Up to 40% of the heat loss or gain in a home is due to leaks in the thermal envelope surrounding the living space. To save energy, make sure the attic has plenty of insulation, and fill any cracks or gaps around windows, doors, plumbing pipes, and HVAC lines. Installing foam gaskets behind switch and outlet covers is another good way to reduce air infiltration in your home.
Today’s Homeowner is looking back at the little things that made last year a little bit simpler. We compiled a list of Joe Truini’s top ten Simple Solutions of 2018 that are sure to help you around the house.
Radiant heating is one of the most comfortable and energy efficient ways to heat your home. A radiant heating system consists of a series of small tubes installed under the floor, above a ceiling, or behind the walls in your home. Hot water from a dedicated hot water heater is then pumped through the tubing to warm the floor, concrete slab, or wallboard.
Don’t throw out those old, broken crayons. Instead, remove the paper, melt them in the microwave, and pour the melted wax into molds to form fun new shapes and colors. Watch this video to find out more.
Rather than using toxic chemicals to keep insect pests out of your garden, consider adding natural predator insects – like ladybugs, praying mantis, tiger beetles, and lacewings – to reduce pest insects that damage plants. Watch this video to find out more.
Planting a vegetable or herb garden in your yard is a great way to make your life more eco-friendly. You don’t have to have a lot of space to grow a small herb or vegetable garden, and the food it produces will be fresher and reduce the greenhouse gases needed to truck produce to the market.
Bamboo is considered a sustainable resource, since it grows rapidly and is easily replenished. But when considering bamboo products, check to see if the manufacturing process and other materials – like adhesives and finishes – are eco-friendly as well. Watch this video to find out more.