I've got a Better Idea!

richg Posted By richg, Jul 12, 2008 at 12:51 AM

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  1. richg

    Minister of Fire

    Nov 20, 2005
    Instead of everybody freaking out about energy prices, panic buying pellet stoves and pellets, how about people invest some money in energy conservation? Seal up drafts, insulate the attic, wrap your water heater, etc? Money invested in energy conservation pays off for as long as you own the house, and is a lot less demanding and stressful than blowing a cerebralvascular gasket about when your new pellet stove and pellets are going to be delivered. Oh, I'm gonna catch hell for this post....
  2. sinnian

    Minister of Fire

    May 28, 2008
    Limerick, Maine
    I second this motion!
  3. mkmh

    New Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Southern, Maine
    This is just not sexy my friend. Much better to hear the outdoors with green efficient pellet heat!
    Biggest bang for the buck is almost always tightening up the house and such things. I was shocked to see how much of a difference insulating my 1999 LP 40 gallon hot water heater made. My savings have literally been in the 40% range for a 25 dollar investment (insulation kit). I wasn't excited about doing it when LP was a buck a gallon, but at 3.50 + per gallon that is looking like a pretty good investment.
    I'm going to tighten up a few more areas before fall.
  4. SteveT

    Feeling the Heat

    May 21, 2008
    West of Boston
    Rich - Fine idea.

    But implies it is either do this or do that. In fact, reducing energy loss is a big part of the solution, whether you are trying to be green, save money, or both. But getting less costly, carbon neutral energy into the house is also part of the answer.
  5. webbie

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    Staff Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Western Mass.
    Work on this Wiki article:
    100+ ways to save energy:

    In all seriousness, there is a problem with "lack of sexiness". It is very cool to show off and brag about your new stainless steel, fire view, enameled 1000 gallon storage, chip/pellet/corn burner and nuclear reactor, but it does not go over well at the bar to shout about your skill with a caulk gun nor your ability to shut off some rooms in your home.

    I think this country could save 10% on total energy use without even breaking a sweat, and up to 50% or more within 15 years if we launch a TRUE "moon shot" energy plan. But as long as we are shouting at each other 99% of the time (turn on the TV or Radio)...it's not going to happen. As bears repeating, it's every man (and woman) for themselves!
  6. slls

    Minister of Fire

    Jun 9, 2008
    central maine Lat 45
    Been there , done that, still $5 a gallon heating oil turns me OFF big time.
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