News: Confronting the polar vortex and oven blast of summer

Yep, we all have officially had enough of the cold, ice, sleet and snow. I don’t care what you call it, like most I am ready for Spring, some warmer weather and a little bit of gardening here and there.

There is one thing for certain this winter, we went through 4 tons of wood pellets to heat our home by the end of February. Usually they last through the end of March. And, no sooner are the memories of the cold weather in the past that the heat of the Summer will be here and everyone will long for the days of cooler weather.

As someone who has participated in workshops related to energy planning one thing that stands out to me is where folks in Germany and other nations are ahead of us in making their homes more energy efficient. In Germany where electric rates are three times what they are here and natural gas supplies not as abundant as we have in America, it is an economic necessity to improve the efficiency of their homes. And, unlike the Commonwealth of Virginia where the State sets building code requirements, they have much more stringent building codes that require more efficiently built housing stock.

So what can we do as a community?

Read the full opinion piece by Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro. (Purcellville Gazette)