Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #323 – Heating – Insullate Exterior Door Frames

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 323, Insulate Around Exterior Door Frames. Just as it is important to ensure that there is sufficient insulation around window frames, it is similarly important to ensure that there is sufficient insulation round door frames leading outside the house. If you are having a … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #298 – Heating – Cold Cellar Weather Stripping

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 298, Weather Stripping On Cold Cellar Doors. If your home has a cold cellar, this money saving heating tip is certainly for you. Make sure that the weather stripping on the left side, the right side and the top of the door frame for your cold cellar door is actually … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #297 – Heating – Weather Stripping on Exterior Doors

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 297, Weather Stripping On Exterior Doors. Make sure that the weather stripping on the left side, the right side and the top of the door frame for your exterior doors are actually working to keep out the cold air in the winter (and the hot air in the summer). There should … [Read more...]

Home Smoke & CO Detectors

First Alert Smoke and CO Detector

This weekend we turn our clocks back 1 hour in most of North America as we switch from Daylight Savings to Standard Time. As part of this semi-annual routine we are reminded ever where that this is when we should check the air filters in our furnaces and we should especially check the batteries in our battery operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, check your fire extinguisher, and so on. If our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are hard wired, we should test them using … [Read more...]

Caulking Bathroom Door Frame Completed

Door Frame With Caulking 1

Yesterday, we wrote about the absence of caulking between the door frame and wall of our shared bathroom, leaving the up to 1/4 inch gap exposed and the entire job looking unfinished. For comparison purposes, here is a picture from yesterday along part of the frame showing the gap which should have been finished with caulking. Now, look at the difference once the caulking is applied. It is not  hard task or one which takes more than a few minutes. Just make sure you have … [Read more...]

Overlooked Caulking Tube Tip

Caulking Gun Tip

A while back I wrote about the removable tip on a new type of caulking tube, at least it was new to me. In that article I undersold the value of this innovation to one of the most common materials used in finishing painting around door frames and window frames. Over the recent holidays, I had some time to get to a few home maintenance tasks which I had been putting off. One of those was caulking the gap between a door frame and the wall of our public washroom (as opposed to an en suite … [Read more...]

Cheap Home Heating Bill Savings & 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 Un-Official Guide To Home Energy & Water Conservation, 2nd Edition Yesterday, in Part 2, we continued to review the many money saving tips on your home's heating bill this winter which will cost you just a little to do. Yes, these are both money savings and energy conservation tips all in one. Today we continue where we left off in our review of the money … [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...]

Cheap Home Cooling Tips – 1

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our Un-Official Guide To Home Energy & Water Conservation, 2nd Edition Yesterday we reviewed the last 12 of our 20+ home cooling energy conservation tips which will cost you absolutely nothing to do. Today we review the first 10 of 30 different ideas to keeping a home cooler in the summer which will cost you a little yet save you a lot. Number 185, Air Filter … [Read more...]

Painting Door Frame of Replacement Front Door

Unpainted Door Frame

During the spring and summer last year we wrote about our experiences with our replacement front door. Well, even though the replacement for the replacement front door was installed in late June, it was only until recently that we found the time to paint the door frame. Now, if you remember nothing else, remember this. When you order a new front door and frame, please make sure that the door frame comes at least primed. The first replacement door came with a pre-primed door frame. The … [Read more...]

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