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 #199 – Duct Tape Forced Air Duct Gaps

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 199, Duct Tape Forced Air Duct Gaps. When was the last time you actually checked to see of all of your heating (and therefore cooling) ducts had all of their gaps sufficiently sealed with duct tape? Gaps in your home’s duct work is simply causing the cooled air from the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #317 – Heating – Install Plastic Window Covering

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 317, Install Plastic Wrap Window Kit Inside Windows . These are pretty easy to install, do not cost too much and can help keep it feeling warmer inside the house. We use them on many of our very large windows in the basement of our home. Heck, we even use one over the … [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 #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...]

Baseboard Almost In Place

Underpadding On Top Of Concrete Floor

In this continuing series on the repair of our foundation wall crack, which caused a water leak in our finished basement within the recent past,  last time we wrote about the replacement of the carpet grabber strips using construction adhesive. After waiting 24 hours we are now ready to return the pulled back under-padding and carpet into its place on the poured concrete floor and reinstall the baseboard molding. The first step was easy enough, simply lay the pulled back under-padding … [Read more...]

Bathrom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation Completed

Bathroom Floor Meets Adjoining Bedroom Floor

Last time, in our continuing bathroom floor tiling home renovation project, Bennett had completed screwing down the many loose areas of the particle board sub-floor to eliminate the significant squeaks. As well, he had used his level to ensure that the floor was sufficiently, well, level for the SnapStone porcelain floor tile. He then proceeded to install plywood board on top of the existing sub-floor. There were several reasons he took this approach. We already told you last time that we … [Read more...]

Sealing Drywall Ceiling Vent Air Leaks Alternatives

DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday, I described the situation with the large air leaks around an air vent in our basement within a room where the ceiling was finished with drywall. So, what was the best solution, other than ripping out the drywall around the ceiling vent, installing a new vent duct boot, etc. which I was not prepared to do. However, since this room was used very rarely ... in fact we affectionately called it the boyfriend room :) ... we used a vent blocker on the register to prevent heated air in 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...]

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