Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #354 – Heating – Solar Window Inserts

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 354,  Similar in concept to solar air collectors which  are placed on south facing walls and / or rooftops, these can be installed against an existing window to generate sun heated air for the room. As they are much smaller than typical solar air collectors, they cost … [Read more...]

Drop Ceiling Directional Air Register Installation

Removing Old Ceiling Air Register

Yesterday, we wrote about the need we had to deflect the air coming out of an air register within our basement drop ceiling. I had found a 2 in 1 plastic air vent register which contained a built in deflector that would seem to meet our need, containing a middle component which would allow the air to optionally be directed towards one side of the unit. The installation actually took less time than I had thought, about 10 minutes or so. It was one of those home maintenance tasks which was … [Read more...]

Additional Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 3

Flowthrough Humidifier

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 Saving and Water Saving Guide, 2nd Edition We continue with our review of the many energy conservation tips we have received for households to reduce the consumption of natural gas, home heating oil, electricity and other energy sources consumed in the generation of heat for homes in the winter. Yesterday, we continued our review of the money … [Read more...]

Sealing Home Air Leaks To Reduce Home Heating Bills

Cansolair Solar Max 240 Installed

There are many energy saving ways to reduce home heating bills in the winter. Activities such as increasing attic insulation, sufficient wall insulation, basement wall insulation, high efficiency furnace, conversion to natural gas furnace (from, for example, home heating oil), solar air collectors, ENERGY STAR windows, and so on. The challenge is that each of these above tactics cost a lot of money. We are talking $1,000 and up ... even after most available government grants. And, … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Summer Unit Coverage

Solar Max 240 Installed

Last fall we wrote about the purpose and the installation of our solar air collector / heater from Cansolair, the Solar Max 240. Here is the link to the first article in our solar air heating series. During our solar air, not water, heating articles last fall we were asked more than once what to do with the unit during the summer. Here you can see it installed on the right side of the south facing wall of our basement walkout. The question was regarding how one typically doesn't … [Read more...]

Garden Spring Clean-up Has Begun

South Wall Garden Before Spring Cleaning

The past two days has seen us write about, and show pictures of, the tulips of our front garden starting to peak out from underneath the soil for the first time. Our front garden faces north and is mostly in shade. Therefore, it was among the last part of the front of our home to see the winter's snow melt. Depending what part of North America you live (if you live in North America, that is ;)  ) you have either finished, started or are about to start your garden clean up. We started … [Read more...]

Solar Air Heating – Part 16 – Outside Installation Completed

Solar Max 240 Upper Brackets 1

In Part 15, we started to install the Solar Max 240 on the outside wall. Today, we complete that installation. As shown in our last article, we had all of brackets installed on the outside wall and were ready to prove the measurements. Notice the minuscule space between the top of the solar air heating unit and the upper brackets? Sweet. However, we are not nearly done yet. You can see the green tape on the right helping to still hold the plastic sheet covering the unit. So, … [Read more...]

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