Greenies to gather Tuesday
Green Drinks, the social networking outlet for the environmentally conscious, returns Tuesday and, according to scheduled speaker Sam Zimmerman of Sunny Day Homes ( http://www.boonegreenbuilders.com), the green discussions could save you money.
His talk, "Connecting the Dots," may only last 10 minutes, but the facts it brings up could save you hundreds of dollars, improve the quality of your home, and help the environment as a whole.
"It's basically helping people see the connection between what people do in their own homes about energy ... and the rest of the world," he said. "Our energy use in the home connects to the greater environment and socioeconomic issues in our world today."
Oil heating, for example, directly connects consumers to the fossil fuel industry and everything that goes along with it, the good and the bad.
Zimmerman will go into environmental retrofitting: A service his company provides that can go a long way toward changing the way you look at your energy needs.
The first step is finding the problems. To do this, Sunny Day Homes conducts a comprehensive energy audit. The next step is solving the problems, and the biggest issue he sees is "leaky" homes.
"We've gone into homes that were pretty new and extremely well built but, because the code has never added air leakage, even a well built home can leak a lot of air, so it can be uncomfortable and expensive to heat," he said.
To correct the problem, his team insulates and seals homes. Air, however, isn't the only leak he finds. Moisture is another common problem, "especially in crawl spaces."
"Most people don't realize it, but a great deal of the air they're breathing in... is out of their crawl space," he said, and no one wants to breathe in moisture-induced mold.
Correcting the problems goes a long way toward improving your overall quality of life.
Along with Zimmerman's talk, videos from Advantage West will be shown that, according to Blue Ridge Electric's Brian Crutchfield, "really give a good sense of how green has been a marketing strategy for North Carolina."
Green marketing "is a pretty creative and innovative approach to marketing development these days," he said, in particular in this area.
Green Drinks isn't just about environmental debate. It's also about social networking. Appetizers will be provided, and attendees can relax over a beer with like-minded adults. After all, that's why local environmental activist Quint David started Green Drinks with other Greenies last year.
"We were looking for a social outlet ... a group that could all get together and hang out in a low stress zone to talk about green issues," David said. "It's kind of like a social outlet for our green ideas."
Green Drinks meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the ReelHouse Cinemab & Draft and is sponsored by Sunny Day Homes. For more information, check out the Green Drinks Boone Facebook page.