The log cabin sits not a mile from where June T. grew up. It’s an idyllic, peaceful place for her six pet llamas that supply the fiber June uses to felt rugs: the older Tiza and Alex and then the new little girls: Hyacinth, Daisy, Rose and Violet. The llamas we cozy under their thick wool but June lacked window comfort.
June’s craft circle, all people who raise llamas, regularly visit to felt, knit, crochet and weave the fiber from their animals. They even dye it themselves, but because they aren’t precise people, June says, “If we find a color we like we can never redo it, so we have to fight the tyranny of perfection.”
But the drafts blew threw the windows in the Northern Vermont cabin and the crafting got cold in the winter. June would install clever, homemade exterior storms made from sheets of glass but these were heavy and required her to climb a ladder. That had started to feel dangerous.
Then June decided to make her home more energy efficient. She bought a new furnace. Pierre Martelle from Green Mountain Zerodraft insulated and air sealed. He suggested she use Indow Windows to block the drafts and so she bought thermal inserts for every one of her 18 windows.
“It’s made a great difference,” she said.
The drafts are gone and there’s no longer any condensation on the windows. When Pierre decided to do a blower door test to see how the Indow Windows performed, the two of them easily popped them all out and then put them back in in just minutes. That test showed that Indow Windows created a significant 450 cubic feet per minute reduction in air infiltration.
Some in June’s crafting circle have been raising llamas for upwards of 25 years and they’ve become tight-knit group. Everyone knew she was getting Indow window inserts and when she later asked, “So, how do you like my windows? They couldn’t see them and wanted to know ‘Where are they?’ “They really do not show,” said June who chose a brown silicone gasket to blend with the woodwork. One llama friend liked them so much she ordered some for her own home.
Twenty years ago June and her late husband installed solar panels on the roof to heat the water and five years ago a photovoltaic tracker in the backyard. With these new energy efficient upgrades to the log cabin, June continues to shrink her carbon footprint. She has no doubt her energy bills will go down. And maybe more importantly with the current subzero temperatures, she’s staying comfortable inside.
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