I believe that huge changes can be realized, one little step at a time. And further more, if these changes are easy to make, pragmatic in nature and can benefit each of us in the short term, then these changes are easy to embrace.
Doesn't seem so today (at least not in Southern Ontario), but Old Man Winter is on his way.
What can we do to save our planet and our pocketbook?
In General, most of our homes (esecially if they are older) are sieves. Interested in reducing the leakage in your home? First lets define the problem
How is heat (and therefore energy $s) escaping our home's building envelope?
Let's examine our homes...find out where the problems are, and how big they are...
Then we can make a plan on how to reduce the amount of heat (and energy $s) escaping our homes.
Where should we look? A Home energy audit would identify these areas for us, but for those not wanting to have one done now, lets consider some potential areas of leakage...
Check around windows and doors.
Check around electrical fixtures and heating and plumbing pipes.
Check around anything that enters or exits your home.
Check where the exterior walls meet the floors.
Smoke from an insence stick or a candle flame can be used as an indicator.
On a really cold day, you might be able to feel the difference in temperature near an area of leakage (it will feel colder).
Make your list and check back for the next step.
Good Hunting =)
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage