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[16 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | 641 views]

I was a little surprised by this one, and you might be too.
Try this: Go to a light switch on a wall opposite the outdoors. A hallway would be a good example. Take your hand, and feel if there is cold air blowing through.
Feel anything?
Now try removing the faceplate.
I couldn’t believe the amount of cold air blowing through even on a calm (but cold) day! On a windy days its very noticeable.
Fortunately the fix is simple and relatively inexpensive. Once again, at your local …

Do It Yourself Projects, Heating »

[16 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,593 views]

Cost: $8 and up
Estimated Effort: 10 minutes
Approximate Savings: 10% or more
If your furnace is located in an unheated area like an unfinished basement, you might already have guessed that a lot of heat can potentially be lost in the ducts themselves. Between the furnace itself and the vents, even with no holes in the ducts, some estimate that as much as 15 – 30% of the heat from your furnace can be lost when it travels through an unheated area like a basement.
That’s a lot of heat loss!
If …

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[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 1,071 views]

The easy answer to a drafty or old window that no longer insulates well is to “cover it in plastic.” And that still is probably the best possible answer for most situations.
Most situations?
Yup. I said most situations for a reason. Here’s why. You need to know how the window is losing your home’s energy to effectively make the right repair choice.
For example, putting plastic over a window when its the outer frame that loses energy will do next to nothing except obscure your view of the outdoors.
Okay, so how can …

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[16 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | 12,008 views]

The most common complaint in the cold winter months about older doors is they are drafty, or don’t insulate well anymore.  In fact, a door is usually one of the first places you tend to notice energy issues. The reason is because it is opened and closed and used so often. Add to this the fact that they are heavy and held up by only a few screws and hinges around a frame, and the potential for problems increases with age.
What can go wrong?
Even newer doors can have energy gaffes. …

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[15 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 768 views]

One of the most challenging problems for homeowners is with the placement of a heat register, radiator or other heat source under or near a window. The problem is compounded with every degree the temperature plummets outside.
Understanding the problem
To figure out how to fix the problems, we have to understand what is going on. Warmed air always rises (and conversely cold air falls). Since warmed air will always rise from the heat source it will gravitate upwards. Under most circumstances, when a heat register is on a wall, the warmed …

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[14 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 218 views]

An energy audit is the single best way for you to realistically save money every month on all your energy bills. Energy efficiency experts and contractors and energy companies have known this for a long time. That is why they offer them, often at a premium price or bundled with another service or installation.
But the truth is an energy audit isn’t all that difficult. In fact, you can do a basic, rudimentary energy audit yourself right now. It only takes an hour or so, tops, to do a simple top …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 2,982 views]

Oh, what time savers these little guys are. The mailman delivers your mail through a slot in your door. No more walking out to the mailbox in the rain or snow or any other weather to get the mail.
There’s one problem.
Usually, these mail slots are very poorly insulated. Even if they are better insulated then most, there is a hole in your door where air can escape and cold air can be introduced.
And how can you ask to give up on one of the perks of being …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 4,755 views]

This one puzzles the heck out of me.
We’ve talked about how a lot of heat escapes through the windows. Heat vents blow heat into a room. Why then, would anyone place a heat vent directly under a window?
Argh!
A lot of heat will be wasted, and the room will always feel colder than it should.
Luckily, there is a very easy solution.
Go to your local home improvement store (like a Lowe’s or Home Depot) and get a clear heat deflector. They run $5 – $15. These have little magnets on …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 70 views]

What does locking your windows do?
First, when a window is locked it typically forms a tighter seal between the two individual windows, so air is less likely to be leaked in our out of the house. Think about it. There has to be some gap for the windows to slide next to each other. Locking them often times reduces this gap drastically, giving the air less chance to leak out.
Additionally, locking a window gives you added security. It is much harder to enter a house through a locked …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 466 views]

Insulated foam tape is a nice alternative if you have a gap at the top of bottom of a sliding window. If you have a side sliding window, then the left and right of the window are well suited for foam tape.
The foam provides insulation or a buffer so cold air can not enter the house, or warm air can not escape.
If you choose to go this way, make sure you test the tape first. Sometimes it may leave a nasty residue. Also, a lot of times the …