Monday, August 23, 2010

The southern hinges

There's much ado in Houston's blogosphere about the record high temperatures we've been having, both from the climate side and from the general science side
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I complained twice that none of the stated data and perspectives appear to be taking the urban heat island effect into consideration.  Newsflash for the nerdy dudes - greater Houston is currently adding about one million new people every ten years.  Dontcha think that's gonna have an effect on our regional thermal output??!  Maybe?!?!

As for me, I was delighted to find that our electric bill for the 30 days ending August 20 was $157.82. Granted, we were on vacation for some of that period, but I still kept the air conditioner running at a low level to combat humidity, and that bill has been consistent with other recent numbers we have seen.  Thus far, we have been pleased with Meritage's Energy Star performance. This article alleges that they were the first major builder in the country to build Energy Star homes exclusively.

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