Take a long and thorough look at today’s energy!

For the past several days we have attended the 2017 Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington.  This is “…..the region’s premier design and construction conference, which features interactive learning about building durability, efficiency,….” sponsored by Efficiency Vermont.

For the next couple days I’ll highlight particular portions of what I took away from this conference to provide you with an insight as to what is going on in Vermont as far as Energy Conservation and Efficiency.

Let’s poke a hole in the ceiling and see what happens.

For a week or so we have been wandering around down in the basement closing up and sealing off spots where there’s Cold Air Penetration.  We’ve looked at the tub, basement drain, crevice along the top of the foundation, hole where the water line enters, and so on.  So today let’s go upstairs to the first floor and see what is going on there.

Down in the basement we are fighting Cold Air Penetration.  Up in the house we are fighting The Path that warm air takes as it tries to escape from your house.

Advice for this week.

If you check the weather report for the upcoming week you will see that we are in for a cold snap!

Let’s face it, so far this winter seems fairly mild; there hasn’t been much snow and it hasn’t been that cold.  The upcoming week is predicted to have single digit temperatures at night and never getting above freezing during the day.

Aren’t you thrilled that you’ve done so much to help with the Heat Loss in your home!  Of course there is still time to quickly help the battle against the cold.

The Chimney Effect in your home.

The whole idea behind winterizing your home is to save on energy costs, doing the right thing for the environment, and improving your own personal comfort – all of it centers around the simple fact that houses do have a Chimney Effect. 

Our recent weather can tell us a lot.

The past couple days have given us some strange winter weather.  In the very recent days it has snowed, rained, wintry mix, back to snow, freezing rain, and then a last gasp of snow.

It seems as though one of winter’s picturesque images is that of icicles dangling from roofs.  They twinkle in the sunlight and are an iconic image of winter.  Many of us as kids vividly remember breaking off an icicle and licking on it as though it were a Popsicle. 

OK, one more hole in the floor, a BIG hole!

Every day we suggest you go look for this or go look for that; look here or look there.  It seems as though we are always using our eyes to find problems.  On Friday we talked about a hole in the basement floor, the useless basement cellar drain.

Today we suggest another approach.  We are going to suggest that you walk around the house on a particularly cold day.  For those of you that missed it, this morning it was a miserable 4 degrees outside.  Isn’t that awful!

Another hole in the floor, don’t forget this one.

A long time ago when your basement was built it was common practice to install a floor drain.  This drain was installed in case something awful happened in the basement, the drain would allow water in the basement to leave.  Things like a broken pipe or a washing machine leak would cause a minor flood in the basement and the floor drain would solve any problem.

Santa will arrive “down the chimney.” Is it clean?

Earlier today Vermont Modular posted a beautiful picture showing the nostalgia associated with sitting by the fireplace.  The picture’s caption said, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

There is another part of the fireplace that is often neglected.  Ask yourself this, “…when was the last time you had the chimney cleaned?”

Is Santa bringing you new appliances?

In yesterday’s blog post we talked about Energy Star appliances and how they can save a lot.  Not only are Energy Star appliances goof for your pocketbook but they are far better for our environment because they consume LESS ENERGY.

Are you curious how today’s photograph shows you new appliances?  Perhaps we are going to talk about appliances that are in the bathroom.  Huge amounts of energy and environmental impact come from your bathroom by: