Why Not Start Now?
Even on a fixed income some find a way to weatherize
Doug Rye
King of Caulk
and Talk

Baby, it’s cold outside.

As I write this article, it is 14 degrees on my back porch. It was 45 degrees below zero at West Yellowstone yesterday. According to the Weather Channel, the Midwest, most of the south and the northeast are near record cold temperatures for this date.

After several years of above-average temperatures, we may have been a little spoiled.

As I woke this morning, I could not help but think of those who did not have a nice warm place to sleep last night. I also thought about you, getting your utility bills about the time you read this column.

Some simply will not have the money to pay those bills. My heart bleeds for you. I wish I could personally go to each of your houses and make them energy efficient.

The rest of you probably have at least some money to make energy improvements, which would reduce your utility bills every day for as long as you live in that house. And I say to you, “It is a new year and you can do something about it.”

Start now. Change one item at a time and you will be amazed at what you can do.

I’ve also been asked many times, “What can those with no extra money to spend do to weatherize their homes?” Here are two actual cases I would like to share with you.

I received a call recently from a fellow who said, “My wife and I have been listening to your radio program for several years. We are on a fixed social security income. Two years ago, we started buying two bags ($8 worth) of cellulose insulation at the first of each of month. I would take the two bags to the attic and spread insulation with a garden rake. I continued buying until we have now completed the insulation in our attic and, for the first time, our house is warm in the winter.”

The other case is about a lady I have known for 20-plus years. She is also on a fixed social security income. She called me about three weeks ago and told me with a very happy voice, “I finished replacing my last window today.” She has been buying one replacement window every six months for six years – two a year. Her house is now more modern, more comfortable and her utility bills are less thanks to her patience and perseverance.

I hope that these two stories encourage all of you, regardless of your income, to make changes to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Happy New Year and why not start now?


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