DFI completed a basement insulation retrofit at the Hartfords house in Peru. After removing the R11 fiberglass in the rim joist area, we could see why the basement was cold.
There was quite a few holes that you could see outside in the area, add that to the concrete block foundation and you have alot of air leakage. We then applied 2" R14 closed cell foam in the rim joist and too the concrete foundation to seal up all those holes and cracks allowing the cold air to filter in. The Hartfords wont have to worry about any pipes freezing down there this winter or any winter to come. Read more. www.energycircle.com/blog/2012/02/05/helping-hartfords-and-finding-path-...
Gap recently had a campaign to encourage people to bring in old jeans to be turned into recycled denim insulation. The campaign goes like this: you bring in some old denim, Gap hands it off to Bonded Logic, where it gets recycled into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation and donated to needy communities. And that’s not all: when you bring in an old pair of jeans you’ll receive a 30% discount on a new pair of Gap 1969 jeans, and an extra 10% on top of that if you become a fan of Gap on Facebook.
One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in. Now, before you balk at the high upfront cost of replacing your fridge, let us explain why we (admittedly, energy-efficiency/penny-pinching geeks) think it's a good idea:
On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance? Well, what happens is that you lose money. But using landscaping (namely by planting trees) to shade your home can be a great way to lower energy costs.
Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to their homes that save homeowners money, reduce our country’s carbon emissions, help to mitigate climate change, and put tens of thousands of Americans back to work.
Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.
A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.