Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #187 – Cover Basement Vents In Summer

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 187, Cover Basement Vents In Summer. Using the damper inside the duct further ensures that none of the A/C air is wasted going to the basement. Keep the conditioned air above ground where it can be useful. There are also magnetic vent covers which cost about $6 for a … [Read more...]

Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #171 – Close Vents To Unused Rooms

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 171 , Close Vents in Unused Rooms. This will stop the cooled air from the central air conditioner from cooling a room you don’t use and push it to cool only those rooms that you are currently using. This will help cause the A/C to run less and thus save you money on … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #352 – Heating – Vent Electric Dryer Inside

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 352,  Vent Electric Dryer Inside. Some households have adjusted the vent from their electric dryers such that the air vents inside the home rather than outside. You have to be careful with this. At least in theory, the heated air from the dryer is used to help heat the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #325 – Heating – Vent Reflectors

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 325,  Use Heat-Resistant Vent Reflectors. Heating vent reflectors have been around for years and years. Their function, in case you don’t remember, is to direct the hot air from the heating vents away from walls, furniture, window coverings and out into the living area of … [Read more...]

How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #302 – Heating – Vent Block Cover

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 302, Vent Block Cover. Air leaks can occur inside the house itself. You can pick up a pair of these magnetic energy conservation products at your local hardware or building supplies retailer. Closing the vent in an unused room or in the basement will help reduce heated … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #281 – Heating – Cover Basement Heating Vents

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 281, Clover Basement Heating Vents. Why have your furnace push out heated air into your basement if you are not using your basement?Sure, if your basement is finished and is used a lot, then this suggestion is not for you. However, if you are like many people who use the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #280 – Heating – Basement Heating Vents

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 280, Close Basement Heating Vents. Why have your furnace push out heated air into your basement if you are not using your basement? Doing this wastes money spent on heating you do not use. Sure, if your basement is finished and is used a lot, then this suggestion is not … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #267 – Heating – Heat First Floor Only

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 267, During the Day Heat Only 1st Floor. If you live in a two or multiple story home, then this money saving heating tip is for you. One of our visitors gave us this suggestion. Now, while we currently live in a bungalow, I can see this making sense in two story homes, … [Read more...]

Remember to Seal Ceiling Vent Registers

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent Installed

Here is a money saving heating tip for the winter which doubles as a money saving cooling tip in the summer and triples and a money saving home maintenance idea. Yesterday I showed how I installed a register into a ceiling vent in our basement using nothing more than Christmas decoration hooks. Check it out for yourself. :) However, the job is not done. There are major gaps between the air register and the vent boot. This is a concern because most of the time the register will be … [Read more...]

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

In an effort to achieve maximum energy savings, one must look for opportunities; by opportunities, I am referring to air leaks which can be sealed. Our basement is around 90% finished thanks to the prior owners. However, as we have written about numerous times, when it comes to energy savings and energy conservation, they left us with a lot of opportunities. I just need to look to find them. Here is one. The above picture is of the ceiling two piece bathroom in our basement. It is … [Read more...]

Color Coordination – Color Coordinating Floor Vent Register With Floor Tiles

Black Floor Vent Register on Charcoal Tile

In the previously article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we wrote about the technique used to secure the grout between the tile and the wood of the adjacent stairs wood hand railing. Today, we wanted to cover coordinating the color of the floor vent register with the new dark charcoal over-sized floor tiles. Here is the a picture where we used the original vent cover in the newly tiled laundry room: Typically, floor vent registers are not meant to be … [Read more...]

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