2010: it was the coldest January for 20 years. Or is it set to be the coldest February ever? Or maybe both? I know I’m looking forward to warm spring weather, but until the clock ticks us to May being at home isn’t that bad. I think it’s because we’ve tried hard to make it energy efficient knowing this doesn’t just produce lower bills, it also makes living here a great deal more comfy, especially for families with very young children. This post is by Nicola Baird.
I’ve been working on the final proofs of my book Homemade Kids: thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children this week (due to be published by Vermillion in July) and it reminded me how strange people must have thought a new mum obsessed with thermal ratings rather than fingernail growth, colour swatches and the TV good or bad debate. Actually I love all that, love dealing with little children and love choosing paint/wallpaper etc, but now the weather’s so cold I’m just so glad that we invested the time, research and cash in making our house a good place to hang around in. It’s true my kids are slow to throw their outdoor coats off, but that’s more to do with them being aware that they need to adjust to the room, rather than make the room adjust to T-shirt wearers.
Good Energy – the company I buy my renewably-sourced electricity from, and also export our solar-generated electricity too – asked me to do a blog this week, and here’s the link. Apparently it has 2,000 visitors a week, amazing. Here’s hoping some of those readers will reconsider priorities at home so that energy-efficiency is tackled before decor. Whisper it, but apparently this can be a good way to clinch a house sale too…