We had some awnings installed on the front of the house today, one of the first steps to weather proofing our house on hot days. After the 9 day long heat wave we experienced in March, I found that I needed a plan to ensure we'd be more comfortable if it happens again. And it probably will. We don't have air conditioning, and don't plan to have it installed, as it is a huge power guzzler. Our house stays comfortable for a few days anyway, and so isn't usually a problem. Andrew is building a solar air heater for winter ventilation and some warmth, which I'm hoping will double as a cooler in summer- draws cool night air into the house when needed. We'll also look at installing a solar whizz, and getting better roof insulation.