David Montgomery tracks down this video of Governor Dennis Daugaard talking about his super energy-efficient house. The clip comes from the Governor's address to the South Dakota Rural Electric Association's 2011 annual meeting.
Inspired by President Jimmy Carter's call for energy conservation, Dennis and his wife Linda built their own house in the 1980s to conserve every bit of energy they could:
- The Daugaards doubled their 2x4 walls and put six inches of insulation between them.
- They installed no west-facing windows, reducing summer heat.
- They installed only one small north-facing window, reducing winter cold.
- They installed lots of south-facing windows with big overhangs, providing passive solar heat in the winter and lots of shade in the summer.
- In summer, their heat pump water heater pulls the heat from the house and, instead of dumping the heat outside, uses it to heat their water.
Whether you are Jimmy Carter in a sweater or Denny Daugaard preaching self-reliance, energy conservation makes all sorts of sense.