1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

December 3, 2008

:338 More Rebate Listings

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:338 EcoTip: The North Carolina Solar Center and Interstate Renewable Council provide a databaseof State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. It is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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December 2, 2008

:337 ShowerStart

Filed under: :337 ShowerStart — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:22 am

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:337 EcoTip: If you or someone in your family is in the habit of turning on the shower and letting it run to heat up while doing something else, the ShowerStart technology may be the thing for your family. With ShowerSmart, the shower head adapter cuts back the flow of water to a trickle as soon as the shower’s temperature reaches 95 degrees F. This keeps hot water from running down the drain until you are ready to enter the shower. At that point you flip the shower head switch and the water flow resumes. This helps eliminated the water and energy waste when excess water is allowed to run while waiting for it to heat up to a comfortable temperature.

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ShowerStart is available with built in shower heads, or you can use the ShowerStart adapter (shown above) to adapt your favorite low flow head.

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November 15, 2008

:320 Can Lights & Ice Dams

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:320 EcoTip: Can lights in the attic can provide enough heat to melt snow on the roof and result in ice dams. To prevent this install ICAT rated can lights. ICAT stands for Insulation Contact, Air Tight. Not only will they help prevent heat from the can light from getting into the attic but will help same energy as well.

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Courtesy of MoistureView.com

The infrared thermal image above shows cold infiltration around this old uninsulated can light in a kitchen ceiling. ICAT can lights are permitted to have the insulation contacting them. The one in the thermal image wastes energy because code does not permit the insulation to come into contact with it due to the fire hazard. Where the cold comes in – the heat goes out which can lead to the ice daming condition.

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November 14, 2008

:319 Eave Ventilation

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:319 EcoTip: Insulation in eaves needs to be present to save energy loss and prevent ice dams from forming in areas with snow. If not properly installed the insulation can block the eave vents and prevent proper ventilation of the attic. The following illustration shows one way of insulating while allowing attic ventilation through the eave vents and helping to prevent ice dams from forming.

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October 11, 2008

:285 Fireplace Plug

Filed under: :285 Fireplace Plug — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 8:04 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:285 EcoTip: Fireplaces waste a tremendous amount of heat energy – even with the damper closed. A fireplace plug can help reduce that energy loss.

Battic Fireplace Draft Stopper

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The Fireplace Draft Stopper from Battic Door Energy Conservation Products can help cut energy loss up the chimney. They have a model for masonry fireplaces and another for zero clearance fireplaces (shown above) http://www.batticdoor.com/fireplacedraftstopper.html

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October 10, 2008

:284 Whole House Fan Seal

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:284 EcoTip: With fall weather beginning it is time to seal up infiltration openings from whole house fans and evaporative coolers. These openings generally have a louvered opening that is kept closed when they are not operating, but that is not enough to keep large amount of unwanted cold air from entering the home in fall and winter. Sealing covers are available that can be installed and removed quickly.

Source: http://www.batticdoor.com/atticlouvercover.html

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In addition to helping to conserve energy, sealing the opening where the whole house attic fan opens into the home can help reduce the amount of moisture that flows from your home into the attic. When that moisture hits the cold under surface of the roof it can condense leading to mold growth and deterioration.

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September 28, 2008

:272 Shower Heat Exchanger

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:272 EcoTip: A shower heat exchanger can conserve 25 to 40% of the energy that normally goes down the drain when taking a hot shower.

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The EcoDrain can be installed below the shower during either new construction or bathroom renovation to help increase energy efficiency by reducing hot water energy use. According to the manufacturer.

The EcoDrain is designed to make the reuse of shower waste heat practical. Its key feature is a patent-pending turbulator which optimally stirs the waste water in order to maximize heat exchanger performance in a small device.

The EcoDrain is installed directly under the shower. This minimizes heat loss and makes installation easy in new home construction and in most bathroom renovation projects. 

 

I observed this product at this years West Coast Green conference and was impressed – Contact EcoDrain at: info@ecodrain.ca or 514-448-4798

 

 

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August 10, 2008

:223 Green Made Simple

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:223 EcoTip: Green Made Simple is a great way to find out about the environmental incentives available in your area. You enter your zip-code to search their comprehensive residential energy efficiency rebates and incentives listings.

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http://www.greenmadesimple.com/

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 21, 2008
–/WORLD-WIRE/– Answering the need to save money and reduce carbon emissions when it comes to residential energy efficiency, the new website www.greenmadesimple.com presents the first comprehensive database for local, state and national incentives, rebates, and special offers on the Internet. Visitors to the site enter their zip code to quickly find local residential incentives and rebates covering appliances, lighting, cars, home improvement and construction, energy audits, solar and other renewables, recycling and financing options. Additionally, users are able to create an account to keep track of their projects, incentives and other offers.

“Homeowners need a quick way to find rebates and offers available when they buy new appliances, cars or other energy saving installations, and we give them all the terms, instructions and applications in one easy search,” says Bob Ellis, CEO of GreenMadeSimple.com.

The site offers three main resources:

Incentives: Each month, this section is updated from hundreds of sources to bring users the latest and most relevant incentives and rebates for making energy efficiency updates to their home. In addition, Green Made Simple also streamlines the process by providing application forms, terms and time limits in an easy-to-use format.

Marketplace: The site offers listings of green businesses, products and services that are available both locally and nationally. Similar to the Incentives section, visitors access these resources by entering their zip code and then filtering the information based on a search area, business name, or category.

Projects: This section features stories posted by real people who have engaged in a residential energy-saving project. Examples range from changing light bulbs in Virginia to installing a green roof in Indiana. Visitors can use this area to share their stories, get ideas and rate other projects. “People respond to what their neighbors and others are doing to make their homes more energy-efficient. So we want to make it easy for them to find each other and see how they solve the challenges of changing their practices,” says Publisher Chris Ewald.

According to the US Department of Energy, residential energy accounts for 21 percent of the national total energy consumption and costs American households more than $160 billion a year. It is estimated that energy efficiency improvements could save people 20 – 30 percent annually on their energy bills.

The site is a one-stop way to find energy-and money-saving opportunities through local and national rebates, incentives, businesses and services. It’s easy-to-use, comprehensive, and up-to-date. Visitors can also keep track of their own rebates and incentives, see others’ projects, and find the latest news on home energy efficiency.

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August 6, 2008

:219 Summer Thermal Image Scan

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:219 EcoTip: Thermal imaging uses infrared energy to track sources of energy loss. There are many ways thermal imaging can be used to help diagnose hidden conditions but they all rely on temperature differences, Having you home scanned in summer can help identify issues related to hot outdoor conditions that might not be visible during other times of the year.

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The thermal image above shows areas of missing insulation in the summer (the red/orange areas). Compare this to :036 which shows heat escaping from a home’s eves in winter (the red/orange areas) and :037 which shows cold spots (the blue areas) which represent missing insulation in winter.

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June 20, 2008

:172 Drip Watering

Filed under: :172 Drip Watering — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 4:45 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:172 EcoTip: Drip watering systems save water by delivering precise amounts to the individual plant being watered. They work well for trees, shrubs and individual plants in garden areas. Because only the soil for the individual plant gets watered, drip irrigation can also help prevent weeds from developing in the areas that don’t get watered.

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