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!
We are wandering around The Vermont Energy Code and sharing with you some of the salient points but strongly suggest that you make yourself aware of what exactly is in our state’s Energy Code so that you will be an educated home owner, or home buyer, or home builder. The Energy Code is a good tool for you to use.
Here are a few random highlights:
The Vermont Residential Energy Code of 2015 has quite a bit to say about windows and the glass in the windows. Since this is our State’s official stance/law we thought it might be interesting to let you in on what our state is doing:
Last week we talked about the finances surrounding the purchase/building of a new home. This week we will focus on various energy saving components that in residential construction are rapidly becoming main stream.
The United States is the world leader in developing Solid State Lighting (SSL). Most of us know Solid State Lighting as LED’s.
Yesterday we talked about whether your home breathes or not. Don’t forget – houses do not breathe, only you and every other animal breathe.
But, your home is super insulated and is built very tight so it needs fresh air so that other nasty things don’t live in your home; your home needs to be healthy -
A dark and damp place is the perfect breeding ground for the growth of Mold and Mildew; both of which are living organisms that you do not want in your home!