Windows, Window Coverings, And Thermal Long Underwear
ENERGY COSTS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE
As John Michael Greer noted in his recent post at The Archdruid Report,
One way or another, though, whatever income my readers happen to have coming their way in the months and years ahead is likely to buy quite a bit less energy than the same amount of money buys at present. That makes finding ways to make less energy do more work crucial just now – and that, in turn, leads to windows.
If you’ve caulked and weatherstripped your home, and have a decently thick layer of insulation in the attic, your windows are where the largest fraction of your remaining heating bills go dancing out into the great outdoors.
HAVE AFRICAN-AMERICANS FORGOTTEN HOW TO WEAR SWEATERS INDOORS DURING THE COLD MONTHS?
Reading a recent Low-Tech Magazine post, Insulation: first the body, then the home, reminded me of something that I’ve noticed while visiting a number of “new-school” African-Americans’ homes during fall and winter. It doesn’t seem to occur to them to turn the thermostat down and wear sweaters indoors during the cold months. Instead, I see a lot of Black folks who habitually keep their homes warm enough to wear cotton T-shirts and shorts year round.
This is incredibly wasteful, in addition to being expensive. I don’t think it’s a conscious, deliberate choice on their part to be wasteful. I think it’s an example of how certain practices become normalized, and therefore invisible to the people who engage in those practices.
SOJOURNERS KNOW BETTER THAN THAT
Sojourners are more self-aware and conscious than that. As global citizens, we realize that people in other countries generally aren’t as wasteful as many “mainstream” Americans. As global citizens who are good guests wherever we travel, we seek to purge ourselves of these wasteful, mainstream American energy-consumption habits. We know how to turn down the thermostat and put on sweaters.
Please take the time to read the links and check out the thermal underwear in the Icebreaker catalog.
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