This upcoming week, we're having our house assessed for energy efficiency. I'm surprisingly excited for this, because Ian and I are all about saving energy. Partly for the cost, but also partly because it's the right thing to do. We want to know what we should change or be doing differently to do our part in conserving our resources. The inspectors will be checking our appliances, furnace, windows, attic, basement, roof, and insulation. I know we have poor attic insulation because we have dreadful icicles in the winter. Yes, they're pretty, but not a good sign!I wonder if the inspectors will recommend any Insulated Concrete Forms, orICF. If we have to replace anything in the foundation, I would rather do so with some high-quality products that will work in the long run.
Other ways we've been conserving lately is unplugging the Christmas tree during the day and once we're in bed. I pouted about this, but Ian insisted. For one thing, we can't see the lights during the day anyway. And at night, we're sleeping, so it shouldn't matter what's going on in the living room!
We're also shutting off lights when we leave the room and keeping the oven off unless we are baking more than one dish. It takes a little bit of effort and memory to do all these things, but they do make a difference. To us, they're small. But if everyone did them, the change would be unstoppable. Make a change and make a difference!