Plants Help Keep a House Cool!
Using shade trees to keep a house cool!
What do you need?
- Two shoe boxes or small cardboard boxes
- A reflector lamp with a one-hundred watt incandescent light bulb in it (you can also use the sun instead of a lamp)
- Various types of plants in pots - small bonsai trees would work OK if you have one -- ask your folks first before using any of their plants.
- Two good thermometers to measure air temperature. If you have a digital thermometer that measures inside temperature with an external sensor to measure outside temperature, that would work great!
- Small can of black or dark-color paint and small can of white paint
What do do?
This experiment is done in three steps. First you'll want to see if shading your "house" will keep it cooler. Then you'll want to see if painting the "house" different colors outside affects the temperature inside. Third you can combine the colored houses with or without shading.
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