Found 40 results for the keyword ‘Energy Conservation’

  • Is there a book that gives the specs for building an R-2000 home?

    Ted is looking to build his own home and wants to know if he can get a book that will give him the specs for an R-2000 home. He wants to do it right!The answer is Yes and No, Ted. There is a publication that illustrates many of the techniques used in R-2000 homes, in fact there is a new edition...
  • HOW CAN I INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF MY HOT WATER HEATER?

    Heating water accounts for almost 20 percent of the total heating costs in a normal home. The percentage is higher in an energy-efficient home (the same dollars, it's just a bigger piece cut from a smaller pie). Almost all of the recommendations for improving heating systems for space heating ap...
  • How do you insulate a double brick wall?

    Ed and Sharon in Manitoba just bought an old house in Manitoba and it is very cold, there doesn't seem to be any insulation in the walls at all. They have been told that it was double brick construction with plaster on the inside. Well friends, it was probably built by someone from Toronto who ...
  • Are "Thermal Mass" wall mounted electrical radiant heaters worth the money?

    "I HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED A BROCHURE CONCERNING A SUPPOSED NEW KIND OF HEATING WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE CHEAPER AND MORE EFFECIENT...CAN YOU GIVE YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THIS PRODUCT AND THE PROS AND CONS ?" -- Grant, MontrealThere is currently a marketing blitz from the company Echotherm Canada, sell...
  • Blocking Cold Air Drafts

    Air drafts through the walls cost us the most heating and air conditioning dollars, far more than a lack of insulation. Blocking them up is called Air Sealing.If a crack is meant to move, like a door or a window, then we block the drafts with weather stripping.If the crack is not meant to move, l...
  • How to adjust door latches with Door-Tite!

    Some door latches are just not installed snugly, while some doors warp with the seasons and are too tight part of the time and too loose the rest of the time. Typically, the strike plate needs to be moved over a fraction of an inch for a good fit. The best way to do that is to fill the existing s...
  • Different thermal pane window spacers

    Peggy is moving from Calgary to Vancouver and in her new province she says she can't locate the SuperSpacer windows that she loved in Calgary. That brings up the whole question of what are different window spacers, and why some are available in some areas of the country and not others.Thermal pa...
  • Pro: Electronic Thermostats & Baseboard Heaters

      OLD BASEBOARDS Baseboard electric heaters are notorious for providing uneven heat -- cycling hot and cold -- with thermostats that are quite unreliable. Whether looking at them for the whole house or topping up the heat in difficult to reach corners of the house, most contractors see baseboar...
  • Thermal Bridging

    Wood is not as good an insulation material as is any of the products we call thermal insulation: fiberglass, Styrofoam etc. Yet up to 24% of our walls are wood all the way through. Metal framing is even less resistant to heat loss than is wood. Typically the insulation is placed in-between the...
  • Greenwashing

    What is GREENWASHING? How to avoid it as a consumer and how to avoid it as a legitimate business.Greenwashing is a term that dates way back to 1986, when a New York journalist complained about the cost saving tactic of hotels to get their clients to use the same towel for more than one day by a c...