Touchstone Energy® Tip of the Month: March 2012
Locator/Collector Greg Chamberlain is a talented guy when it comes to making his own home improvements.
Following a destructive hail storm he was faced with replacing siding and a broken window. It was the perfect time to make some wholesale changes, such as adding ¼ inch foam board under the siding, closing off some windows, and reducing the size of some large windows. “I know adding the foam board and having less glass helped make the house more energy efficient,” says Greg. “Our home is more comfortable and quite a bit more quiet too.”
Touchstone Energy® Tip of the Month: February 2012
Locator/Collector Craig Schormann addressed a problem that’s common in homes with walk-out basements. The exposed concrete which is above ground can be a major source of heat loss. It's noticeably cool, even above the concrete.
Craig says, “I insulated my basement walls by attaching foam board to the cement.” There’s no doubt the added R-value will help keep a home comfortable on a cold day.
Touchstone Energy® Tip of the Month: January 2012
Journeyman Lineman Pat Schroeder deals with the elements every day to help keep the power flowing. While at home, he enjoys the comfort of using ceiling fans year-round. He says, “During the heating season, I make sure to use ceiling fans in the bedrooms and living room to help bring heat down to floor level.”
Many ceiling fans have a switch to change the rotation of the blades. During winter, make sure the blades rotate clockwise to help move warm air trapped at ceiling level down into the living area. Remember to change the switch during cooling season to make the blades rotate counter-clockwise.
Touchstone Energy® Tip of the Month: December 2011
Meterman/Collector Jason Meyer takes full advantage of the time he spends outdoors on a ladder to hang Christmas lights. He arms himself with a caulking gun. “I figure it's also a good time to caulk around the windows and seal any air leaks before winter arrives,” says Jason.
Caulking and sealing air leaks offers a quick payback and can make a difference in your heating use. Besides windows, check for air leaks around doors and where pipes and utility lines enter your home.