A surprising number of homeowners were home schooling; all of these among our clients who were either contracting the home themselves, or actually building the package themselves with the help of friends, relatives, and their school age children.
Enertia® was first introduced to home schooling by our plant manager who choose to home school and a number of times, brought his son to work. That son later went on to graduate a 5 year engineering program in four years, with honors, and was offered a job on graduation day.
Not being able to stop myself (just in case our kids would like more information) I looked up more neutral sources regarding the Enertia theory. A particular piece of the review made me smile comparing the Enertia homeowners with its homeschooling subset and its different path not as smooth and typical. From Sustainablog and a BuildingGreen.com quote:
According to data published on the Enertia website, the Durham home has logged a 66% energy savings over a regional benchmark. However, Miller said that when he visited the house it was 80°F (27°C) and humid inside, whereas many people would be more comfortable with the thermostat at about 73°F (23°C) and with reduced humidity.Miller’s report echoes a pattern that EBN found with other Enertiahomeowners—they were willing to tolerate less comfortable conditions than the average homeowner. That kind of habit change is great for the environment, but it makes an apples-to-apples comparison with other homes harder, since any home can use less energy if the occupants are willing to compromise their comfort. Part of Enertia’s apparent virtue may simply be the virtue of its occupants.
I'm definitely not inferring homeschoolers have more virtue than other families choosing a more traditional educational path. But most homeschoolers' comfort level being way outside the box can't be contested. We all do it in a different way, but I have found homeschoolers tend to like homegrown, homemade, home spun and home educated. That homey touch is moving into larger demands as we all learn quality does count. But homeschoolers also like our families being home.
Continuing from Sustainablog:
That's a long quote, I realize, but it details a problem that will ultimately keep this home from the mass market: most people would love the energy savings, but want to also remain comfortable. While 73 degrees seems a bit excessive, few people will want to live in a warm, humid house.
Sustainablog's author provided me a (possibly sketchy) analogy into the possibility homeschooling will likely not reach the "mass market". Seems like it would not occur unless the public school industry successfully manipulates our name and presence into the public school purse. (They're trying) But few families believe they can homeschool or want to homeschool enough to make the big move into the 80 degree environment.
I am hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling next week. Please pass along your blog submissions. I'm looking forward to reading them. More information is provided at the Carnival of Homeschooling host's blog.