Nathan came up with a fabulous way to save a ton of energy this winter and built it this week. We live in a darling 2 story Cape Cod that is about 95 years old. We are lucky the previous owners replaced all the windows, so we are being efficient there, but there were some other areas that were big energy drainers. The biggest culprit, the attic. As soon as you took 2 or 3 steps upstairs, you were greeted by a noticeable change in temp. Like you changed elevation 300 feet instead of just the 3. Realizing there had to be a way to keep that air from escaping from the pull down ceiling door, Nate constructed a plywood box that sits upside down over the opening so the foldaway ladder had a place to go, while blocking any big air leaks. Covering the entire exterior of the box with insulation, created an extra toasty barrier. The result....INSTANTANEOUS. Seriously, we noticed the change that very night, the heat hardly even kicked on. What a wonderful handy husband I have. Thanks sweetie.
We keep our home pretty cool in the winter. Often 62-65. Winter is all about bundling up, so layer on all those winter fashions. Wear that toasty sweater around the house with big wool socks. Buy a plush snuggly blanket, wear that super fuzzy robe over your PJ's while watching TV, or treat yourself this holiday to some great shearing slippers. A 2 or 3 degree decrease in your thermostat can save you around 5% of your bill as well as conserving energy resources. Your body will adapt quickly and it is actually a much easier transition for when you come in and out of the elements. For other easy ways to weatherproof..check out PowerHouse.