We New Englanders are a practical lot so let’s talk practicalities.
Efficiency Improvements pay in at least three ways:
- They pay by giving you greater comfort.
- They pay directly to your wallet.
- They pay to the environment by lowering fuel consumption, strains on our infrastructures, greenhouse gas production and air quality.
It is pretty hard to be uncomfortable on a beautiful sunny August day so let me take you back to early February. It is dark at 4:30. We are only half way through Winter. It is 8 degrees outside and the wind is howling. You are paying the utility bills at your desk. Your nose is cold. You are wearing 5 layers topped by a thick wool sweater. Your spouse is mocking the fact that you haven’t taken your wool hat off in the house since New Year’s day and your feet are numb despite the fact that four Canada geese contributed to your slippers.
You have a couple options to get warm. Take a 30 minute hot shower (too expensive and indulgent for this Yankee), do 1000 push-ups in the living room (more like the Yankee my parents raised) go outside for a ski in the darkness (the modern and hip Yankee that I wish I was) .
They are all strategies for making the best of Winter in New England for sure. But sometimes we just don’t have that “get up and go” We just want to be warm! My kids used to collect behind the wood stove all in a row getting their “fix” of heat before sprinting upstairs to do more homework. We improved our house and all of this stopped. My shoulders are no longer around my ears, my nose doesn’t run all over my desk and people are genuinely more cheerful around the house. Really!!!
Let’s face it, Winter is long and cold. I like the cold and I like to be able to leave it outside where it belongs. We hear all the time people reporting how fantastic their homes and lives are after they have done energy efficiency in their homes. Truly!
Look to our next post which will show you how energy efficiency will put money in your pocket.