A couple weeks ago, Sean and I went to a home show. We always like to attend these shows because we brainstorm, and of course, try to find a roofing vendor, etc. that would give us the best bang for our buck. And of course we’re always amused at the vendors that try to convince us that a massive waterfall “feature” is exactly what we need to complete our back yard.
One vendor that did stop us was a home energy solutions company, Next Step Living. They wanted to come to our house and show us how efficient our house is running, and show us our areas of improvements. And, it was free.
We had a nice laugh – since our house is 195 years old, we have a lot of gaps and air-leakage. They don’t build them like they used to, but at least the homes these days have insulation.
Within a couple days, an advisor came with lots of important looking gear. She was testing our furnace, and windows. She was crawling around in our attic. Tiptoeing around in the basement. She tested our carbon monoxide levels which should be under 100, and we’re at 44. Totally great.
And the next thing I knew, she was zipping up a red tarp-looking thing around our front door and all I could think of was E.T. phone home.
She had on white booty things over her shoes.
Mac rounded the corner and was like “Gahhhh!”
And I asked her, “Is Be Fed phoning home?”
That fan test-thing lasted about 5 minutes.
And now we have another confirmation that we need insulation, starting up in the attic, and we need more efficient storm windows on our windows.
Just the same, the test was interesting, and we’re glad we had it done. Here’s to making our old farmhouse more efficient.