the environmental challenge
I was reading this article on nytimes.com about energy efficient houses. It turns out that heat is a key element to a house’s energy efficiency. This reminded me of the Habitat for Humanity build that I went on a few weekends ago. I spent my time insulating the walls. Obviously, the cost of heating comes to mind when you think about insulation; the better insulated your home is, the less you need to spend to heat it. This works both ways, heat going in and out of your house causes the level of efficiency to drop. Updating your home’s insulation, and improving insulation through either large home-renovations or even simply sealing your windows in the winter or installing new window shades, can lower the heating bill significantly. Doing this does require money and a bit of initial effort, but for those of us who it is difficult to remember to unplug the lamp every time we leave the house, this option requires less total effort, as well as saving you substantial amounts of money. Teaching green, as suggested in this article, is important because it makes your actions more effective and meaningful.
Do you guys think that every little action counts? or are you more pessimistic? At what level or levels do you think that change needs or needs not to be made to affect the environment?