Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #347 – Heating – Cover Stained Glass Windows

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 347,  Cover Stained Glass Windows With Plexiglass. This one was given to us by a contestant in a past energy conservation contest we ran. The intent is to cover a stained glass window, if you have one in your home, with something to help keep the heat inside as most … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #344 – Heating – Properly Insulated Basement Headers

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 344,  Ensure Basement Wall Headers are Insulated.  Exterior basement wall headers are a common area of air leakage in homes. So, simply use an expandable insulating foam to seal any are leaks in this area. One way to tell if there are air leaks here is if you find that … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #309 – Heating – Insulate Exterior Wall Light Switches

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 309, Wall Light Switch Insulating Seals. While many folks think of insulating electrical outlets on exterior walls in the home (Number 308 from yesterday), frequently they forget to do the same to the light switches on the same walls. Both of these can have the same amount … [Read more...]

Sealing Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent Air Leaks

Hanging Broken Vent Register

Yesterday I showed you the broken vent register in the ceiling of our basement bathroom. In that article I sows how there was much air leakage between the metal duct and the vent boot which would have to be first addressed to stop air leak of heated (in the winter) and air conditioned cooled (in the summer) air to save money on my utility bills. So, the first thing I did was to remove the existing broken register. Now, notice if you can in the above picture, how the broken register was … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation Products and Devices Used In Our Home – Winter 2

The Internet

Yesterday we started to take inventory of all the different energy savings products and devices used in our home this past winter. In that article we reviewed the first 14 energy conservation items. Today we continue with our collection. As you review what we use, think whether you also use them in your own home. If you do, are you using them as much as you could to maximize your energy savings? If you are not, why not? And now, we continue with our list and pictures of energy … [Read more...]

Basement Electrical Outlet Air Leak

Basement Electrical Outlet Air Leak

Last winter we installed a solar air heater on the south wall of our home. It was one way we were trying to do our part for the environment and have heat generated in our home without consuming any non-renewable resources like natural gas or home heating oil or electricity (generated from fossil fuels). And, it would reduce our heating bill to save us money ... albeit in the very long run. However that is not the only way to achieve energy savings. Not by a long shot. On weekend … [Read more...]

Sealing Basement Ceiling Vent Air Leaks

Vent Opening In Drywall Ceiling

Last year, we wrote about an issue I was having with a particular vent in the drywall ceiling within one of the rooms in our home's basement. The issue I was having was that due to the poor installation of the vent by the prior owners (not that I am an experienced basement finishing expert myself ... which I am not :) ), I was having a hard time installing a vent cover or register. The opening was constructed such that I could not fit into it a standard vent register. As well, there was … [Read more...]

Flow Through Home Humidifier & Humidity Issues In House – 1

Flow Through Humidifier

Today we write about a home maintenance tip. We wrote a couple of years ago about issues we had in our house during the winter with insufficient humidity.  We tried several different things but it has never been quite right. So, imagine my shuddering when I heard the following question in my home a few days ago: "Honey, is there anything you can do to increase the humidity in the house? It is awful dry already." Oh bother. And, winter has just begun. Well, I remembered from … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 13

Basement Workroom Insulation

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Yesterday, we list some examples of our dissatisfaction with … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 12

Fireplace Brick Air Leak

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Yesterday, we wrote about how we were, and remain, strongly … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 11

Air Leakage Blower Test Covered Blower Fan In Place

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ So, right on time, Bruce from the accredited ecoENERGY … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 6

Energy Audit Report Page 1 Air Tightness

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The next recommendation in the Energy Efficiency Evaluation … [Read more...]

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