the left for that fact alone. Its so predictable these days that it really shows the immaturity and child like behaviour of the left.

Alan Jones has such a poor track record when it comes to reporting accurate facts, that he was ordered to employ a fact-checker before broadcasting anymore of his dimwitted gibberish. Since then, and despite the fact-checker, he’s been caught out yet again broadcasting his usual antifactual nonsense.

The whole, “it was once warmer at some place at a particular moment in time, therefore climate change is crap” used to to be funny, but it’s a joke that’s been done to death now.

Responsible adults don’t just compare two datapoints and pretend it tells them anything worthwhile. Reponsible adults realise that the largest possible dataset should be used by professionals in the field of statistics.

The kook blogs are always full of guest posts by kooks where they have looked at the sea level record at a particular spot in Brisbane and from that they make grand deductions.

Responsible adults will not rely on kooks blogging, instead we rely on science professionals, eg:
The trend for “warm nights” is very striking:
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/index.shtml#tabs=Tracker&tracker=extremes-timeseries&tQ%5Bgraph%5D=TN90&tQ%5Bave_yr%5D=0
– nights are getting way warmer, with all this extra CO2 in the atmosphere.

Australia:
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/index.shtml#tabs=Tracker&tracker=timeseries

Global:
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/index.shtml#tabs=Tracker&tracker=global-timeseries

And what’s causing it?
Most reponsible adults are aware that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. Most responsible adult are aware that burning coal, etc, release CO2, and most responsible adults are aware that the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere has increased to levels not seen at any time in the history of our particular species.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1c/Carbon_Dioxide_400kyr.png/380px-Carbon_Dioxide_400kyr.png

Now, should we really be changing our planet’s atmospheric composition to a new configuration that is entirely novel in our species’ evolutionary history? Who thinks that’s a good idea?

As for the amount of warming this will cause, nobody can be sure. Scientists have calculated that once we reach CO level of 580ppm, we will be on track for 3 degrees of warming. The uncertainty in their calculations means it could be 1.5 degree. Or, it could be 8 degrees. If it turns out they are being a bit too conservative with their estimations (as climate scientists have proven to have been over the last few decades) and if we actually get 8 degrees, we are %#$@ed. An ocean that heats up that much will suffer the sorts of problems that led to the Permian-Triassic extinction event, when 95% of marine species became extinct, and 70% of land species.
Ocean acidification is already happening, methane’s increasing,
http://wwws1.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/figures/atmospheric-concentration-of-ch4-ppb-1/csi013_fig05_ch4_concentration.eps/image_large
sea level rise is accelerating….

Holy shit where all doomed. Im building a tunnel to an under ground shelter starting tomorrow.

CraigT CraigT 5:06 pm 18 Jan 14

shauno said :

CraigT said :

Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

Not as hot as 45 years ago…31/1/68 in fact…Canberra’s hottest January day (but close).

You sure your name is maxblues and not Methuselah? Who the heck remembers s*** like that…

“Remembers” is one way of describing how Alan Jones comes by his source material…

The lefty always have to get a dig in for this pet hate. Its either John Howard or Murdoch or Jones predictable lol. All successful guys hated by the left for that fact alone. Its so predictable these days that it really shows the immaturity and child like behaviour of the left.

Alan Jones has such a poor track record when it comes to reporting accurate facts, that he was ordered to employ a fact-checker before broadcasting anymore of his dimwitted gibberish. Since then, and despite the fact-checker, he’s been caught out yet again broadcasting his usual antifactual nonsense.

The whole, “it was once warmer at some place at a particular moment in time, therefore climate change is crap” used to to be funny, but it’s a joke that’s been done to death now.

Responsible adults don’t just compare two datapoints and pretend it tells them anything worthwhile. Reponsible adults realise that the largest possible dataset should be used by professionals in the field of statistics.

The kook blogs are always full of guest posts by kooks where they have looked at the sea level record at a particular spot in Brisbane and from that they make grand deductions.

Responsible adults will not rely on kooks blogging, instead we rely on science professionals, eg:
The trend for “warm nights” is very striking:
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/index.shtml#tabs=Tracker&tracker=extremes-timeseries&tQ%5Bgraph%5D=TN90&tQ%5Bave_yr%5D=0
– nights are getting way warmer, with all this extra CO2 in the atmosphere.

Australia:
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/index.shtml#tabs=Tracker&tracker=timeseries

Global:
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/index.shtml#tabs=Tracker&tracker=global-timeseries

And what’s causing it?
Most reponsible adults are aware that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. Most responsible adult are aware that burning coal, etc, release CO2, and most responsible adults are aware that the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere has increased to levels not seen at any time in the history of our particular species.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1c/Carbon_Dioxide_400kyr.png/380px-Carbon_Dioxide_400kyr.png

Now, should we really be changing our planet’s atmospheric composition to a new configuration that is entirely novel in our species’ evolutionary history? Who thinks that’s a good idea?

As for the amount of warming this will cause, nobody can be sure. Scientists have calculated that once we reach CO level of 580ppm, we will be on track for 3 degrees of warming. The uncertainty in their calculations means it could be 1.5 degree. Or, it could be 8 degrees. If it turns out they are being a bit too conservative with their estimations (as climate scientists have proven to have been over the last few decades) and if we actually get 8 degrees, we are %#$@ed. An ocean that heats up that much will suffer the sorts of problems that led to the Permian-Triassic extinction event, when 95% of marine species became extinct, and 70% of land species.
Ocean acidification is already happening, methane’s increasing,
http://wwws1.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/figures/atmospheric-concentration-of-ch4-ppb-1/csi013_fig05_ch4_concentration.eps/image_large
sea level rise is accelerating….

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