Home Energy Conservation and Renovation Tips – One Year Anniversary

Today, October 26, 2008 marks the first full year anniversary of Daily Home Renovation Tips. We have learned a lot from both writing about our experiences (‘to teach is to learn’) as well as the many comments we have received from our visitors.

Quite honestly, a year ago we didn’t even think past the next day as far as what we would be writing about.

We would like to thank all those who supported us, including Rebecca (Domestik Goddess), Sue C. (Lighthouse News),  Gui O’Connor (Website Design)  and more recently M. Siyab (Putting Blogs First) over at Authority Blogger Forum. Their help on the technical part of building and maintaining our site was and continues to be invaluable.

We also want to thank our visitors who have supported our site sponsors. I’ve learned a lot about the world of blogging this past year. One, it is harder than it appears. And, second, most bloggers do rely on visitors to their site clicking on those site sponsor ads to help the blogger pay for site hosting fees, etc. So, thank you for that.

Now, you might be curious to know which were the most popular articles or pages we have published over the past year. Well, according to Google Analytics, of the over 5,000 pages which were viewed over 130,000 times over the past year, here are the top 5 pages view by our site’s visitors:

  1. Solar Power Lawn Mower – Part 1 – No More Excuses (published April 16, 2008)
  2. Solar Charged Lawn Mower – Part 5 – Time For The Test Drive (published April 25, 2008)
  3. Home Renovation Tips – Color / Colour Coordination (published November 28, 2007)
  4. ecoENERGY page
  5. Projects page

In addition to the above, coming in at number 6 is our personal favorite (due to ease of product installation, product effectiveness and environmental support) was Exterior Solar Blinds – Part 7 – Instullation Results (published April 17, 2008).

So, where do we go from here? Well, we have renovated our Family Room, Kitchen, two en suite bathrooms, areas in our basement, the front door (twice!), all the windows (yes, with ENERGY STAR rated windows) on the main floor, the front gardens, back fence, and more.

Will we continue to product a new article every day? I have to be honest with you; no. Likely we will publish four to five times a week.

Do we still have renovations to experience and write about? Oh my, yes.

Our solar air heater is a new article series. There is much to write about this wonderful environmentally friendly air heating device.

We may go with a solar water heater; still not sure about that one … still investigating.

Will we write about the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program? Yes. We want to track its degree of penetration with Canadian home owners and changes that are made during it’s existence.

Energy efficient and conservation products tend to, in our experience, cost more than energy inefficient products. Just compare the cost of a gas-engine car to one which runs on electricity or solar energy. We are of the opinion that Country governments across the world need to directly assist consumers in making energy efficient and conserving products at least as cost effective as energy inefficient products.

We will write a little more than we have in the past about energy conservation and products for the home we like and do not like. The axiom ‘to teach is to learn’ is appropriate to writing articles on a web site. So, by writing about such products we are forced to learn more about them for ourselves. After all, we are consumers just like you. icon smile Home Energy Conservation and Renovation Tips   One Year Anniversary

When we started a year ago, we didn’t even know that products such as solar charged lawn mowers, solar air heaters and exterior solar blinds even existed. We didn’t know about the ecoENERGY Retrofit program. However, our research for purposes of writing about energy conservation activites and products for the home lead us to uncover those products and specifically the ones we used in our home.

We are excited about where the next year will take us and DailyHomeRenoTips.com.

We will do our best to keep the advertisements down to a minimum; however, a fella’s gotta eat, right?

Join us, won’t you. icon smile Home Energy Conservation and Renovation Tips   One Year Anniversary   as we continue on our journey in learning more and more about home renovation, home maintenance and home energy conservation. We hope you will not only be entertained but also learn information and tips that you can yourself use in your own home.

Tomorrow, another new article.

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Comments

  1. Hey, happy blogversary! It’s very nice to see a good blog coming through so well amidst the chaosphere out there. Congratulations.

  2. rjleaman says:

    Congratulations on achieving the one-year milestone, Dan! It’s been a real pleasure to watch your blog grow and evolve and become a truly useful resource for homeowners. All the best for your second year of Daily Home Reno Tips, too!

  3. Sue says:

    Congratulations Dan. You’ve worked hard on this site, and it’s become a go-to source for all things home improvement and energy conservation.

    May the second year of Daily Home Reno Tips be twice as successful as the first. Best wishes!

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