In our recent discussions about insulation we mentioned that in vertical applications (exterior walls) we prefer to use Roxul “rock wool” insulation and in horizontal applications (the attic) we prefer sprayed in Cellulose. And on several occasions, we have walked away from sprayed in Foam.
As you begin to design your new home and the new kitchen one of the big decisions centers around the kitchen range. Should it be gas? Or, should it be electric? The vast majority of kitchen ranges today are electric with gas continuing to be popular but not a majority.
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:
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:
This week we have been talking about Cold Air Penetration down in the basement. And there are several really important facts to always keep in mind as you work to make your home more Energy Efficient:
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 ……………….
This coming weekend is Labor Day which is the unofficial end of summer; kids in Vermont started school today, families settle back into a routine, and the amount of summer activities slows down.
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.
Yesterday we talked about distant cousin Zog and how he cooked over an open flame in the Cave but today that might not be such a good idea. Zog’s cave was smoke filled but with Induction Cooking things improved greatly.
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!