Preparation: Insulation is the key post-peak-oil

Not very glamorous I know: not as sexy as a roaring fire or gently glowing Rayburn, not as high-tech as solar hotwater or a heat-pump, but it strikes me that insulation really is the key to keeping warm post-peak-oil.

Lets face it, as oil prices get out of reach, gas and electric will follow. People are putting in wood-burning stoves at an incredible rate so we can face “Peak Firewood” pretty rapidly too. Sounds like we’ll all be shivering unless we can really minimise the heat we need to heat the house.

That means looking at everything – floors, walls, roof, windows, doors, drafts – I’ll do my research and post everything I can find on here.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tubaplayer on August 24, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    John Seymour in “The New Complete Guide to Self Sufficiency” offers “Cold? Put another layer of clothes on” or words to that effect. My partner at the time and I lived for a while in a touring caravan. On a cold morning the inside temperature was 1C (34F) – we survived!


  2. Posted by lepotager on August 24, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    🙂 Good point – need to make sure we have decent warm clothes, and also decent piles of blankets!

    But I’d also love a house which can stay above 1C !


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