How’s your laundry going?

And the topic for today is laundry.  No, we are not going to talk about soap, detergent, and softener for the clothes.

There are jokes about how some families can generate the same amount of laundry as a small country and that might be true.  Since Americans are so obsessed with cleanliness it is understandable that household laundry is the second largest consumer of Energy in your home.

Typically, laundry consumes a lot of energy in two ways:

Here are a couple more holes to close off.

We have been down in the basement so let’s stay there.

Remember, we are chasing holes in the building envelope where Cold Air can Penetrate and rob your home of precious heat.  Our goal is to:

  • stop Cold Air Penetration,
  • cut back on Heat Loss, and
  • be more Energy Efficient!

I can quickly think of three more possible culprits that need to be Foamed Shut:

There is a lot to do down there in the basement!

Let’s see if we can find another place in the basement where Cold Air Penetration goes on all the time.  Yesterday we talked about how dense cold air penetrates into the warmth of the house.

Don’t forget that in all of our conversations there is a major rule to understand; when it comes to movement of air – cold always moves towards warm!  Cold air is more dense and warm air is less dense!  The fact that cold air always moves towards warm air is exactly why we need to stop Cold Air Penetration.  Let’s go look ……………….

Let’s stay in the kitchen for today!

This week we have talked about our kitchen and we mentioned:

  • Induction Cooking – very energy efficient!
  • Convection ovens – also very energy efficient!
  • Microwave Ovens – fast and efficient
  • Impingement Ovens – mostly commercial

Let’s stay in the kitchen one more day and look at how much Hot Water is used.  Throughout your home the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry are probably the biggest users of Hot Water.

Combustion appliances, good idea?

Our very very distant cousin Zog who has been featured in many a cartoon lived in a Cartoon Cave as a Cave man.  Remember him?

Well, Zog would cook his food in the cave over an open fire, that might have been considered clever back in the day but now that we have modern kitchens and modern appliances why are we still cooking our food over an open fire?  Seriously, think about this!

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