[Ok-sus] Retrofitting homes for energy efficiency

Bob Waldrop bob at bobwaldrop.net
Fri May 23 14:49:00 UTC 2014

P.S.  Looking at the pictures again, he also put a roof on the building 
with overhangs.  That is another issue with putting a straw bale wrap.  
Most of us would need to extend our eaves so that we have the proper 
overhangs for this lattitude which helps keep the sun off the south 
walls.  That's not a deal killer, but it would be an additional expense, 
unless you already have deep eaves.


On 5/23/2014 7:56 AM, Kelley C Smith wrote:
> I have been contemplating what it would take to make my house more 
> energy efficient. I know I need weatherstripping and could use more 
> insulation.
> But, that doesn't really seem like enough, given the dire situation 
> with energy. Of course, it seems easier to sell the house and try to 
> find a place to build a new smaller house designed from the ground up 
> to be super-efficient (and small). But, that doesn't really solve the 
> problem for society, as then someone would just buy and move into  my 
> old house. And, while I think solar panels would be amazing, I have 
> some skepticism. Could they really survive an Oklahoma hail storm? 
> And, does anything that has to withstand Oklahoma sun really last as 
> long as promised?
> Here is an article from Mother_Earth_News that caught my attention. 
> Describes adding an outside layer of straw bale outer wall to an 
> existing house.
> http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/straw-bale-retrofit-part1-zbcz1404.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=GEGH%20eNews&utm_campaign=05.23.14%20GEGH#axzz32XccOgMt
> Now, to me, Mother_Earth_News sometimes presents some very difficult 
> things as much easier than they actually are, but this does look 
> interesting to me.
> Just thought I would bring this up. Housing in Oklahoma is a conundrum.
> Kelley
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