Saturday, December 8, 2007


$ave Money. $ave Energy. $ave the Environment.
Driving around our Island, I see many older homes with HUGE ice sickles hanging from the roof lines. That might make a nice holiday photo....sparkling ice and snow drifts...but it really isn't that beautiful when you realize that it is a snapshot of lost energy and lost money! Sparkling ice is spectacular when it's cascading off the side of a cliff in a frozen waterfall! ....but not when it's hanging off the side of a home's roof line! With fuel prices skyrocketing, I no longer find roof line sparkling ice cycles that attractive. (Not to mention how dangerous they are when they fall off the roof!) .Thinking about what to do to not only help the environment , but save money on the fuel costs? #1 on the 'to do' list is to weatherstrip homes. Did you know:-The average family needs to heat a home for at least six months out of the year (and, I think it is at least 10 months in Maine!)...and about 30 percent of a home's heat escapes through small cracks and holes that are not always easily detected. -Sealing a home can translate into an annual household savings of 5-30% on the cost of fuel bills.-Older homes are especially vulnerable to drafts, but even new homes can develop drafts as they settle. (Yesterday, on my way to the office, I saw a newly constructed home with one side of the roof lined up with those 'yucky' ice sickles! ) REALTOR® gramEpat

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