Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #185 – Check Window Frames For Air Leaks

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 185, Check Window Frames for Air Leaks.,Window frames is just one of the areas of a home which can have cracks and spaces to leak in hot air during the summer. Simply run your fingers along each window frame every so often when it is hot outside. If you feel hot air … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #318 – Heating – Install Plastic Insulating Wrap Over Window Frames

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 318, Install Wrap Plastic on Window Over Frame. These are pretty easy to install, do not cost too much and can help keep it feeling warmer inside the house. Some people like to install these inside the window frames while others prefer to install on the outside of the … [Read more...]

Completing Repair to Wooden Window Frame

Repainted Window Frame - Upper Left

Two days ago I showed you how I went about using Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler product to fill the holes in one of our bedroom's window frames. These holes were caused by removing the screws from a pair of anchor or mounting brackets for  window coverings as I installed new window coverings with the brackets installed in a different position. The picture below shows the condition for one area of the upper vertical portion of the window frame for one of the bedroom windows after I had … [Read more...]

How To Repair Holes in Window Frames

Holes and Paint Overlap on Window Frame

A little more than a week ago I wrote a few articles about the new Kenney Truly Cordless Roman Shades which I installed on the window frames in one of our bedrooms. As you will have seen if you read that short series of product review articles, I decided to use the hybrid mounting options which saw me: remove the anchor or mounting brackets of the existing window coverings from the outside of the top vertical portion of window frame, and install the anchor or mounting brackets for the … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #279 – Heating – Check for Window Frame Air Leaks

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 279, Check Along Window Frames For Air Leaks. The idea here is simple, just like the prior money savings heating tips which have come before. On a cold day, simply run your bare hand along any and every window frame in your home. If you feel cool air entering your home … [Read more...]

Product Review – Kenney Truly CordFree Window Shades Review

Pilot Holes Drilled for Window Shade Anchoring Hardware

In the prior article in this product review series, we began our review of the new Truly CordFree window shades product line from Kenney focusing on its product features and benefits. Today, I wanted to focus on the installation and appearance. For me, the first step of course was to remove the existing window shades and associated hardware. Notice that the old window shade anchors are on the top of the window frame. As you will see this will leave a pair of oles each as I will be … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip – Self Energy Audit

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 10, Home Energy Audit - Self. You can, and should, take a few minutes every so often to look for air leaks in different areas of your home, for devices which are plugged in but not running or needed to cost you money. On a cold day, simply go around to all the … [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...]

Overlooked Caulking Tube Tip

Caulking Gun Tip

A while back I wrote about the removable tip on a new type of caulking tube, at least it was new to me. In that article I undersold the value of this innovation to one of the most common materials used in finishing painting around door frames and window frames. Over the recent holidays, I had some time to get to a few home maintenance tasks which I had been putting off. One of those was caulking the gap between a door frame and the wall of our public washroom (as opposed to an en suite … [Read more...]

ENERGY STAR Rated Replacement Windows – Air Leaks – 5

Applying Sealant to Window Insert

Yesterday we wrote about the initial attempt to install the replacement ENERGY STAR replacement windows in our home (due to a broken seal resulting in an air leak within two of the windows). The attempt failed because the window inserts were not the correct size within the frame. A few weeks later Yarmer and his assistant returned with the correctly sized window inserts, for both the window in our bedroom as well as the large window in our family room. After about 20 minutes or so, they … [Read more...]

No Cost Home Cooling Tips – 2

Editor's Note: To view the 500+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home we have collected, simply access our Un-Official Guide To Home Energy & Water Conservation, 2nd Edition Yesterday we reviewed the first 12 of our 20+ home cooling energy conservation tips which will cost you absolutely nothing to do. Today we review the remaining 12 of the 20+ no cost ideas to keeping a home cooler in the summer. Number 173, Raise Temperature in Summer While at Work, is … [Read more...]

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