Spreading the word

Click for a larger version. I have put a sign outside my house!

One of the aims of my mission to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from my house was to make sure that, in the end, the house looked normal.

And with annual carbon dioxide emissions reduced by an estimated 80%, I feel I have succeeded: the house still looks very ordinary.

I felt that if the house looked futuristic or weird, it might deter people from doing something similar.

But one flaw in that strategy is that as people walk past – they don’t notice the house at all!

So I have put up an A4-sized notice board in the front garden to tell people how amazing the house is.

A notice board? 

I am aware that the 21st Century offers opportunities for communication other than noticeboards.

I have heard that entirely visual apps such as Tickety Tok and Instantgram are very popular with the under fifties.

But there are also a lot of people filling those channels of communication with a tsunami of… stuff.

I am targeting the pensioners and families of Teddington, many of whom – but by no means all – are in a position to do something similar to their own homes.

Frankly, I am not optimistic – but I thought I would give it a go.

I’ll let you know how it goes.


2 Responses to “Spreading the word”

  1. simonselectriccar Says:

    Great idea. Energy use is almost invisible, unfortunately. We have a similar ordinary looking “semi” which we extended and insulated as we went. Heating bills are a fraction of what they used to be. I think of these houses as local power stations!

    • protonsforbreakfast Says:

      Yes. If I get socially braver I may try to establish some kind of links between ‘power houses’ in the area – sort of like Dominic Zapaman and the Carbon Coop in Manchester.

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