Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #288 – Heating – Search For Air Leaks

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 288, Spend Time Searching For Air Leaks In House. Every household can use this money saving heating tip each winter. Just as in baseball you cannot hit a pitch that you cannot see, or in football you cannot catch the pass without seeing the football, you cannot seal air … [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...]

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...]

Long Term Home Energy & Water Conservation Tips – 3

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Savings and Water Savings Guide, 2nd Edition We have reviewed over the summer and fall all the different categories of home energy and water conservation tips from our Energy Savings Guide, except one. Today we start our review of the home energy and water reduction ideas which are more strategic, more long term and which apply to all the different … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 2

DAP Tex and DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday I wrote about the air leaks we discovered around our cold cellar door during the blower test of our second home energy audit. Today I wanted to write about the solution I used. Now, as shown yesterday, we are not talking about a space that is 10 inches wide by 10 inches high. The amount of space around the door frame is around, by my calculations, about 15 square feet (36 inches wide at the top of the door + 72 inches high for one side of the door X 2 sides X 1 inch deep); … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 1

Cold Cellar Door

The past few weeks has seen us attempt to seal air leaks in our home which were uncovered during the recent home energy audit. This included: Sealing air leaks around the outside of the fireplace Sealing air leaks around the outside of the house Today we take a look at a very common place for air leaks in the basement of homes, specifically around the door between the cold cellar and the rest of the basement. In the past I had thought that having a door sweep at the bottom of the … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 3

Basement Fireplace Brass Plating

The past two days have seen us write about the air leaks around the right and left borders of our family room fireplace and how we sealed the air leaks to keep heated air inside this winter to reduce our heating bill and save us money. Hopefully they made sense to you and you added them to your own growing collection of home maintenance tips and money saving tips for the money you will save from lower heating bills this winter. Today, we take a quick look at a similar situation with the … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 1

During our second home energy audit this past spring, the blower test proved to me that we had significant air leakage around the outside of our family room fireplace, as well as the one within the billiard room of our basement.Typically when one thinks of fireplaces and heat escape in the winter, one thinks about an unsealed damper within the fireplace itself. For both our fireplaces I could feel the air rushing into the house from around the edges of the fireplace border. Today we will … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Report – Part 19 – The Second Audit-4

Basement Workroom

In Part 18 - The Second Audit-3, we list some examples of our dissatisfaction with the energy audit we received. Here was the largest air leakage which was only told to us during the follow-up energy audit.  Pictured above is the wall of my basement workroom. On the other side is the garage. Now, remember, the energy efficiency assessor is looking for air leaks during the blower test of the follow-up energy audit; the same blower test which was conducted during the first, or … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Report – Part 18 – The Second Audit-3

Blower Test Results

In Part 17 - The Second Audit-2, we wrote about how we were, and remain, strongly disappointed that the energy auditor did not take as thorough an air leakage investigation during the initial, or 'D', energy efficiency assessment (i.e. energy audit) as he did with the follow-up, or 'E', energy efficiency assessment. Let me explain why. In Part 16 - The Second Audit-1, I mentioned that I was very confident I had found and sealed all of the major air leaks identified by Bruce, the ecoENERGY … [Read more...]

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