RVs are a vital tool for emergency housing. They also provide a great experience to learn how to fix different home systems and learn how much natural resources you use for daily living. As a result you can become more skilled and resourceful.
Unlike traditional homes, RVs have built-in utility management options and lightweight construction. Lightweight construction is required for the units to be able to travel on highways and be reasonably easy to tow. As a consequence, RVs are not well insulated which poses some unique challenges.
For example, power bills of $400-700 for living in an RV can happen and it is preventable. Additionally extreme temperatures affects productivity and well being.
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After applying these tips, you can see a 30 degree temperature differential WITHOUT using A/C:
- Cover your roof. 80% of your heat gain comes from your roof. The most economical option is to use 15-20 foot metal poles and a 12 x 24 shade cloth. In the winter when you want solar gain you can take the sail down. (How to directions coming soon.)
- Cover your windows. Your RV gains and loses enormous heat thru it’s windows. Using double mylar Reflectix reduces most of the heat gain. Using foam board in addition or a towel will stop the rest of the heat gain. This will also be valuable in the winter. (How to directions will be the first topic I elaborate on in the next blog post.)
- Manage your electrical appliances, like your A/C. Keep your condenser fins clean on your A/C. (Careful they are fragile) If your unit freezes on you, turn your fan on for 30 minutes to thaw the fins and try again. (There’s a list of mobile repair services on this website, if that happens to you.) (You can overload your electrical and/or cause a fire, we will be sharing information on this in the near future.)
- Keep your fridge cool. Your fridge works hard to keep the food cold and you are highly likely to have spoiled food if mis-managed. (Unlike traditional fridges, the RV fridge is exposed to alot of heat and has to work much harder to operate in an RV.) Keep your fridge shaded or oriented toward the north or east. Keep your freezer full. Put water bottles in the freezer to help it maintain the correct temperature.
- Eliminate all heat sources inside the RV. Cooking outside is a big one. Use a sun oven, bbq or a crock pot. Please note the sun oven is clean energy and never burns your food, while the BBQ puts carcinogens in your food, pollutes and sometimes causes fires. …Even better for your body, eat cool, light meals with low protein, high carbs and veggies. This will keep your metabolism cooler.
Heat illness affects your mood, your productivity and causes more stress in your recovery journey. (Tips to manage your core temperature and prevent this are coming soon.)
By teaching people how to be more energy savvy, not just with RVs, I hope we can reduce our carbon footprint. And we have to do it FAST because climate change is occurring faster than the scientists predicted. (This just happened.)
See this video clip of the ActionNews emission on 08/17/19:
(Thank you to the “Lions Host Paradise” club for partnering with me on this issue.)
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