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My strategy is to focus on short-term, low-cost improvements and hope that massive government incentives will come about some day soon. We added another foot of insulation in our attic last fall, and have thermal drapes on all the windows. Some of the windows could use replacement, although they are all double-paned.

Big problems are

  1. Wall insulation, there is no way to improve it without ripping everything apart, and
  2. Heat pumps are expensive as all get out. And in a cold climate, you end up running the resistive electric supplementary heating so much that the payoff time is infinite.

One thing in our favor is that Colorado Springs allows homeowners to get
"all" their electricity from solar panels. That helps with the guilt trip part of things, although obviously the power at night comes from coal, mostly.

A relative built an all-electric house in Massachusetts in the 1970s as part of a utility company PR scheme when the Plymouth nuke plant was put in, then a few years later converted it to gas. Oops!

by asdf on Sun Sep 12th, 2021 at 10:57:04 PM EST
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