A leaflet through my door today is advertising new super double glazing. SafeStyle UK it is called! Anything with the word “Safe” in it puts me on instant alert (Safeguarding children is another one). The double glazed windows have very secure locking mechanisms and ARGON GAS in the sealed unit.
Here are two quotes from Wikipedia about Argon…
“Argon is an asphyxiant in the poultry industry, either for mass culling following disease outbreaks, or as a means of slaughter more humane than the electric bath. Argon’s relatively high density causes it to remain close to the ground during gassing. Its non-reactive nature makes it suitable in a food product, and since it replaces oxygen within the dead bird, argon also enhances shelf life.”
“Argon is used to displace oxygen- and moisture-containing air in packaging material to extend the shelf-lives of the contents ”
So it looks like argon is a killer to me, especially if you are sealed in with it. My experience of double glazing is that they frequently develop leaks over time and the sealed units are no longer sealed. So the argon will potentially leak out into the house. Probably not enough to kill, but enough to reduce our brain functioning. Now this might be survivable if we had all our doors and windows open, and some healthy draughts. But this is not what we are being driven towards.
Regulations for Eco homes say you must keep the windows shut. An important feature that is being pushed big time is to SEAL EVERYONE IN. Well they say it is to seal the heat in, but we get sealed in too. Eco homes are big business now, they are even on modern housing developments. And no one is questioning the health effects on themselves or the planet! The very thing that “Eco” is supposed to help.
Somehow everyone has been duped into thinking Eco is good. It was once, before the government hijacked the cause. It seems like Eco is being used as a vehicle to introduce unhealthy homes. The motivating factor is that you get brownie points for being a good citizen, if you are Eco, and you save money on your bills. The best way to save money of course is just to buy less, consume less.
Another thing I get bombarded with these days is insulation. Everyone seems to want to insulate my house for free. One company even claims to have a van that drives around spying on houses, to detect which ones need it! Good cover story for spying. Insulation materials are being pushed big time. What are these materials made of? I looked round an unfinished self build eco home the other day, and the insulation materials are not very nice. They look like a load of very unnatural, unhealthy chemical based stuff.
Solar panels are being pushed too, the thing to have if you are a true Eco person. I don’t know why that is. I used to think they were a good idea, but as soon as the government starts pushing something in a big way, and it is out of the hands of the grassroots people, it takes on a different agenda. I guess solar panels are introducing electricity into your roof as well as through all the floors and walls. And maybe this contributes to electrical interference in human beings.
Our homes are turning into sealed gas chambers. Though, as usual there is always some sort of choice. Before long though, we will find that it will be socially unacceptable to have a non Eco home, and those that don’t will be criticised and ostracised.
(See earlier posts: Gas Time Bomb, Environmental Footprint, More Rubbish)