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How to Manage Heat Gain and Loss Year Round

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for saving energy throughout the year.

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shares tips for saving energy.

Managing Heat Gain and Loss in Your Home: Tips for Saving Energy

  1. Plant deciduous trees to block sun and keep house cooler in summer.
  2. Build a pergola or shade arbor to shield home from sun. Or, install awnings.
  3. Install window air-conditioning units on north side of house.
  4. Shade central air-conditioning units with shrubs.
  5. Close doors leading to room with fireplace, and crack a window in the room.
  6. Install a damper to top of chimney.
  7. Close damper when not using the fireplace to prevent warm room air from escaping.