Getting it off my chest: Growing up in the 1950s, I observed that society thought they had conquered
Mother Nature and could build homes anywhere they wanted with fossil fuel heat used to make up for the
deficiencies of poor orientation, construction methods and insulation of homes.
Retail stores “magically” stayed warm despite huge glass store front windows. Since then, multiple generations of future children still believe in this “fossil fuel magic” as evidenced that the public still buys homes with large windows on the north, east and west and R13 walls that defy Mother Nature ( Earth’s rotation around the sun.)
``PeakOil” was once forecast to start running out around 2010 but fracking has extended our supply of fossil fuel for a couple more decades which gives us further “grace period” to be educated.
Today, inexpensive PV solar panels provide free electricity for heating our homes and for free transportation.
Solar Thermal Panels (water/liquid) also provide a source of warmth to the home. Solar Thermal Panels
require pipes running from the panels on the roof, down to a hot water tank. Panels, whether on the roof,
mounted on the ground or in a shared Community Solar array, mean we can consider electrifying our homes and remove any fossil fuel burning units, including gas Hot Water Heaters.
A Home Energy Auditor will advise on the amount of BTU heating you need to keep warm on a zero degree day. See a List of auditors at Xcel