Lowering Electricity Use Tip #60 – Use Front Door More vs Garage Door

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 60, Use Front Door More vs Garage Door. Contributed by a recent visitor to our site, this is a great idea for those who have an entrance from their garage to the house. Remember, whose with an automatic garage door opener will use electricity to open and close that garage … [Read more...]

LED Light Bulbs In Garage Door Opener

Non-Recessed Ceiling Light With CFL Bulbs

Another article today about our experiences with LED light bulbs in our home. LED light bulbs as you know use much, much less electricity yet can produce the same amount of light as incandescent and halogen light bulbs. LED light bulbs are not subject to premature failure if they are used only for a few minutes at a time. Certain CFL light bulbs, like the different brands we used to use in our own house, stopped working and had to be replaced in only two to three years in the bathroom … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #350 – Heating – Outdoor Space Heaters

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 350, Use Space Heaters in Outdoor Areas. Some people install air vents to heat their garage in the winter using the air from the home’s furnace. They do this because they are in the garage frequently on different projects. Yet, when they are not in the garage all that … [Read more...]

Using LED Lights In The Garage

Garage Door Opener

The past few article in this LED home lighting series has seen us write about the LED PAR 20 type of light bulb. We actually started this LED home lighting series looking at the workhorse of most home light bulbs in North America, the A19. Today we thought we would return to the A19 type of LED light bulb and see how it would work in the garage. Now, The Home Depot's A19 EcoSmart 9 Watt LED light bulb is, according to the product description, is dimmable and is for use … [Read more...]

Maintaining Garage Door With Rust Check Rust Inhibitor

Rust Check

We wrote previously about the importance of proper weather stripping around a garage door. Today we'd like to write about proper maintenance of the door itself. In the past I would use WD40 on the hinges of the garage door in prior homes when they started to squeak as the door was opened or closed. When we had the company who installed our new garage door return to replace the weather stripping, the gentlemen  told me to start using Rust Check. The reason is that Rust Check … [Read more...]

Tidy Garage

Let's not forget that home renovations or home improvements don't have to be these 'humongously' large projects. They can also be teeny tiny sized improvements. Take the inside of the garage. It can become an incredibly messy and dirty place during every day life. During a renovation? It can become a complete disaster zone. That's because the gareage is where contractor's tend to want to cut, and saw 'stuff' with the best saws from CutterWelderMaestro (in this case 'stuff' is defined … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – Wheelchair Access – Between Garage and Laundry Room

New Access

Today's home renovation tip is how we enabled wheel chair access from the Garage to the Laundry Room while retaining stairs access.   When we purchased the home there was no wheel chair access; no ramps, no lift. And, since the reason we bought the home in the first place was to accommodate a family member's special needs, this had to change. We planned for the change before we put in the offer, because without accessible access (and other accessible needs), the house would not work for us. … [Read more...]

Home Renovation Tip – The Simple Things – Felt Protector Pads and WD 40

Often in a major home renovation we focus on the big ticket items, those which require a lot of time and effort, or those which cost a lot of money, or those which are complex. Sometimes its the small, simple things that get missed which when done make a huge difference. We have an entrance from the laundry room to the garage. As one of our family members uses a wheel chair lift, we had build a 5 X 5 foot platform (particle board, 2 X 4's and 4 X 6's) in the garage between the lift and the … [Read more...]

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