My name is David Degling and I’ve been interested in energy conservation since my days in high school in the 1970′s. The 1973 Oil Embargo really made a big impression on me. Those high oil and gas prices are still troubling people now.
Back then my thinking was rather blunt.
How can I keep from paying big money to Big Oil? My personal answer was to use less, not by shivering in the dark, but by being smart about how I used energy.
I drove smaller vehicles that got the best gas mileage. I drove a lighter S-10 pick up truck and it got 20 mpg instead of a full size truck that got 12 mpg. I switched lights off when not in use. I set my water heater lower. I installed insulation in my home.
I found that you don’t have to suffer or compromise your lifestyle to save energy. With good decisions you can live a great life and be green!
My first house in 1981 was new and had wood double hung windows with thermo pane glass. I thought I did well until that 1st winter when I discovered that the windows whistled in the wind! Candles would get blown out!
What could I do?
I was way too cheap to even think of replacing the windows… they were brand new! I did some research at the library (this was before the internet!) and found out about magnetic inside storms. I made some and they worked OK – until the wind really blew. I made some and they worked OK until the wind really blew and they would pop off on your head!
There had to be a better way!
It wasn’t until 1991 that I found that better way. I went to a franchise & opportunity show in Hartford CT and discovered The Alternative Window Company. They were looking to set up franchises for their Spring Loaded Compression Interior Storm. I had never seen anything like this kind of storm window.
It was so simple… so tight, and it was glass! I became their 1st franchisee. I liked the product so much that I bought the company.