Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #201 – Strippable Caulking On Attic Door

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 201 , Strippable Caulking On The Attic Opening).Just as you use caulking around window frames outside the house to stop hot air from entering so should you around your interior access area to your attic. We use the strippable type of caulking so we can easily remove it if … [Read more...]

Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #185 – Check Window Frames 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 185, Check Window Frames for Air Leaks.,Window frames is just one of the areas of a home which can have cracks and spaces to leak in hot air during the summer. Simply run your fingers along each window frame every so often when it is hot outside. If you feel hot air … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #316 – Heating – Seal Gaps in Outside Wall

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 316, Seal Pipes & Electrical Gaps on Outside Walls. After only a few years, caulking around pipes on the outside of the house can start to shrink, leaving gaps through with cold air can enter the home. It is always a good idea to check these annually, and if need be … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #315 – Heating – Caulking Window / Door Frame

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 315, Caulking (window / exterior door frame). Caulking does not last forever, especially caulking used outside the house. Check it annually and if you start to see cracks in the caulking around your windows and doors, remove the ineffective caulking and replace it with … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #313 – Heating – Weather Strip Dormant Fireplace

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 313, Weather Strip Dormant Fireplace. Fireplace dampers which do not completely close will let heated air inside the house literally go up the chimney. So, if you have a fireplace in your home that you do not use, and the damper when closed is not sealing in the warm air, … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #312 – Heating – Dryer Vent Seal

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 312, Dryer Vent Seal. Don’t forget to check the caulking around dryer vents. They are just as likely to be the cause of air leaks into your home as is damaged or bad caulking around the area where water pipes enter your home (see below) or around windows and doors. … [Read more...]

How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #303 – Heating – Strippable Caulking on Attic Door

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 303, Strippable Caulking Around Attic Door. The door to your attic contains air leaks all around the door perimeter. So, why not use some strippable caulking to seal these air leaks and help keep the heated air inside the living areas of your home. And, when you need to … [Read more...]

How To Repair Holes in Window Frames

Holes and Paint Overlap on Window Frame

A little more than a week ago I wrote a few articles about the new Kenney Truly Cordless Roman Shades which I installed on the window frames in one of our bedrooms. As you will have seen if you read that short series of product review articles, I decided to use the hybrid mounting options which saw me: remove the anchor or mounting brackets of the existing window coverings from the outside of the top vertical portion of window frame, and install the anchor or mounting brackets for the … [Read more...]

Color Coordination – Color Coordinating Floor Vent Register With Floor Tiles

Black Floor Vent Register on Charcoal Tile

In the previously article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we wrote about the technique used to secure the grout between the tile and the wood of the adjacent stairs wood hand railing. Today, we wanted to cover coordinating the color of the floor vent register with the new dark charcoal over-sized floor tiles. Here is the a picture where we used the original vent cover in the newly tiled laundry room: Typically, floor vent registers are not meant to be … [Read more...]

Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

Floor Tile Againt Wooden Hand Rail Base

In the last article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we showed and discussed the need to paint the baseboard trim after the floor tile was installed. Today, we look at a technique I had not previously come across. Apologies in advance as most of the pictures in this article are just a little blurry. OK, OK, a lot blurry. Sorry. Now to me, this part of our newly installed porcelain tiled front hallway floor looks finished. It has the grout nicely applied between the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Self Energy Audit

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 10, Home Energy Audit - Self. You can, and should, take a few minutes every so often to look for air leaks in different areas of your home, for devices which are plugged in but not running or needed to cost you money. On a cold day, simply go around to all the … [Read more...]

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