Winterizing your home.

For those of us that love summer the official start of autumn is a date with mixed feelings.  However, we all know that fall can be one of Vermont’s most beautiful times of the year.  The huge disadvantage to autumn is that The Foliage Season has such a short life.

In addition to Foliage Season fall marks the beginning of winter and the need for everyone to make improvements to their home to reduce energy consumption.

The other day I was reading that out west where the population is growing rapidly their use of water has either remained steady or in some cases actually gone down and all that came about with water conservation.  The bottom line in water conversation has been the dramatic redesign of The Toilet.  Yup, that one fixture uses more water in a modern American home today than any other.  So, the change in one appliance has shown a huge conservation of water nation-wide.  But, out west water is a scarce commodity.  The important point is that small seemingly insignificant upgrades can and do make a huge difference.

We are going to try to show you how your seemingly small upgrade can make a difference when multiplied my hundreds of thousands of Vermonters.  We must make a difference and improve!

Heat is lost in a home and that is always referred to as Heat Loss which is what we are trying to stop.  Did you know there are three types of Heat Loss?

  1. Conduction – this is where two things are  in contact with each other and the heat moves from one to the other.  In the winter the cold air and the warm building are in contact with each other and heat moves from warm to cold.
  2. Convection – this is where heat is lost by the movement of liquids.  When a fossil fuel boiler makes hot water, it is pumped throughout the house and it loses its heat, hot water pipes will quickly loose heat if not properly protected.
  3. Radiation – this is how the sun’s heat gets all the way through space to earth, it is how all hot things radiate heat to cool things.  When you sit next to a fire the heat radiates toward you and warms you but, only the side exposed to the fire.

Over the next couple weeks, we will examine all sorts of ways your home loses heat and how you can make a significant impact on reducing that heat loss.

Stay tuned, this is one of our most popular series of blog posts as we will try to walk everyone through good and very practical steps to improve on your energy efficiency.

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