Thank God for Helping Us Go through the Hard Freeze
We had a Rare White Christmas
It has not snowed in Houston for many years but we just had a White Christmas in 2009. Snow is very rare in Houston and when it comes it usually melts within hours. People in Houston were having fun when it snowed. The kids went outside to play and threw snowballs at one another. One of our church members made a tiny snowman outside his home and took photographs of his wife standing next to it.
Heat Loss through the Roof
After the snow had stopped falling my wife and I went outside to our back garden to check on the plants that were uncovered. It still had snow on some of the leaves. When we looked at the roof of our house we noticed that a greater portion of it no longer had snow on it. We looked around at our neighbors’ roofs. Some had snow and some did not. I was disappointed at seeing the snow had melted so quickly on the roof of our house. This is a sure tell-tale sign of heat loss through the roof.
We all know that heat rises. If the attic is well insulated the heat will be retained inside the home. The reason why the roof of our house did not have as much snow as it should is because the heat inside our home had escaped through the roof. There is a remedy for it. We just need to have more and better insulation on the attics of our house.
Our Neighbor urged us to apply for the Free Offer from the City of Houston
We are still living in the same old house that we bought when we moved to Houston in July 1981. The house was built in 1965. As far as I know the insulation has been there since that year it was built. It is no longer as efficient as it used to be. No wonder the rooms on the second floor are much warmer in the Summer, and much colder in the Winter than the rooms on the first (ground) floor.
Just after Thanksgiving Isabella, our neighbor from across the street, came over and handed me a flyer that states the City of Houston and Direct Energy wants to help lower the energy usage of property owners by offering free energy efficiency products and services. Actually we had also received the same flyer but did not pay attention to it. There have been so many scams lately. A few days later Isabella and her husband Juan came over and talked to my wife and me. They told us their house had taken advantage of the free offer which is worth about $600. They urged us to apply for it. Our house is much bigger than theirs. If we are qualified for the Free Offer the City of Houston would be favoring us with more than $1,000. It would be a great gift for us.
City of Houston and Direct Energy Flyer
Direct Energy qualified us during the Interview in our Home
We called Direct Energy and they asked us some questions on our income. We did not want to discuss personal information on the telephone so they said they would send their representatives to interview us. Three men came to our home on Wednesday morning of December 30, 2009. I told them we are both retired and are living on fixed income. They went through our whole house and told me that we are qualified to receive the free offer. Direct Energy and I signed on some documents, after which they changed most of our light bulbs to the “compact fluorescent spiral light bulbs. They set up an appointment for Tuesday January 5, 2010 to install the new insulation in our attics.
Direct Energy is using the insulation material Cellulose that is superior to Fiberglass which is the existing material on our attic.
Comparing Cellulose with Fiberglass – Which is Better? : http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/insulation.html
Facts on Cellulose Insulation: http://www.aboutsavingheat.com/cellulose.html
The Attics on our house is now Well Insulated
On the morning of Tuesday January 5, 2010 at about 8:45 a.m. three men, different from the ones that came the previous week, came in a huge truck. They connected the flexible hose from the truck and went upstairs to our attics in the three areas, and installed the new cellulose insulation. It only took them slightly more than an hour and they did a marvelous job. We are extremely pleased with the new insulation. The best thing about it is that it is absolutely free.
Insulation Truck parked in front of our Home
Blowing Cellulose Insulation on the Northwest Portion of the Attic
Northeast Portion of the Attic before the Insulation
Northeast Portion of the Attic after the Insulation
Houston is Going to have a Hard Freeze
The weatherman on television warned us on Monday January 4, 2010 that it would be cold on Tuesday morning which is the day the insulation is installed. The forecast was 29 deg. F (-1.6 deg. C). Some of our tropical plants had already frozen during the recent snowfall so we covered most of them day before yesterday. He also warned that Houston is going to have a Hard Freeze later in the week.
A Hard Freeze is something that many Houstonians had no experience of what it is. It means zero temperature and below for many days. That is what Houston is going to have - 19 deg. F (-7.2 C) starting from Thursday through Saturday. Get prepared for it -- http://www.khou.com/internal?st=print&id=80744522&path=/community/blogs/news-weather
We Give Thanks to our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ for Guiding Us to benefit from This Free Offer
This Free Offer given by the City of Houston and Direct Energy could not have come at a better time than now when there is going to be a Hard Freeze very soon. If this offer is still available at this time in Houston or in any other city I would encourage and urge the readers to go and apply for it. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain. Praise God! HalleluYah!