Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Hot Water Tank ON / Off

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 Today we begin to look at those home energy savings ideas relating to water heating. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 364, Flip Hot Water Tank Switch Only When Needed. One of our spring energy conservation contest last year gave us this suggestion as one they use in their own home. Sure, it will … [Read more...]

microFIT vs RRSP – Is There Not One Definitive Answer?

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No. Well, you asked. :) The past few articles in this microFIT vs RRSP series compared the financial results of investing the cost of our microFIT quote in a microFIT roof mount solar PV installation vs simply investing that money in an RRSP. Andrew from Solsmart was very helpful in validating my earlier analysis and offering other perspectives. And no, we have not signed a contract with anyone. From the previous articles, here are the relevant summarized financial information at the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Energy Conservation Fairs

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 15, Energy Conservation Fairs. It was by attending a local energy conservation fair where we lived two years ago that we first learned about interior solar blinds. It is amazing all the new energy and water conservation products which constantly come on the market in … [Read more...]

More Electricity and Cooling Savings Tips

A few days ago we wrote about some of the additions to our Free Home Energy & Water Savings Guide. These additions came from the two contests we have held this year. In this case, we previously wrote about more home water savings ideas for inside the home. Today, we present the additions to our free Guide which relate to reducing the amount of electricity used in a home as well reducing the amount of use made of an air conditioner to keep that home cool in the long hot summer. As … [Read more...]

Electricity Rates Rising 16% – Electricity Savings Idea Needed

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Last night I heard on several news channels that electricity costs are jumping because electric rates charged by local utilities are going up a staggering 16 per cent in the next month or two. I read it again in this Toronto Star article. It must be real. So upon hearing this news I did two things. First, I submitted my microFIT solar roof top generation project application to the Ontario Power Authority. If you can't be 'em, join 'em. I have written a couple of articles so far (simply … [Read more...]

Solaris Electric Cordless Self-Propelled Lawn Mower – Year 2

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Editor's Note: Curious how this lawn mower is performing in its third year? You can! After reading the rest of this article simply select this link to read Solaris Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review Three Years Later. +++++++++++++++++++++++ A few weeks ago I wrote about the changes, or to be more accurate the lack thereof, with the Solaris, Epic and Utopia electric battery powered self propelled lawn mower, the one with the optional solar charging station. At the time, the snow had … [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...]

Solar Air Heater Air Filter

Solar Air Heater Intake Unit

Does your solar air heater have an air filter? Oh, wait. Do you even have a  solar air heater? No? Don't worry. If you are not too sure what a solar air heater is,  you can read about here about our solar air heater. Perhaps this will help remind you to check the air filters you do have in your home, like in your furnace or dehumidifier. :) Keeping your air filters clean allows your furnace fan or solar air heater fan to work less hard and thus consume less energy. This allows you … [Read more...]

Solar Powered Outdoor Christmas Lights – 1 Year Later

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Yesterday I wrote about non-energy conservation related tasks we did to prepare our home for the winter, including placing the stakes in the garden to hold our solar powered outdoor Christmas lights. Last year, the artice we wrote about the new solar outdoor lights we used outside our home received a lot of comments, both good and bad, about others' experiences with the same product. In fact, I had installed a pair of the clear mini-lights outdoor sets on the handrail of our backyard … [Read more...]

Additional Home Heating Bill Savings and Conservation Tips – 4

Family Room ENERGY STAR Windows

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 Today, we complete our review of the many energy savings 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. These suggestions are not cheap; in fact, they are the … [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...]

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