Letter To The Editor
A while back, a neighbor living on Old Magothy Bridge Road had a large, dead tree taken down. It was within ten feet of the road. Being just two feet from a major electric supply line, they recognized the probability of losing power for the area. They didnt wait for the county, BG&E, or their contract service they had it done.
About trees, if you burn wood, it is better to use seasoned wood. It burns hotter and the flue gases rise and disperse. Hotter is cleaner. Wood less than a year old does not burn as clean. Meanwhile, your own children playing in your yard are at a health risk. When there is no wind, the smoke hangs low around homes. Step outside after dark and smell the smoke.
Curiously, many of these people who burn wood will spend hundreds of dollars year after year for cord after cord of wood, but dont consider adding insulation to their attics, and you only need to do it once. Lowes was selling unfaced 9 1/4 inch thick insulation for $12.48 a roll. At 31.25 square feet per roll it would take 32 rolls to do a 1,000 square foot attic space (40 by 25 feet). That would be $399.36 plus tax, less 10 percent tax credit. You dont have to go figure, I just did. You will not only be saving heating cost every year, your home will be cozy and quiet.