Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #353 – Heating – Sufficient Attic Insulation

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 353, Attic Insulation. It is simple really. Hot air rises. So, make sure you have more than sufficient insulation in your attic to keep the heated air inside your home and not let it go up through your attic and out through the openings in your roof. In Canada, with the … [Read more...]

The Home Depot EcoSmart LED Light Bulbs

A19 LED vs Incandescent Light Bulb

Back in August of this year The Home Depot announced that they would be bringing to market a new line of light emitting diodes, commonly referred to as LED, light bulbs called EcoSmart. EcoSmart LED light bulbs have started to appear in The Home Depot retail outlets in the United States and should soon start to appear in its Canadian stores. Good thing. Electricity rates will be going up a whopping 46% in some areas of North America over the next 5 years! Good time to be taking a second … [Read more...]

Ontario microFIT Conditional Contracts Released En Masse?

Euro and dollar symbol

It has been about 6 weeks since I submitted my microFIT application on-line back towards the end of July. I have not received my conditional contract yet. The clock for the 40% Ontario content until 12-31-2010, rising to 60% Ontario content 01-01-2011 is ticking. And, I am not going to commit money to any installer until I have a conditional contract in hand. So, being the curious fellow that I can be at times, this past Friday (two days ago) I called up the OPA's microFIT Program … [Read more...]

Basement Foundation Wall Repair Series

Foundation Wall Inside Crack Causing Water Leak

We had a water leak in our finished basement. One winter during a thaw, clear water entered one of our finished basement bedrooms. It took us a while to discover the cause; a crack in our home's foundation wall. From the outside it looked like this in the picture below: From the inside, that same foundation wall crack looked like this after the drywall, insulation, etc. was stripped away and before it was repaired: The past month or so has seen us written a multi-article … [Read more...]

Completing the Basement Systems’ FlexiSpan Crack Repair System

FlexiSpan Urethane Sealant Overlay

In the last article in this series about the repair of the water leak in our basement, we saw the start of the FlexiSpan crack repair system being applied. Today this approach to stopping future water leaks through the crack in our basement's foundation wall is completed. Now, as we saw previously the FlexiSpan crack repair system from Basement Systems begins with properly applying urethane sealant into the crack in the wall. This is then followed by applying the FlexiSpan Foam Drain … [Read more...]

Locating Foundation Crack Inside

Removing Baseboard

Yesterday we had Fitz of Clarke Basement Systems commence the repair to the crack in our home's foundation wall by confirming the point and extent of the water leak. Today we describe how he began the repair by confirming the location of the foundation wall crack inside the house. Now remember, the FlexiSpan foundation wall crack repair system is unique to Basement Systems franchises whether in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom. So, the first thing Fitz did was to … [Read more...]

Happy Canada Day

Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake

Happy Canada Day, everyone! We will continue our adventures trimming our neglected 13 foot high cedar hedge tomorrow (actually later this evening). Today, its time to celebrate Canada. So, I think I'll have a little of this Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake to eat for desert and perhaps a snack or two throughout the day today! And, now that I have received my CD's of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, I think this morning I'll watch the gold medal ice hockey game. You know the … [Read more...]

Bagster Bag Review

Unfolding Bagster

Yesterday I described the Bagster Bag, the so called dumpster in a bag, waste removal product for home renovation, demolition and other contractor or DIY projects. We were honoured that DailyHomeRenoTips.com was the first to use this product in Canada. It has been available in the United States for a while now. We received one to try and just in the nick of time as we had just finished our bathroom floor tiling project. The completion of this renovation project saw a fair amount of waste … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes – Number of Assessors Displaced

On this Earth Day I thought I would write about the implications of a very recent not so environmentally supportive decision by the Federal Government of Canada. Trust. A simple 5 letter word. Yet, for such a simple word it can be hard to obtain. And, when lost, it can be almost impossible to retain. Back on March 31, 2010 it was announced that the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program, the one which provided financial incentives for Canadian households to undertake energy … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes – 3 Year Anniversary

March 31, 2010 marked the 3rd year anniversary of the Federal ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program in Canada. The intent of the program is to provide financial incentives to Canadian households to undertake prescribed energy conservation investments in their homes such as replacing inefficient major 'appliances' such as central furnace or air conditioner with a high efficiency model, improve the attic or wall insulation, reduce air leaks through various means including replacing windows and doors … [Read more...]

3V Visa® Pre-Paid Voucher Review – Three Strikes

The past two days has seen me try the new pre-paid voucher from 3V Visa and encountered nothing but problems. First it was at Home Depot Canada's web site and next at Tim Hortons web site. For the third strike I tried to order dinner at one of the most Canadian, since this is supposed to be a Canadian product, restaurants I know ... Swiss Chalet. Now I have enjoyed Swiss Chalet dinners for over 30 years. Yum. So I placed an order totalling $19.31 ... well within the $20 card  … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 3

Energy Audit Report Page 1 Recommendation Basement

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 far we have looked at the EnerGuide Rating within the … [Read more...]

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