Heating Yourself, Not Your House

 

Here is an awesome article on heating and insulating the self first and the house or space second. It talks about self insulation.

Modern thermal underclothing offers the possibility to turn the thermostat much lower without sacrificing comfort or sex appeal.

Of course its great to insulate your house, but should we all really be running about our houses naked in the middle of winter? I think we could all be doing the world a little favor and save some energy (not to mention moolah!) by wearing a nice sexy undershirt.

And then there’s THIS article on efficient heating of the space around one’s self. This blog post is pretty epic. She talks about different techniques to heating the person instead of the whole space. She goes through a whole trial and error process and the results of it. I’ll admit her techniques won’t work for everyone, but if that stops you, maybe you didn’t really want to do it in the first place. She managed to save buckets (I’m presuming one could fill at least one bucket with 250 crumpled ones) of money, and for people with larger houses this could save even more.  She has charts and graphs and seriously covers all the questions you might have. Excellent inspiration.

 

So there it is. Maybe we should be turning the spyglass inward and focusing on ourselves this season.  At least as far as the heating goes.

 

Sources:

Insulation: First the Body, Then the Home

Micro Heaters Cut 87% Off My Electric Heating Bill

Rocket Stove Heating

Check out this rocket stove mass heater.  This method of heating your house and rear combines efficiency, safety, affordability and style.

The rocket mass heater:

  • heat your home with 80% to 90% less wood
  • exhaust is nearly pure steam and CO2 (a little smoke at the beginning)
  • the heat from one fire can last for days
  • you can build one in a day and half
  • folks have built them spending less than $20

Portable versions are also available for those with a mobile lifestyle.

Hop on board the rocket, heat your home and save your pocket.  Okay, that was really lame, but try it anyway!