It is time to work on your weatherization projects and finding all sorts of ways to keep the heat inside your house this winter.
Here in New Hampshire and Vermont there are a number of resources to help us save money and keep the heat indoors. Here is a new website called UV Heat (Upper Valley Home Energy Action Team) that was started by 3 local non-profit organizations: SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group), COVER home repair, and the Upper Valley Housing Coalition.
New websites are great because they have timely information. A few years from now… who knows? But the UVHeat site today has a list of low-cost tips to help you save money right now, this year: Energy Saving Tips. Just do a quick skim and see if there is one thing you can implement this weekend.
Windows are an area that are worthy of extra consideration. For my renovation at 78 Main St, the house is 150 years old, but the windows are only 4 years old. They weren’t the best energy efficient windows on the market and we are trying to build a zero net energy house… so there is work that we can do to better insulate the windows and keep out the cold air infiltration… just as you can!
Bob Walker of SERG, recently wrote a great article on Weatherizing Windows. It will be published in an upcoming printing of the Green Energy Times. I’d recommend skimming in to see if there is one thing you can do for your windows this winter.
For us we are going to come up with an interior storm window that we can remove in the spring. Bob’s article has some nice ideas for this that can implemented relatively inexpensively. Also, I was happy to be introduced through Bob’s article to Guy Marsden’s website of energy, sustainable living, art, and technology, Art Tec — cool stuff!