A long time ago, 1992 to be exact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, created the Energy Star program. Today appliances that are Energy Star Rated use upwards of 30% less energy. This EPA program has been so successful that Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, and the entire EU have all adopted the Energy Star program.
Here we are in the kitchen the room that many consider to be The Heart of a Home. Lots of families all but live in the kitchen, it is where people gather, dinners are made, families congregate around the dinner table, and many a cup of coffee is had along with an occasional Adult Traveling Beverage. The Kitchen Island is something that never happened in Grandma’s house, it is an idea born of the 21st Century where the kitchen is an integral part of The Great Room rather than a separate room.
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:
Today we continue our quest to significantly cut down on Heat Loss and one of the easiest ways is to stop Cold Air Penetration. That’s why we are still down here in the basement.
Yesterday we fixed our basement windows and I mentioned that there are probably huge holes for cold air to penetrate into the house. I am talking about a genuinely huge hole; not quite big enough to drive a truck through but a big hole for a ton of cold air.
We are continuing our task of stopping Heat Loss, or more realistically reducing Heat Loss to a minimum.
Last week we started a series about Winterizing our homes with the goal being to reduce Heat Loss to a minimum. One of the single most important things we can do is to cut down on Cold Air Penetration. As Cold Air enters the house, almost always down in the basement, it is cold and dense.
And another month has gone by, today is the first of September and this coming Monday is Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. Have you noticed the chill in the air? And yes, if you look there are some leaves already starting to show fall colors.
As we head into fall this is the perfect time to seriously start the process of Winterizing your home. Are you ready? Let’s get started……………..,
Couple major thoughts that will guide us throughout our Winterizing Process:
For the next several weeks we will be talking about a lot of things that impact the energy efficiency of your home. Yesterday we talked about you installing Insulation in your unfinished garage.
Don’t forget that every suggestion we offer must have two major parts.
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.