Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Self Energy Audit

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 10, Home Energy Audit - Self. You can, and should, take a few minutes every so often to look for air leaks in different areas of your home, for devices which are plugged in but not running or needed to cost you money. On a cold day, simply go around to all the … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes – EnerGuide Ratings Achieved

EnerGuide Rating Chart

We continue our review of the results achieved by the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program upon the completion of its third year. This program, which provides financial grants to incent Canadian households to undertake certain prescribed energy conservation renovations, was discontinued on its third anniversary on March 31, 2010. No more new participants are being accepted. Existing participating households have until March 31, 2011 to have their follow-up or second energy audit which will … [Read more...]

ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Completion Rate

As you may recall, participation in the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program requires two energy efficiency assessments, more commonly known as energy audits. The first energy audit acts as a baseline to determine, among other things, the specific energy conservation investment related grants for which the household is eligible under the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program. The second energy audit confirms the energy conservation investments undertaken by the household since the first energy … [Read more...]

Real Estate Perspective: Selling Your Home and Home Energy Conservation

If you are thinking of selling your home soon, or any time in the future, remember that one of the aspects buyers will look to is how much it is costing you for your utilities; you know, how much is your electricity bill, your natural gas or home heating oil bill, and your water bill over the past one or two years. I keep reading more and more how energy efficiency is coming to play more often by home buyers. Some jurisdictions even require energy audits, different from home inspections, to … [Read more...]

Long Term Home Energy & Water Conservation Tips – 4

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Savings and Water Savings Guide, 2nd Edition. Today we complete our review of the home energy and water reduction ideas which are more strategic, more long term and which apply to all the different energy and water resources. We have grouped this collection of money saving tips for the home (and even for the office) in a category we call … [Read more...]

Long Term Home Energy & Water Conservation Tips – 3

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our free home Energy Savings and Water Savings Guide, 2nd Edition We have reviewed over the summer and fall all the different categories of home energy and water conservation tips from our Energy Savings Guide, except one. Today we start our review of the home energy and water reduction ideas which are more strategic, more long term and which apply to all the different … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 2

DAP Tex and DAP Kwik Foam

Yesterday I wrote about the air leaks we discovered around our cold cellar door during the blower test of our second home energy audit. Today I wanted to write about the solution I used. Now, as shown yesterday, we are not talking about a space that is 10 inches wide by 10 inches high. The amount of space around the door frame is around, by my calculations, about 15 square feet (36 inches wide at the top of the door + 72 inches high for one side of the door X 2 sides X 1 inch deep); … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 1

Cold Cellar Door

The past few weeks has seen us attempt to seal air leaks in our home which were uncovered during the recent home energy audit. This included: Sealing air leaks around the outside of the fireplace Sealing air leaks around the outside of the house Today we take a look at a very common place for air leaks in the basement of homes, specifically around the door between the cold cellar and the rest of the basement. In the past I had thought that having a door sweep at the bottom of the … [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 – 1

During our second home energy audit this past spring, the blower test proved to me that we had significant air leakage around the outside of our family room fireplace, as well as the one within the billiard room of our basement.Typically when one thinks of fireplaces and heat escape in the winter, one thinks about an unsealed damper within the fireplace itself. For both our fireplaces I could feel the air rushing into the house from around the edges of the fireplace border. Today we will … [Read more...]

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