Hostas: Excellent Plant for the Garden

Multi-Colored Hostas

Looking for some ideas on what to plant in your garden? Have you considered a Hostas? Do you want a garden plant that requires little maintenance? Have you considered a Hostas? Are you partial to different shades of green in your garden? Again, I will ask, have you considered multiple Hostas plants? Do you want a perennial plant which will come back year after year, a touch larger every year? How about a Hostas? Are you looking for a garden plant that will thrive in both full sun and … [Read more...]

Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #167 – Seasonally Adjust Light / Heavy Drapes

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 167, Seasonally Adjust Light / Heavy Drapes, is similar but different to tip #166. In this tip, if you have them, replace your heavy drapes or curtains used during the winter with ones that are not as thick or heavy. By doing this, you will allow more air to circulate … [Read more...]

Lowering Electricity Use Tip #50 – Turn Off Lights When Not Needed

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 50, Turn Off Lights When Not Needed . So it is very early in the morning and you turn on the light to read the morning newspaper. In a short while you notice that the sun is up providing you with a lot of light to read yet you still have your table lamp or the ceiling lights … [Read more...]

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 #346 – Heating – Outside House Color

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 346,   Paint House Light / Dark Colour re Climate. This suggestion we received relates to the colour of the outside of the house impacting the amount of heat retained from the sun. The theory is that dark colours attract more heat than light colours. This is one reason … [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 #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...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #321 – Heating – Keep Windows Clean In Winter

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 321, Wash Windows to Maximize Sun in Winter. Sure, keep your interior window coverings (drapes, blinds, etc.) open during the day in the winter to let the sun enter the home and help heat the inside. However, more of the sun’s UV rays which will heat the inside air when … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #292 – Heating – Use Sun Room

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 292, Use Sun Room To Heat House. For those with sun rooms, this money saving heating tip is for you. Consider placing a small portable fan on its floor and leave the door open to the rest of the house during sunny days. This will help push the air in the sun room … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #289 – Heating – Trim Plants and Trees By South Windows

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 289, Keep Plants/Trees Trimmed By South Facing Windows. If you have shrubs, bushes, climbing vines and trees near your windows then this money saving heating tip is for you. What is the point of keeping inside drapes and window coverings open during the day to capture the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #274 – Heating – Close Curtains At Night

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 274, Close Curtains At Night To Retain Indoor Heat. Remember, windows are nothing more than these giant holes in your wall containing nothing more than one or two or possibly even three panes of glass. When the sun is no longer out, closing the curtains inside your home … [Read more...]

Foundation Wall Crack Project Repair Completed

Finishing Nails and Spike

Yesterday I placed the carpet back into position and almost had the baseboard trim in place. I say 'almost' as there were some gaps which I wanted to see if I could reduce. So, I found some finishing nails from a prior project and proceeded to hammer a few of them into areas with what I thought was excessive gaps between the baseboard trim and the base of the wall. My goal was to reduce as much of this gap as practical to both have a uniform finished appearance and reduce the amount of … [Read more...]

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