Poor DH. His "Honey-Do" just keeps getting longer. I added a new one to his list last week, after talking to some friends about my blog. We were discussing ways to save energy, when MF (male friend) said that we should check our wall plugs for drafts. Apparently in his house (which was built by the same builder as ours), the wall plugs on his outside facing walls have a lot of cold air coming through them. He noticed this when he took the switch plates off to paint his hallway. He purchased foam inserts to block the draft, and says his house has been a lot warmer since.
I mentioned this in passing to DH, who rolled his eyes and commented that he didn't need another thing to do right now. I agreed and dropped the subject, figuring I'd bug him to do this eco-change later on.
Sweetie that he is, he came home with the inserts a few days ago, after checking at three different stores for them. "I didn't ask you to do that, " I said. "I know," he replied with a shrug, "but what's another item on my list?"
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Install wallplate insulators (Day 86)
Posted by Eco Mama at 4:23 PM
Labels: energy conservation, saving electricity
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Ooh! Ooh! I so did this when I redid my basement in 2008 (insulating, drywalling, finishing) It DID make a difference! I still need to get to the rest of the house. It always amazes me, the power of insulating foam, pads, fiberglass, carpet, curtains, cloth, etc. The medival castle dwellers of Europe really got that one right, with their use of tapestries!ReplyDelete
ok I guess he is a keeperReplyDelete
Yes, I think so. :) As for insulating things, I'm always amazed at how much warmer the house feels when we close the curtains at night. Sometime DH or I forget, and the lower lever is always so cool in the morning.ReplyDelete