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Cozy Abode

| 5/23/2010 7:24:34 PM

Photo by Pixabay/LUM3M

I had planned to share the ups, downs, ins and outs of my eco-friendly move this week, but I am buried in boxes and need a little breathing room in order to give you a better perspective. Rest assured, I have spent more time researching an eco-friendly move than anyone else I know — and I will reveal all. My beloved friend Eric has packed up a Penske truck full of stuff from my mom’s house and is working his way to Kansas. (Even though they barely mention it, according to my research Penske has worked harder than any other national truck rental company to make their fleet more fuel-efficient.)

While Eric winds his way through Virginia and Kentucky, I am hastily stuffing the contents of my apartment into boxes. (Cardboard boxes are easy to procure; ask friends like I did or check in with local businesses to see if you can have their cast-offs. U-Haul’s box exchange is also pretty nifty.) I’m keeping myself (somewhat) sane by listening to live stories from The Moth and boning up on my grammar with the audio book Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. (I am a word freak. Good writing makes me swoon.)

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Photo by Ryan Grimm

And I am dreaming of energy efficiency.

Last week, energy auditor Ryan Grimm paid me a visit. Armed with an infrared camera, duct blaster and an odd contraption that compressed the air within the house, he determined that the air in my house exchanges with outside air at a ratio of 1:1. This means that every hour, all the air inside my home is replaced with outside air — and explains why I am now dreaming of energy efficiency.

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