My partner, Kurt, and I are just about to embark on our first energy efficient home renovation. We have purchased a house for a great price in an area of town, Shamrock Gardens, that I believe is a great investment. We begin our project soon – like, next week soon.
I plan to document our progress, experiences (good and bad), and choices as we go, but before that begins I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce my thoughts on energy efficiency and sustainable housing.
I have been pro-environment before it was a fad. I have known for a long time that we need to rethink how we live to conserve energy, natural resources, and the health of our planet. I have been studying sustainability for years and have been trying to condense the immense idea of saving the planet into something practical, a bit more digestible, and a lot less preachy. What is more practical, compact full, and easy to get behind than a good working, energy efficient home? This doesn’t mean solar panels and wind turbines, yet. No, this means great insulation, plugging holes around pipes and outlets, changing light bulbs to LED, and many other easy things to do to make a house run as energy efficient as possible.
I have been thinking, reading, talking, and writing about this for a long time, and now it’s time to put my sweat equity where my mouth is and be an example to my family, my community, and my planet. I look forward to designing and playing with this house and I hope you follow our energy efficient renovation on ShortWalkHome.com. Please let me know what you think and feel.
Image: Deborah Triplett Photography