Zero Energy

Zero Energy means self-sustaining, and using no more energy than is created by the home. Is it possible?

That could depend upon energy needs, geographic locations, and even your knowledge and passion for getting “off the grid.” It has been done, though it could be quite an adventure, say some. Nationally the average single family home uses approximately 30 kWh. A good Zero Energy home may be averaging as low as 40 kWh a day, according to statistics, and a few have been able to live below that average with strict conversation habits.

History of Insulation

In the beginning insulation was a warm body, it didn’t matter if it was dead or alive, either would do as long as it retained a little camp fire heart for the insulator on a cold night. The insulator found the live body to be a bit more pleasurable than the cold dead one, but at a price. His canine best friend was glad to provide insulation, and it was pretty good arrangement, until the Ultimate Insulation arrived, and kicked the dog to the back of the cave.

About Zero Energy

Zero Energy means self-sustaining, and using no more energy than is created by the home. Is it possible?

That could depend upon energy needs, geographic locations, and even your knowledge and passion for getting “off the grid.” It has been done, though it could be quite an adventure, say some. Nationally the average single family home uses approximately 30 kWh. A good Zero Energy home may be averaging as low as 40 kWh a day, according to statistics, and a few have been able to live below that average with strict conversation habits.

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  • History of Insulation

In the beginning insulation was a warm body, it didn’t matter if it was dead or alive, either would do as long as it retained a little camp fire heart for the insulator on a cold night. The insulator found the live body to be a bit more pleasurable than the cold dead one, but at a  price. His canine best friend was glad to provide insulation, and it was pretty good arrangement, until the Ultimate Insulation arrived, and kicked the dog to the back of the cave.

Accepting the Ultimate Insulation led to dating and marriage, mother-in-laws, children, and the 60 work week. In this sequence America was born and democratized, as well,  and the Red, White, and Blue, which  began insulating the patriotic hearts of a mighty proud and warm nation of people.

Then the Ultimate Insulation started demanding insulation of her own, so the Insulator went hunting big hairy animals to insulate the other warm body. Thick hairy skins were always the best on cold nights, and slick reptile type skins were generally best used as sheets or ground cover. This eventually led to the invention of weaving and eventually to the garment industry, and fancy dress ups, and Saturday night dances. This also led to country music, rock and roll, and Tina Turner.

But then the Ultimate Insulation wanted to be warm on cold days too, while doing chores, so the Insulator stuffed the dwelling walls with hay and grass, even big hairy animal dung. This pleased the Ultimate Insulation somewhat, as long as the stinkiestparts of the insulation material was applied on the outside of the abode.  This invention led to interior design, and Walmart stores.

This made insulating more complicated of course. Some insulations keep in too many odors and vapors and others just didn’t fit color schemes. These problems made the Insulator snoop around to see what others were doing to keep their Ultimate Insulations happy. Of course this snooping was noticed and soon our Insulator was paying a consultant to advise him. This of course led to the beginning  of capitalism, and  the manufacturing and selling of insulation, which eventually led to the invention of the roof and siding salesman, the Fuller Brush man, and Bible salesman.

Soon, however, the Ultimate Insulation wanted to be cool on hot days too.  Oye! And that led to the cutting of ice,  and the invention of cold drinks, and eventually air-conditioning, swimming pools,  and casinos being built in the very hot places like Las Vegas. This led to vacations in the desert, and show girls, and slot machines, and eventually Bugsy Segal and the mob.

Then the Ultimate Insulation, as she got older, never seemed to get warm enough or cool enough, and this led to the invention of gynecologists, estrogen pills, and woman’s lib. Ultimate Insulations started demanding their own sides of the bed, their own sheets and big hairy faux blankets (kindness was now demanded toward all animals). This led to the 80 hour work week, all night saloons, divorce, alimony payments, and The Tonight Show.

Eventually, after all this,  The Insulator wound up sleeping alone or with his dog, who never asks for anything more than to be a warm body next to his master.

Thank God for insulation of all kinds, especially the cheap and unselfish ones provided by his very best friends.

 

Biggest Energy Guzzlers in the Home

The home is at peace, until the energy bill hits the fan, and then it’s every energy user: Run for the hills! The Bill Payer gathers the family together and blows everyone’s hair back with vitriol,  and  demands to know “How can this be?!” The reply is usually “Well, gee, I dunno.”

So let’s look at a few possibilities:

  • Clothes Dryer 
  • The Dishwasher
  • The Air Conditioner
  • The Refrigerator
  • Violence Sucks Energy Too