The day after the winter solstice, my (as yet) uninsulated, mid-north coast NSW, weatherboard house has seen temperatures as low as 14degC thus far this winter.
While my neighbours are burning tonnes of wood and chewing through scads of electric reverse-cycle heat energy, I am yet to use any artificial heating device.
I simply wear more (and warmer) clothes, and am perfectly comfortable watching the idiot box with a rug over my legs as well.
IMHO people need to 'harden up'. 14 degC is NOT cold.
Warm the BODY not the air around it FIRST.
When the sun dips below the horizon - I change my 'daytime' clothing for thermal underwear, thick socks, warm boots, pullover, a polar fleece jacket and a cap (to reduce heat loss from the head).
On coldest nights (14 degC) I wear a thicker, lined polar fleece outer shell.
And I am yet to feel 'uncomfortable'.
I think we need to re-address the meaning of 'sustainability' coupled with an improved understanding of what the term 'energy efficiency' really means.
I take my lead from Abraham Maslow's 'hierarchy of needs'.....
People may 'want' to be able to walk around the house in mid-winter wearing only lightweight summer clothing and, as a result, feel the 'need' for mechanical warming.
But this is NOT a fundamental 'need' (see Maslow) - it is a "lifestyle choice".
You choose it, you pay for it, and we all - collectively - suffer the consequences of your decision (and I use the term 'your' in the pluralist sense) by way of increased carbon pollution and climate change.
YOUR "lifestyle choice" is impacting on MY 'quality of life'.
And that of every other living thing on the planet......
The term 'low-energy house' is, on those terms, somewhat misleading. What is REALLY required, and far more urgently, is a 'low-energy lifestyle'.
But perhaps that's another topic?
And before the flamethrowers are ignited, I heartily commend ANYONE who is attempting to do ANYTHING to reduce their energy consumption - whether it be via 'lifestyle choices' or via 'engineered' solutions such as many of those proposed in this and other threads.
Every little bit helps....
Posted Thursday 23 Jun 2011 @ 1:51:13 am from IP #