5-Overview of Educational Videos on a Home Energy Audit Series by Greenovation Builders. More information at http://www.greenovationbuilders.com
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5 Ways to Improve Your Homes Energy Efficiency Female: Okay people, I like free and we are going to be letting you know some no-cost and low cost things that this particular homeowner can do to their home and probably you can apply to the place that you live to make it more energy efficient. So, how about it Gary? Gary: All right, well that’s right. For these items, most anybody can implement them and they’re applied on almost all homes. Of course everybody likes free things and we all know we’re supposed to turn off the lights and the ceiling fans when we’re not in the room especially ceiling fans because they are doing absolutely no good if there is nobody in the room. And that’s a matter of controversy but that is applied. Female: And to the matter of controversy between me and my husband about two weeks ago, I'm so glad I can take this piece of information home. Thank you Gary. Gary: And again, some of these things, we all may have heard birth but let’s just go through them. Of course, only wash full loads of dishes and laundry. There is a lot of embedded energy in that hot water. Many people don’t know about cleaning your coils on your refrigerator. Female: Oh, I never heard that before. Gary: You can purchase a special brush, it's a long narrow bottle brush and what's into the coils on the new refrigerator is around the bottom. You have to open them over. Remove the bottom cover and clean out the refrigeration coils. Female: I have to try that. Gary: Once a year, that improves the efficiency. If you have appliances such as refrigerators and have energy saving settings, use them. If you noticed that your toilets are leaking or a botch is leaking, get them repaired. Make sure that your water heater is set not higher than 120 degrees. Female: Let me ask you a question about that because I think we might have some regretting people. Does 120 degrees still get you a hot shower? Gary: It should. And if you're not certain, I would say get an accurate thermometer and measure the temperature of the water coming out because sometimes the setting on the tank may not correspond completely to what's coming out of the tap. But if it's much hotter than 120, it can be dangerous to your small children and also it wastes a part of your energy. Female: Okay, those are the absolute free. Gary: Those are some of the free things. Female: Those are the user implementable, I mean that stuff that just has to do with your habits around your house basically. Gary: Now also, I might add on that is the setting on the thermostat. Setting it back one or two degrees a little cooler in the winter, a little warmer in the summer. It can make a huge difference in the energy usage. You don’t have to tuck it out but, make an effort and small changes can really make things better. Female: Put on your sweater. Take off a layer, whatever you need to, yeah. Gary That’s right. Okay, some of the items generally will have a one year payback. Compact florescent light bulbs, they're inexpensive these days. Female: What that one run? Gary: You can get four or five packs for $8.00 to $10.00 nowadays? Female: Sweet! Gary: So, they're pretty inexpensive. Female: That’s approachable, yeah. Gary: This particular house had fairly tight docks for the HPAC system but as I mentioned earlier, leaky docks is one of the most cost effective things and one of the largest sources of energy blocks. Female: And it can payback in a year, even with the cost effective. Gary: Very quickly, yes. Female: Wow! Okay. Gary: Water, low flow faucet, aerators and shower heads. Female: Those are amazing. Gary: Easy. Broken windows will of course—if your finger is broken, repair it. Insulation on a tank type water heater, these are inexpensive. They’re 20 to 25 gallons. I'm sure to pay for itself in the first year. Female: And this isn’t just for when outside. I mean, if your house—relocate and you should do it indoors. Gary: Yes, even indoors. But, do be careful if you have a gas fire water heater
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