When oil refineries are on fire and the news says "if you're in the smoke, shelter in place with tape around the windows and wet towels under the door," it's a very very good reminder that you should move the whole "making house more energy efficient" thing higher up your fix-it priority list.
Because the house across the patio with its all new double paned windows? Only had to shut its door to keep out what turns out to be quite smelly smoke indeed, while my husband and I got to spend an entire hour slapping painter's tape over every single huge leaking window seal in the house. When window salespeople and energy companies and Al freaking Gore list all the good things about energy efficient windows, they always seem to miss this point. Leaky windows are a pain in the arse, come giant oil refinery fires and shelter in place orders. I think someday I'll point this out to Andersen windows, and their sales will skyrocket. And then they would reward me with free! new! woodpaned! double-panelled! windows for my whole house. Let a girl dream: it's the only way I'll get them in the near-term.
On the bonus side, my window are now festively decorated with stripes of bright green and blue.Except where my husband used masking tape in the bathroom, which just clashes with the cream walls. Thanks, love. Also, that's not going to come off easily and we'll have to entirely repaint the bathroom once the smoke clears and we try to take the tape off to open windows. I'll make sure to choose a paint color that goes well with masking-tape-dun, for next time.
Only think how useful good windows would be, in, say, chemical warfare. Then you'd really be wishing you'd listened to Al Gore.