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Home Energy 101

 

Interested in making your home more energy efficient?

Here’s an informal course to guide you through the process for making your home more comfortable and stop wasting energy. Not only will you save money on your home’s energy costs, your home will be a part of the solution to slowing climate change.

All lessons by Philip Drader, Home Energy Coach

Lesson 1: Know your home

uninsulated atticLesson 2: Preparing your attic for insulation

In this lesson, we’re going to talk about preparing your attic for insulation. You’ll want to deal with moisture, draftproof all the penetrations into your attic and install moore vents.

Wet basementLesson 3: Deal with moisture in your basement before insulating

Before insulating, it’s important to double check your basement to make sure that you aren’t going to be covering over a potential water problem that could come back to haunt you. If any room or area smells musty or wet, you’ll need to investigate and deal with it before cover it up with insulation.

Lesson 4: How to insulate your basement

Before insulating, it’s important to double check your basement to make sure that you aren’t going to be covering over a potential water problem that could come back to haunt you. If any room or area smells musty or wet, you’ll need to investigate and deal with it before cover it up with insulation.

Lesson 5: Insulating the walls of your home

Your walls cover the most area between where you live and the heat or cold outside. They can have a noticeable impact on how high your energy bills are and how comfortable rooms in your home feel. Insulating your walls is a good way to cut down on drafts as well.

window being deliveredLesson 6: How to make good window choices

If you have single pane windows, then yes, replace them! The energy savings will pay for those windows within their lifespan. If your windows are not single pane, replacing them will not help you save much energy.

Here’s a primer on making good window choices.

checking furnace in home energy evaluation

Lesson 7: Do you need a new furnace?

Replacing a furnace is an easy decision if you know you need a new furnace because your current one has reached the end of its life. But what if your current furnace is still working fine. Will a new furnace help make your home more energy efficient or improve uncomfortable rooms?

Here’s advice to help you decide.

water heater and washing machineLesson 8:  Heating and using hot water more efficiently

Learn how to reduce your use of hot water at home and to heat water more efficiently.

Philip Drader with heat recovery ventilator HRV at REEP House

Lesson 9:  How to breathe fresh air in your air tight house

If you live an air tight home or you’ve improved or are planning to improve the air-tightness of your home, you’ll want to know about heat recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy (or enthalpy) recovery ventilators.

woman looking in open fridgeLesson 10:  How to conserve electricity use by lights, appliances and air conditioners

This lesson looks at how you can conserve electricity with the choices you make for lighting and appliances and how you use air conditioning.


solar at REEP HouseLesson 11:
  Generate your home’s electricity with solar energy

After you’ve done all you can to conserve energy, your next step is to generate some power. The rooftop of many residential buildings is ideal for capturing the sun’s energy and generate power with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

clothesline 8870504519_39becd99f6_bLesson 12:  How your day to day actions can save energy

By changing the way we do things, we can take an active role in caring for our planet while also saving money. That means thinking about how we can live sustainably in our day to day life. Changing our habits can make a significant impact on how efficiently energy is used in our homes.


Energy EfficiencyLesson 13:
  Choosing and working with contractors

Low prices. Quality work. Timeliness. When you are getting a contractor, you usually get two out of three. Here’s advice on figuring out which criteria are most important to you when picking your contractor.

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