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...]

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...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #337 – Heating – Insulated Heating Ducts

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 337, Insulate Heating Ducts. There is a product which you can use to insulate the duct work in your home. It is simply an insulating blanket which wraps around your ducts. While pricey, its purpose is to keep the air heated by the furnace ( or solar air heater ) hot until … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation

Bathroom Floor With Carpet

In the second part of this multi-article series on replacing the current flooring in one of our bathrooms with SnapStone porcelain floor tile, we examined the current bathroom floor situation. Today, we begin to prepare the bathroom floor. I need to begin by telling you that life sometimes gets in the way of one's home renovation plans. I had fully planned to do this project myself, especially with the SnapStone floor tiles being easy to install even for the non-professional (yes, that is me … [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...]

Directional Air Vent Register

Opening to Basement Stairs

Last year we wrote a series of articles on the selection and installation of a solar air heater to help heat the basement of our home, as shown in the picture immediately below. When our daughter would be home from attending university, we would use the air heated by the sun to help heat her basement bedroom. On those occasions, which was most of the time, when she was away at college, we wanted the air to help heat the rest of the basement and possibly rise up to the main … [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...]

Reno Projects

DreamScreens Installed French Doors

We write about our many home renovation and energy conservation efforts as well as new products or services we try. In many cases our efforts results in five or more articles which constitute a project, with one article leading to the next. Find the project(s) of interest below and select the link to its first article. We continually add more projects as we work on them in our home. Energy Conservation: And, remember to amble over to SavingsGrid.com, with hundreds of money saving … [Read more...]

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