Shopping is Important

Sunday, July 23, 2006

ShoppingisImportant is a guilt-free blog. It's insanely hot around here right now. A lot of people don't have air conditioners because most years, they just weren't needed. So some people are shopping for air conditioners. I say, buy one. There is no point to being uncomfortable in your own house. Yes, they use a ridiculous amount of electricity, and that puts stress on the power grid. Buy an air conditioner anyway, but keep it set at 78 degrees. If you're not comfortable in your house, you won't be searching the internet for ways to retrofit your home so that it will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Our house was built in the '70s, with essentially no insulation. We got an energy audit and recommendations to make our house more comfortable and energy-efficient. We're getting a new roof next week. There will be plywood sheathing and tar paper under the tiles (instead of nothing) and lots of insulation batting and blown-in insulation. There will be new vents and a solar-powered fan to keep the air moving through so moisture won't collect up there. We should be much more comfortable; I'll let you know.

So do what you have to do to make your life work. Don't feel guilty! Instead, recognize the impact your choices have and try to mitigate it. Get a more fuel-efficient car, even if a hybrid won't work for you. Eat vegetarian and/or vegan a few times a month. Retrofit your life one step at a time and tell your friends what you're doing. MoL8r.

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