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...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #308 – Heating – Electric Outlet Insulating Seals

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 308, Install Electric Outlet Insulating Seals. Both light switches and electrical outlets against exterior walls are full of air leaks, allowing heated air in the winter to escape. Seal them with cheap CSA approved insulation. It take just a minute or two to help … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #307 – Heating – Child Proof Electrical Outlets

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 307, Install Electric Outlet Child Proof Covers. On a cold day run your fingers over the electric outlets on your exterior walls. Do you feel any cool or cold air entering your home? Placing these cheap items in the electrical outlets on exterior walls not being used … [Read more...]

Warmly Yours Infinity Towel Warmer Product Review

Bathrom Wall

We were recently offered an opportunity to receive the plug-in model of the Infinity Towel Warmer from Warmly Yours at no cost to install, use and write a review. We frequently receive such offers, accepting some and declining others. If you want a brief & light review of this product which retails for around $349 before tax (for the plug-in model) simply Google "warmly yours infinity towel warmer review" and you will find them on the 1st results page after the listing for the … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heater Air Filter

Solar Air Heater Intake Unit

Does your solar air heater have an air filter? Oh, wait. Do you even have a  solar air heater? No? Don't worry. If you are not too sure what a solar air heater is,  you can read about here about our solar air heater. Perhaps this will help remind you to check the air filters you do have in your home, like in your furnace or dehumidifier. :) Keeping your air filters clean allows your furnace fan or solar air heater fan to work less hard and thus consume less energy. This allows you … [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...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 10

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. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ More than a year went by between the first and second, or … [Read more...]

Using BlueLine Innovations’ PowerCost Monitor To Measure Our Home’s Electricity Consumption – 2

Electromechanical Electric Meter

Yesterday we introduced you to the PowerCost Monitor™, a device which provides a homeowner with real time data, in both Kilowatts and in dollars & cents, on the electricity being consumed in their home. With this information, a homeowner can monitor action taken to reduce the amount of electricity consumed in the home and same them money. Today, we look at the installation. Here is the type of electric meter we have on the outside of our home. This energy conservation … [Read more...]

Sealing Home Air Leaks To Reduce Home Heating Bills

Cansolair Solar Max 240 Installed

There are many energy saving ways to reduce home heating bills in the winter. Activities such as increasing attic insulation, sufficient wall insulation, basement wall insulation, high efficiency furnace, conversion to natural gas furnace (from, for example, home heating oil), solar air collectors, ENERGY STAR windows, and so on. The challenge is that each of these above tactics cost a lot of money. We are talking $1,000 and up ... even after most available government grants. And, … [Read more...]

2009 Solaris Self-Propelled Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review – 3A

Editor's Note: I had a technology issue arise with the original Part 3 posting in this series. Therefore I have had to republish the article again. As for the comments to the original part 3 article I have added them to this republished article. Apologies for any inconvenience. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In Part 2 yesterday we reviewed many of the features of the 2009 Solaris lawn mower with the Terra Phase brushless motor. Today we look at the batteries. As mentioned … [Read more...]

SaniDry Dehumidifier – Part 2 – The Product

SaniDry Installed

In Part 1 we described how our two current portable dehumidifiers ran almost all the time in our basement and how we acquired for this year and beyond the ENERGY STAR rated SaniDry Dehumidifier from Basement Systems. Today, we take a look at the unit itself. Here it is installed in our basement with the optional upper and lower duct kits:  As you know, I like simple. This large unit simply plugs into any electrical outlet. According to the manual, the unit weighs 110 pounds with the … [Read more...]

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