Thank you for all the suggestions on how to lower my oil bill. You have opened my mind to many options. This is exciting, because even though I read a lot and am quite well educated on issues of sustainability, there were suggested techniques I didn’t know about.
Equipped with new ideas and insights about sustainable energy opportunities for the homeowner, I made a number of calls to local companies to ask them for estimates on everything from geothermal, to air source heat pumps and hot water solar panels. I’ve poured over Web sites, tried to wrap my head around what “tons” of energy are, and tried to do a solar site survey myself. (I receive 4 to 5 kWh/m2/day–whatever on Earth that means!) I am left confused and flummoxed. Add to that, none of the local companies called back to arrange the appointments that they promised on their Web sites, although all said it would be no problem to install even geothermal by October.
I did find one fun and helpful idea that might be great for many of you out there. On the Build It Solar site is a very cool idea called the “Half” program. It is a family’s guide to cutting energy use, energy costs, and CO2 emissions in half. The site advises us to learn by their example, the projects they did, graphs showing their progress, the lessons learned, and shows us how to do this ourselves.
So I am off for a 10-day vacation in the mountains of Colorado for an intensive sound healing retreat, and I’ll be leaving my research on my desk for now. But I’ll be checking online frequently for your advice because I will be coming home with great determination to have a sustainable heating system by the time I host Thanksgiving at my house in November. Thank you in advance for your suggestions.