Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pumped Full of Insulation

Our home is dusty. Our cats are recovering. Our house is pumped full of insulation. Green$aver spent three days filling our walls with cellulose and crawling into our teeny attic space to lay down insulation, leaving in their wake hose and crawl size patches in our walls.

Now we have to paint. Happily we’ll paint just the walls that were affected, however now we have an opportunity to change our colour scheme in the hall and upstairs rooms, something we’ve wanted to do for some time.

We plan to visit Farrel & Ball, which provides clay-base and low VOC paint.

It’s a lot of work and a bit discombobulating but well worth it. Our 90-year old house, which up until now had very little attic insulation and nothing in the walls, will do a much better job in keeping in the heat, as will the new Energy-Star rated windows and doors we recently had installed. Green$aver helped us get the R composite insulating value for the walls up to R-12 and the attic up to R-50.

Isaac, one of the guys who got to know our attic very well, gave us insulating pads to place around the electrical outlets. We’ll be doing that, securing them with a bit of caulking, and covering unused outlets with childproof plugs. I’ll also go around and caulk areas such as baseboards that I missed last year. I’ll wait for a windy day to do so, finding the drafty areas with an incense burner.

In the News

I took part in AVAAZ's Global Wake Up Call on climate change on September 21, representing C-Day: Fill the Hill. A sizable group of us engaged in a flashmob at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square demanding a fair and binding treaty on climate change, based on science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets.

I wrote about it on the C-Day blog – The Age of Stupid or The Age of the Green Transition?

We were among hundreds of thousands of people world-wide, calling for the same thing.

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