If you are like me, you enjoy sitting in front of an open fireplace, it's a link to countless generations that have come before. But there's a BIG problem with using a fireplace... ...improperly sealed dampers. You wouldn't have a door without weatherstripping -- so why have a damper with a metal to metal seal? We had one of those dampers in our fireplace. Sitting and watching TV there was … [Read more...]
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The easiest way to save heating dollars is to lower the temperature setting on your house thermostat, when possible. As a general rule, you will save 2 percent on your heating bill for every 2°F you turn down the thermostat overnight. Programmable thermostats have electronic timers that allow you to preset household temperatures for specific periods of the day and night. In a typical … [Read more...]
Power Factor is a measure of how efficiently electrical power is consumed. The ideal Power Factor is unity or one. Resistive loads such as a toaster or baseboard electric heaters convert the electric power to heat. Here voltage and current are in phase. These loads do not affect Power Factor. Most electrical equipment such as motors, compressors, transformers and even switch start fluorescent … [Read more...]
To take advantage of the energy grants available, I decided to replace all the windows and doors on the upper level of my home... all the really leaky ones. They were so inefficient and drafty, that the upper level of the house was usually 5 - 8 degrees and more colder in winter than the lower level, where most of the windows are completely sealed units. The opposite was true in summer. Although … [Read more...]
Did you know that monitors, printers, scanners, DVD players, televisions, cable/satellite boxes, PVRs, stereo amplifiers and other electronic devices draw as much as 70% of their total power even when they are in stand-by mode or switched off? Phantom loads are created by devices that continue to draw small amounts of power, even when they are off or in sleep/standby mode. Smart Power … [Read more...]