Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #204 – Weather Stripping For 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 204, Weather Stripping For Windows. This inexpensive material is of course useful to eliminate gaps through which hot air can enter from the outside and air cooled by your A/C unit can escape. INSTALL COST - Cheap INSTALL COMPLEXITY - Simple FREQUENCY - One Time FINANCIAL … [Read more...]

Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #202 – Inside Door Draft Stoppers

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 202 , Inside Door Draft Stoppers, are useful at the bottom of interior doors for rooms you do not use very much. Even with closing the door to rooms which are little used to stop cooled air from your air conditioner from entering, this cooled air can still go through the … [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...]

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...]

Caulking Bathroom Door Frame

Door Frame Without Caulking 1

When we purchased our current house more than 2 years ago, it underwent a massive renovation in every, yes every, room in the home ... and outside as well. Heck, that is what got us to start writing about home renovation tips, home maintenance tips and home energy conservation tips for more than two years now. As part of this major home renovation, we replaced all of the interior doors, including the one to the public or shared bathroom. However, the contractor did not complete the job, … [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...]

Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 3

Basement Fireplace Brass Plating

The past two days have seen us write about the air leaks around the right and left borders of our family room fireplace and how we sealed the air leaks to keep heated air inside this winter to reduce our heating bill and save us money. Hopefully they made sense to you and you added them to your own growing collection of home maintenance tips and money saving tips for the money you will save from lower heating bills this winter. Today, we take a quick look at a similar situation with the … [Read more...]

Energy Conservation, Home Heating and Fireplace Air Leaks – 2

Yesterday we wrote about and shows the major gaps along the outer edges of our family room fireplace which caused significant air to rush into our home during our second energy audit's blower test.Today, we show the solution. For comparative purposes, here is one picture showing the gaps between the wood trim and the brick of the fireplace. Now, our solution was to use DAP Seal N'Peel removable (or as I say in the video below, strippable) caulking. Why this product which, yes, … [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...]

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