So here in Utah we are having a major spring heat wave--it's been in the mid 80s for the past few days. Blerg. That's really, really not typical April weather for Utah and I HATE IT. It's 84 degrees in my house but I am not going to give in and turn on my A/C in April. Absolutely not. Our 25-year-old A/C only has a limited number of working hours left and I am not going to waste any of them on an April heat wave.
Anyway, our April heat wave made it painfully apparent that we needed to do something about the half-moon window in our living room. It's a west facing window (afternoon sun) and there wasn't a shade in it and it let SO MUCH sun/heat into the room. At first I was going to bite the bullet and buy a huge half-moon shade, but then inspiration struck.
My next door neighbor lost her whole wood fence in our big windstorm a few months ago. She very generously told me I could have as much of it as I wanted, so I took a whole section right after the storm for one of my bedroom projects. But when I had this idea, I rushed over and grabbed another big section.
My dad just bought me a jigsaw (which I have wanted for a while!) My half moon window has a radius of 23 inches, so I just sketched a half circle with a radius of 22 inches, with the main support beam right through the middle. Then I cut it out with my jigsaw and stuck it up in the window. DONE.
Oh and does anyone have any great heat management techniques to share???