Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #358 – Heating – ENERGY STAR 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 358,  ENERGY STAR Doors. What is a door but simply a big hole in the wall? ENERGY STAR doors provide greater savings by keeping more heat inside in the winter. They are more costly than non-ENERGY STAR rated doors, but in the long term they will save you money and reduce … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #357 – Heating – ENERGY STAR Windows

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 357,  ENERGY STAR Windows. What is a window but simply a big hole in the wall? ENERGY STAR windows, like the replacement windows we had installed in our own home, provide greater savings by keeping more heat inside in the winter. They are more costly than non-ENERGY STAR … [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...]

ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit Ending

I hope this is not a bad April Fools joke.  I don't think it is. An announcement yesterday, dated March 31, 2010 indicated that the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program is ending. Specifically the announcement states "Effective today, the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program is no longer accepting bookings for pre-retrofit evaluations. The program will continue to be administered until March 31, 2011. If you have already booked an appointment for a pre-retrofit evaluation, have completed … [Read more...]

Cutting Energy Costs: Small Changes Do Matter, Part 2

During the first year of my personal campaign to cut energy costs in our 1,770 sq. foot town home in Fort Worth, Texas, I put up with a lot of teasing from our friends. One christened me the “Electricity Nazi” for obsessively turning off lights and unplugging gadgets. No one really believed that the little things I was doing would save enough money to be worth the trouble. They were wrong. When I started, we were using 23,113 kWh per year, better than twice the national average of 10,656 … [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...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 6

Energy Audit Report Page 1 Air Tightness

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. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The next recommendation in the Energy Efficiency Evaluation … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Air Leaks – 5

Applying Sealant to Window Insert

Yesterday we wrote about the initial attempt to install the replacement ENERGY STAR replacement windows in our home (due to a broken seal resulting in an air leak within two of the windows). The attempt failed because the window inserts were not the correct size within the frame. A few weeks later Yarmer and his assistant returned with the correctly sized window inserts, for both the window in our bedroom as well as the large window in our family room. After about 20 minutes or so, they … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Air Leaks 4

Several weeks ago we wrote three articles on the air leaks which had occurred in two of our ENERGY STAR rated replacement windows, even though they were merely one year old.Several weeks went by between the time we notified the sales representative of the company from whom we purchased the windows and when the installers arrived at our home. Why? The reason is simple. The manufacturer needed time to, well, manufacturer the replacement ENERGY STAR rated windows and we wanted to wait until … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Progress After 30 Months? – 1

As a home owner in Canada concerned about my own finances and about the environment, I became interested in the Canadian Federal Government's ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program. In case you are now aware, this program, provides monetary incentives to Canadian home owners to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through specific measures. It is further supported by Provincial governments with (generally) matching grants. We have participated ourselves, going through the initial … [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...]

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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