How far are you prepared to go for the environment?
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For day 14 of the carbon fast we were asked to consider how we heat and cool our homes.
The suggestion read “Put on a sweater and turn down your thermostat to 65°- 68° when people are home and active and 55°- 58° at night as well as when no one is home. In warm climates, raise your air-conditioner thermostat 4° or up one setting. Home heating and air-conditioning are responsible for a large portion of our carbon footprint.”
Heating homes in the UK can be a big problem with older houses. Oh for an eco build with amazing insulation!
I get that turning down your thermostat is good (although we can’t because using wood means we don’t have one), but INSULATION is the key. There is little point heating your home if the majority of that heat escapes through walls and windows.
So sure, put on an extra sweater but don’t make yourself miserable or ill in the process – these are the things that get the ‘green’ revolution a bad name.
I am a pretty tough gal when it comes to less-than-hot houses, but I have visited friends and had to keep my coat and hat on. In another friend’s house I can see my breath when I talk. Honestly, life shouldn’t be like that for anyone. It’s not that they are on the poverty line either, it’s that they are ‘green’.
Well actually they are blue around their mouths and have white fingertips…
I class myself as ‘green’, but I like my comforts and a few cosy layers, a freshly filled hot water bottle and a feather duvet are my staples, but I never accept seeing my breath in the mornings – that smacks of martyrdom to me….
What do you think? Am I being a snob? How low can YOU go?
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