Emerson White wrote:
I'm pretty sure an energy star dishwasher will wash your dishes with less water than you possibly could and less energy, especially if you are using solar hot water like you should be.
But .... people along the gulf coast pointed out that when those big trees come down in the hurricanes/tornados they can cost a whole lot of money.
Also most vines would damage siding on buildings. A trellis of grapevines should be feasible -- but Ive never seen anyone do that here.
I save energy recharging solar garden lights outdoors all day long so I bring them inside to light my house at night.
I eat more fresh raw homegrown food and graze around the garden saving money on energy used in cooking heat.
I save money experimenting with solar cooking (for the first time this year) . Lets jsut say I could save money, with more practice.
No air conditioning bills , in the worst of the heat I siesta in a hammock under trees and extend the day with solar lights to do more.
replace the tank style water heater with a demand style water heater.
Whether there is any damage is controversial and depends on several factors, such as the type of vine, eg, creeper or climber, evergreen or deciduous, etc.
Some say that vines protect structures against UV damage and direct pounding by rain and wind, and the blistering heat of the sun.
There are many buildings in Europe, for instance, that have been ivy covered for many hundreds of years with several beneficial effects. I think the "risk" is well
worth the reward, as long as the situation is monitored seasonally.