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Seriously, they couldn't come up with anything better than these? Isn't it pretty much a given that if you're buying a new refrigerator, and putting the old one in the garage, that it's going to ADD to your fuel costs?
I also understand the concept of buying local, but how do you know whether the hardwood flooring you're buying is better than the bamboo? Maybe it came from the other side of the world, or was harvested here, shipped somewhere else to be cut, shipped somewhere else to be packaged, then shipped back? It seems to me something that grows 14 feet a year is a better solution than cutting down a tree that's going to take 50 years to replace.
I do appreciate DavidBl's suggestions on the curtains. It would be great to reduce the amount of energy we use in the winter.
It is NOT on for an extended period of time.
The expert is ignorant of a number of facts, like most "Experts".
The whole thing is a trade-off. There are no easy answers.