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...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #342 – Heating – Insulate Basement Walls

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 342, Basement Walls' Insulation. If you do not have a finished basement, you should consider investing in a partial basement renovation project to at least place insulation on the full height of all your exterior basement walls. This will help keep the coolness of the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #340 – Heating – Solar Air Heating

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 340, Solar Air Heating. These devices are installed on the outside of homes, typically the south wall or roof. They have two access points into the home; one to receive the home’s cooled air and the second to send back into the home the air heated by the sun. We … [Read more...]

How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #298 – Heating – Cold Cellar Weather Stripping

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 298, Weather Stripping On Cold Cellar Doors. If your home has a cold cellar, this money saving heating tip is certainly for you. Make sure that the weather stripping on the left side, the right side and the top of the door frame for your cold cellar door is actually … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #296 – Heating – Programmable Thermostat

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 296, Install A Programmable Thermostat. If you have a manual thermostat in your home then this money saving heating tip, which is also a money saving cooling tip for the summer, is for you. Don’t leave it up to chance, or your memory, or the memory of  others in your … [Read more...]

MicroFIT Solar Panel Home Installation

Euro and dollar symbol

Over the summer and early fall we wrote about our own experiences with the Ontario MicroFIT program which provides a 20 year contract at a fixed price rate to purchase all of the electricity a household or farm can produce. In our case we were considering installing solar panels on the south-ish facing and the west-south facing roof of our home. We haven't yet proceeded. As of the time this article was written, we had not yet received our conditional contract from the Ontario Power … [Read more...]

Home Smoke & CO Detectors

First Alert Smoke and CO Detector

This weekend we turn our clocks back 1 hour in most of North America as we switch from Daylight Savings to Standard Time. As part of this semi-annual routine we are reminded ever where that this is when we should check the air filters in our furnaces and we should especially check the batteries in our battery operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, check your fire extinguisher, and so on. If our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are hard wired, we should test them using … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Short Showers Instead of Baths

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 365, Showers Instead of Baths. We’ve known this for a while, haven’t we? Showers use less water, including less hot water, than baths. Try it. INSTALL COST - Zero    INSTALL COMPLEXITY - Simple FREQUENCY - Habit    FINANCIAL PAYBACK - Some Select for Daily … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Downsize

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 14, Downsize to Lower Energy (and Water) Consumption. Which takes more water: a lawn of a property which is 100 feet by 200 feet or a lawn on a property which is 60 feet by 100 feet? Which size house takes more energy to heat in the winter, everything else being … [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...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Evening Height of Adjacent Room Floor

Bathroom Floor Tile Meets Carpet

Last time we wrote about the approach taken to cut the tile over the floor vent opening. Today's topic in our continuing series on our bathroom floor tiling project has nothing to do with the floor tile, except that the top of the bathroom floor tile was a good 1/4 inch+ higher than the top of the carpet in the adjacent bedroom. Now, some contractors would say that is good enough. The one who tiled the floor of another bathroom in our home certainly did. :( However, let me show you a … [Read more...]

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