Have you seen those infomercials that show hundreds of dollars literally flying out from under a drafty door? Meet my pet door. If I had hundreds of dollars, I’d have taped them to the bottom of it to pretend like they, too, were flying out. Instead, I “staged” this picture with an old, brightly striped beach towel so you could really tell how much it blows open.
Okay, I lie. That picture isn’t staged…I just have a really junky back patio right now.
Anyway, this picture shows what my dog door does on a perfectly normal day. I live in a really flat area, so it’s perpetually windy here. Our builder installed the world’s cheapest (to them) pet door, and it blows open about 75% of the time. I guess my money (in the form of heating/cooling) really was flying out of the pet door! The door is right by my seat at our dinner table, and my feet froze all winter long. Don’t even get me started about what happens every time it rains.
So, as part of Apartment Guide‘s “Green Up a New Space” Blogger Challenge, we decided to replace our dysfunctional pet door with one that would stay closed. We chose the”energy saver” Ruff Weather pet door, because it a) has dual flaps that will keep the rain out, b) is rated to stay closed in winds of 30 mph, and c) was in stock at my local Home Depot. It cost $109 (but we needed the extra large size, as you’ll see below). The new door is slightly larger than our last one, so my husband had to cut a slightly larger hole in the door with a jigsaw – no big deal.
The new door was greeted with some initial hesitation.
“Um, you want me to go through TWO doors?” -Duke
“Huh?” -Jackson (he’s really simple minded.)
Now that it’s been installed for a few days, we can already tell a night and day difference. The door(s) have not blown open a single time. My feet no longer get cold when I’m eating. The dogs have even figured out to how to use it.
Keeping our heat and cold air inside our house is going to make a huge difference for us. We won’t be “air conditioning the whole neighborhood” as my mother used to say, which means that we won’t be using as much electricity. Installing a more energy efficient pet door is just one way you can go green without spending a ton of green.
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