Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #331 – Heating – Interior Solar Heating Screens

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 331, Interior Solar Blinds Collective Side Out. We have written a lot about the exterior solar blinds we use on the outside of our south facing windows. Well, there are products which one can use on the inside of the south facing windows which have two different types of … [Read more...]

Reducing Home Electricity Use Contest Results

Over the past 3 weeks or so we held our Reducing Home Electricity Use contest to help promote you to think about and share the many diferent ways in which you reduce the amount of electricity used in your household. We were fortunate to have our contest sponsored by EZ Snap Direct exterior window shades. We have used this energy conservation product on our own home for three years now to help keep most of the sun's UV rays from entering our large south facing windows. Thus the … [Read more...]

Reducing Home Electricity Use Contest Sponsored by EZ Snap Direct Exterior Window Shades

EZ Snap Solar Shades Installed

No sooner have we finished our spring home water conservation contest when it is time for another contest. With the high temperatures in the 80's and 90's starting early this year in many parts of North America, this contest is very timely to both increase awareness of the many different ways to reduce electric utility bills as well as offer a chance to win one of our favorite electricity reducing home products. If you have been a visitor to our site, DailyHomeRenoTips.com, with any type … [Read more...]

EZ Snap Exterior Window (Solar) Shades – White Anchors In Place

Black Male Hardware on White Anchor

Yesterday, I wrote and showed how I replaced the older black coloured anchors with the newer white anchors for our EZ Snap exterior window blinds. Why? Well, quite frankly I was curious how the white anchors would look behind the black coloured hardware used to secure our exterior window solar shades. After placing the white anchors on our white window frame, I waited until the next day before applying the male part of the hardware.  This is the recommended approach by the exterior … [Read more...]

EZ Snap Exterior Window (Solar) Shades – White Anchors Installed

EZ Snap Adhesive Anchors

Yesterday,  I removed the exterior window screens from EZ Snap Direct from one of our south facing windows. This was done because I wanted to see what the white adhesive anchors looked like on our white window frame, especially after the solar screen was placed back on the window frame. So, what do these white adhesive anchors look like? Well, as you can see from the above picture, they are the same shape and size as the black anchors available from EZ Snap. Also, in the top … [Read more...]

EZ Snap Exterior Window (Solar) Shades – White Anchors

EZ Snap Blank Anchors

OK, y'all likely remember how much I like the exterior window screens we use from EZ Snap Direct on our south facing windows to maximize our energy savings in the summer from reduced electricity bills from our air conditioner not running excessively. Remember, these are the ones which reduced the temperature reading on our digit gauge  by 15 degrees F. after we first installed them. And, since last summer was mostly rain and cool, I fully expect this summer to be lots of sun and lots of … [Read more...]

Home Energy Conservation Government Grants – ecoENERGY Revisited – 11

Air Leakage Blower Test Covered Blower Fan In Place

Editor's Note: Over the holidays we are re-publishing selected articles related to our ecoENERGY energy conservation experiences. Some of the grant amounts may have changed. To access the more than 20 articles we have written on our energy conservation experiences through the ecoENERGY Residential Retrofit program, simply use this link to access our ecoENERGY Energy Conservation page. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ So, right on time, Bruce from the accredited ecoENERGY … [Read more...]

Additional Home Heating Bill Savings & Conservation Tips – 1

window with internal solar blind at dusk

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. Today we begin our review of these suggestions … [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...]

SaniDry Dehumidifier – Part 1 – My New Energy Savings Toy

Portable Dehumidifiers

Last year, I acquired 4 new energy conservation toys which we wrote many articles on with of course pictures, specifically: Solar Charged Electric Lawn Mower Exterior Solar Shades Retractable Screens Solar Air Heater Each of them helped to reduce the direct and indirect consumption of non-renewable energy resources in our home, reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated in and around our home, and reduced to varying degrees our electric, home heating and home cooling … [Read more...]

Exterior Solar Blinds – Part 11 – EZ Snap And French Doors 1

French Doors Before EZ Snap

We last wrote about the Columbia Roofing EZ Snap that we really like in Part 10 about a month ago. This month we decided to try and see if we could apply the EZ Snap exterior window shades on the outside of the front doors leading from our kitchen eating area out to the deck on the south part of the house, which by the way is a recycled plastic decking. Last month we had all the windows replaced and added dual window glazing to all the windows. The picture above shows the … [Read more...]

Exterior Solar Blinds – Part 10 – Beware the Hammer

EZ Snap Hardware

In Part 8 we reviewed how easy it was to reposition the solar mesh in order to remove the waves which were caused by my initial sub-optimal installation of the EZ Snap solar blinds. In Part 6 is mentioned that I used a small hammer to secure the caps on top of the locking hardware but that this was not recommended. In this article I will tell you why. I used a small hammer on the anchoring hardware because I wanted to ensure that the solar blind would not be blown off by a strong wind. So … [Read more...]

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