Dan1 150x150 AboutHi, I’m Dan.

Yes, I am just like most of you.

That is because most of you are not home improvement contractors, professional or otherwise. icon wink About

As well, most of you do not work for a home repair or improvement retailer, company or service provider.

Most people I meet try to be careful with their money and want to learn and benefit from others’ experiences.

I do have a financial professional educational and work background; heck, I even used to be an auditor, can you believe that? icon smile About

I also have a graduate degree in education, earned when I went back to school in my 40′s to earn my Masters of Education.

Please use the search field in the upper right area as well as the primary and secondary menus at the top to locate a topic you are interested in to repair, improve or renovate your own home.

We have been doing this for a while now so likely we have some lessons we can share with you to save you time and money.

As well, please do visit even a little bit our site advertisers. Yes, it does cost a bit to host a web site so your support of them as well as their support of Daily Home Renovation Tips are both appreciated.

And, if you have any questions at all, whether you want my thoughts on this or that situation or if you are a vendor who would like to inquire about the few advertising opportunities on our site, just send me an email. My email address is Dan@DailyHomeRenoTips.com.

Lastly, don’t forget about saving energy and water used in your home through our:

  • Green Savings page with more than 530 ways to reduce energy and water usage to save you money,
  • Green Actions collection of categories for renovating, repairing or improving your home related to saving energy or water, or
  • SavingsGrid.com associated web site devoted exclusively to helping you save money through reducing energy or water you use.

Welcome and enjoy!

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  1. Bruce Jones says:

    Great job on moving over your home improvement blog from Blogger to WordPress. It looks like you put it together nicely.


  2. Dan says:

    Thanks very much, Bruce. Glad you made it here!

  3. If your house renovation is as successful as your “blog renovation” has been, you’re going to have one very lovely home!

  4. I really like that you are passionate about energy conservation. I also like that you have a large section on basements ;-) you don’t find many people that have a passion for their basement!

  5. Lorraine Cunningham says:

    I would like to know if my claim for a rebate has been worked on. It was done on Aug.14-2008 File #22P4E00082 in Barrie Ont.I was hoping for the money for X-mas and that is too late now .

  6. Dan says:

    Hi Lorraine,

    Great Q; however, I am not the person to be asking.

    I’m simply a home owner just like you.

    I suggest you contacdt which ever company you used for your ecoENERGY Assessment and ask them. They might investigate for you or they may give you the contact information for the department within Natural Resources Canada.


  7. mary says:

    where is your house located?

  8. Dan says:

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks for the Q.

    We are located in North America where we get significant snow in the winter and significant heat in the summer.

    Was there a specific reason behind your Q beyond simple curiousity?


  9. Queenie says:

    Hi Dan:
    Wonderful website. I am a novice at energy saving but when your new home *century home* propane bill is $500/month, you really have to start waking up. I was wondering if you live in Canada because I am definitely interested in your solar air heater and was not sure if we could buy the same in Canada (ontario) and if there are any taxes (customs, gst/pst). Iam also having a energy auditor come in next week as one of my pipes froze due to one wall that was not or not properly insulated and my house got flooded. Insurance may need to replace the kitchen cabinets, and therefore I want to make sure I insulate that wall properly before the cabinets are put back.

    Thanks again.

  10. Dan says:

    Hi Queenie,

    First, thank you.

    Second, yes, the solar air heater we purchased and installed is Canadian based. You can access their web site and indicate you are interested by clicking on the picture of the solar air heater on the south wall of our home over there on the upper right area titled “Featured Energy Conservation Products Used in Our Home”.

    Third, house flooded due to pipe bursting, wow. But, as far as the energy auditor, a few thoughts:

    a. the energy auditor should be your first step to participate in the ecoENERGY Retrofit program (see our ECOENERGY page for our experiences with this program.

    b. if the pipe did burst due to becoming frozen in a new home, you want a home inspector because the home would not have been built up to code for sufficient insullation. I am not a lawyer and do not give legal advice; however, if what you ‘said’ is the case you might have recourse against the builder but only if it can be proven that the buiiding was not constructed up to code. At a minimum, you should talk with your insurance agent / broker / adjuster to find out what you need to do to ensure that the fix to the wall / plumbing is up to code.


  11. chuck says:

    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for the great series on solar power!
    I have been reading up on this and would like to install a rooftop system of about 3KW. I can be too much of a perfectionist and financially conservative at times. But this does look workable for me. My electrical knowledge is limited to elective classes in mech eng, but I can understand enough for this stuff. I will have it installed professionally, but i just need to know how it all works first.
    Thanks again,

  12. Dan says:

    Hi Chuck,
    I’m glad you liked my experiences with home solar power and MicroFIT.

    I know, like most people, even less about electricity, never even having taken a course in college on it.

    Do be sure to use your own assumptions for your own personal information. I hate to see my large south facing roof not doing anything other than keep the rain and snow off our heads but I’m not convinince that for our situation it makes financial sense at this time; especially compared to a conservative RRSP investment.


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