1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

March 14, 2008

:074 Outlet Tester

Filed under: :074 Outlet Tester — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

how-to-check-electrical-receptacle-polarity-2.jpg

Suggested Review – none

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

1:5:10:074 Tip: Electrical outlet testers can determine if a homes electrical wiring is properly grounded and if there is reverse polarity. Improper wiring can shorten appliance life and lead to safety concerns.

***********************************

Additional Information

Electrical outlet testers are available for about $5 at any hardware store.

************************

Would you like to receive an email alert for each new 1:5:10:365 EcoTip? Sign up for a Google Alert.

February 10, 2008

:041 Sealing Out Infiltration

Suggested Review – :039, :040

Today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet deals with sealing outlets to prevent air infiltration and save energy.

p0001862.jpg

source: www.cityofames.org/.../SelfAudit/Default.htm

1:5:10:041 Tip: Inexpensive gaskets are available that can be used to seal wall outlets to help prevent air infiltration.  You can purchase these at any hardware store. Make sure to check with the Wizard Stick after installation to be sure the gasket has properly sealed the outlet cover.

***********************************

Additional Information

The EPA EnergyStar program has an excellent guide to sealing infiltration leaks at:

http://www.energystar.gov/ia/home_improvement/home_sealing/DIY_COLOR_100_dpi.pdf

************************

Would you like to receive an email alert for each new 1:5:10:365 EcoTip? Sign up for a Google Alert.

Blog at WordPress.com.