Friday, October 21, 2011

Energy saving information


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

Last week as I stood in the forest gazing at the mountains, I noticed that there was quite a lot of snow gathering on the peaks. Winter's coming, folks, and I don't intend to freeze nor run up a lot of bills this cold season. This week, I got to work winterizing the cabin. Here are some tips:

First, to save big money, lower your thermostat. I keep mine on the floor. Next, to keep precious heat from escaping, I caulked around my doors and windows. The heat can't escape now because I caulked and now my doors and windows can't open. I have to enter the cabin through the fireplace chimney. You should see my laundry bill, and getting out of the cabin is no picnic either. Also, good to know, storm windows actually do pay for themselves. Most companies, however, still insist on sending their bill to you every month for the next five to 15 years.

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I also intend to save money by installing a "low-flow" showerhead. They're really not that all bad once you get used to showering on your knees. I keep my towels on the floor next to my mirror for shaving.

I've asked Idaho Power to make a thermogram of my cabin home. They simply fly over your home in a helicopter and take an infrared picture that will show me exactly where the heat is escaping. They provide this service free simply by raising everyone else's utility rates. And, they still owe for two Christmases ago when all the power went out.

Of course, a lot of the money you spend on heating may be wasted. One method of dealing with this is to sue your landlord or the company that built your home. In my case, it's the Union Pacific Railroad and I'm sure they'll want to settle for personal relation purposes.

Nice talking to you.




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