Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #195 – 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 195, Weather Stripping (exterior doors).  Make sure your weather stripping on your front, side and rear home doors are functioning as they should, i.e. no cracks or leaks to allow hot air inside during the summer causing your a/c to work harder than it should have to … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #415 – Inside – Check Basement Water Lines For Leaks

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 415, Check Water Lines or Pipes In Basement For Leaks. Not all leaking faucets drip water into the sink or tub; some will see that leaking water sneak its way down along the water line. If you have (which is why I am a big fan of) a drop ceiling in the basement, a … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #414 – Inside – Check Faucets For Leaks, Especially Those Little Used

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 414, Check Water Faucets For Leaks, Especially Those Used Infrequently. Perhaps its just a new washer that is needed to stop the dripping. Or simpler still, perhaps it is just that the cold or hot water tap was not fully tightened by the last person to use it. However, … [Read more...]

Installing The CactusBoard

CactusBoard

Yesterday we saw the usage of the clean space water proof membrane against the FlexiSpan urethane sealant overlay to protect it from the insulating bat which would be placed between it and the drywall patch along the finished basement wall. Today we look at the use of another material component of this foundation wall crack to prevent further water seepage leaks from the outside. Specifically, this material is called a CactusBoard. The purpose of the CactusBoard is to keep air in … [Read more...]

More Home Water Saving Tips

So far this year we have held two giveaways, one asking you to submit home water saving tips while the other asking you to provide home electricity savings steps you use in your home. Why? Well, we are trying to increase the total number of energy and clean water savings ideas in our Free Energy and Water Saving Guide. Prior to the two contests we were up to 504 combined ideas from the past few years provided by visitor to DailyHomeRenoTips.com. Now, we are up to a total of 537 money … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heater Air Leak

Solar Air Heater Intake Unit

We have a solar air heater in our basement to help heat one of our basement bedrooms. When I was cleaning its air intake unit's air filter, I came across two areas where cold air from the outside was leaking into the room. This surprised me because I did not feel any air coming into the room. Yet, if I could feel an air leak with the air intake unit's cover removed it likely was entering the room. Like anyone I want to maximize my energy savings so I pay the least amount possible on my … [Read more...]

Basement Electrical Outlet Air Leak

Basement Electrical Outlet Air Leak

Last winter we installed a solar air heater on the south wall of our home. It was one way we were trying to do our part for the environment and have heat generated in our home without consuming any non-renewable resources like natural gas or home heating oil or electricity (generated from fossil fuels). And, it would reduce our heating bill to save us money ... albeit in the very long run. However that is not the only way to achieve energy savings. Not by a long shot. On weekend … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Air Leaks – 5

Applying Sealant to Window Insert

Yesterday we wrote about the initial attempt to install the replacement ENERGY STAR replacement windows in our home (due to a broken seal resulting in an air leak within two of the windows). The attempt failed because the window inserts were not the correct size within the frame. A few weeks later Yarmer and his assistant returned with the correctly sized window inserts, for both the window in our bedroom as well as the large window in our family room. After about 20 minutes or so, they … [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...]

Sealing Air Leaks Outside The House – 3

Satellite Cable Air Leak

Yesterday we found and repaired air leaks around both the plastic encasement for the electrical cabling entering our home as well as what we think was either telephone or TV cabling. Today, two more air leaks are discovered. First, when we moved into this house two years ago we had a satellite dish installed for our television. Well, look at this. Less than two years since that time and we can see the caulking used for the satellite dish is not properly sealing the cabling. It has … [Read more...]

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