Saving Energy with Solar Power Saving Energy with Insulation
A single pane window is really the worse part of your house because energy is flowing through this single pane like there is nothing. You could put a newspaper there and it would be, a normal newspaper, would be a better insulation than a single pane window. So, when you can afford it, change one of your single pane windows to a window with double pane. There are, out there, even triple pane windows, they are much better but they cost you more. So the idea is really to start with the worse part of your house and that's the cracks,.
The next part would be windows then look at your doors. There are very often you see doors that have no insulation at all. So, you heat your house and the warm air goes through your door because there's no insulation in your door. Would be another possibility. Then look how your house is built, if your ceiling is insulated. Very often you have a little gap in your ceiling and you can climb up there and you will see if, on the top of your ceiling, if there is insulation. Look if the insulation is well laid there or if there are gaps. Very.
Saving Energy with Solar Power Fixing Insulation to Save Energy
We did here in our houses. We have the good insulation but it was not good enough for me. So when we got all these packages from the company's with all these Styrofoam chips in there, we used these chips and put them on top of the ceiling and add to the insulation we already have there. Now our insulation in the house is double as high as it was before. Because we really didn't know what to do with all these chips. And these chips are very bad for the land fill because they don't rot. You cannot burn them that would be even worse.
So, using them in your house as insulation is a perfect way to use them and you save a lot of money. That would be another possibility. When you're still looking in your house you have your warm water pipes, and your hot water pipes, and your cold water pipes. So look really if all your hot water pipes are insulated. Because, imagine it's like a little heater, that every pipe when the hot water run through it will give the energy to the air surrounding it and your water will not be as hot as it should be when it comes out of the faucet.
HERO Clean Energy Program Launches in San Diego, CA
It's a very exciting day for San Diegans. Summer is in full swing. We're feeling it from the heat. Our utility bills are rising. Homeowners, we believe, deserve some relief. We're the fifth most populated county in the United States. We have this great weather, why don't we have ways to capture the sun through solar, or other energy efficiencies To me, the HERO Program helps launch that. I think this is tremendous. It's just coming together on different issues that we all, as elected leaders, as a community, care about protecting our environment, growing our economy,.
And creating new jobs. We were so excited because HERO has been in other areas of California. It's been successful in those areas. I mean, we've been waiting for this to come to San Diego. We are thrilled for the HERO Program to come to San Diego County, as it will help us with our goal to help revolutionize how we generate electricity. By virtue, this program, we've had literally hundreds of customers that have been able to beautify their yards, conserve water, and increase their property values. You can do this, this is now an option that's available to you, and one that I think that.
Solar Movie Save Energy Costs With Climate Sensible Design
In the late 1990's we made a solar movie a tutorial in conjuction with Channel 9 t.v. station. It was introduced by Russell Gooderich as part of the 'Real Estate Programme'. The man who produced the segment, David Karsten, went on to make 'Climate Sensible Designs Living in a Home The Breathes' tutorial which is also available on the solare website. If you think about it, much of the cost of running your home can be directly attributed to heating in winter and cooling in summer. Today David Karsten looks at how much you.
Can save in energy costs by choosing a climate sensible design. Architect Garry Baverstock has devoted 25 years of his career to promoting the advantages of energy efficient home design and says the first step in taking the most advantage of seasonal conditions is to choose a rectangular rather than a square shaped block. In the southern hemisphere we really need to select a block that faces north to the backyard or to the side, in this case here. So that allows the winter sun to come through in the winter time at the same time have privacy from your neighbours.
Once you've established a northerly orientation it's then a case of working in the essential elements of energy efficiency into your home design elements that won't compromise the visual appeal. The basic principles are getting a roughly a two to one proportion placed on the block in order to get the northern exposure. Around about 50 of the northern face should be glass. It's good to have a deciduous pergola effect, either with a Tecto Pergola that we put in our designs or some sort of deciduous vine that shades in summer and exposes in winter.
Insulation layers at roof and ceiling level as well as in the wall cavity works together with the heavyweight mass of the brick and concrete construction to store the energy. Well it's a typical winter's day outside, a cold 13 degrees and I'll tell you what, you really do feel the dfference when you pop inside to a comfortable eighteen and a half degrees. Now, if you consider that's all achieved without the use of heaters, it just goes to show how much of a success this concept really is. Now as well as achieving a constant temperature, a solar hot water unit is another way to save.
On energy costs a subject Garry knows a lot about. I just happen to be chairman of the Solar Hot Water Manufacturers Association and just about to launch a campaign to get the consumer $750 rebate from the government for the purchase of a solar hot water system and we believe that's really important because it enhances the whole effect. The passive solar input saving you about 30 of your energy costs from solar hot water. Another energy efficient feature is the maximisation of daylight by adding a central uplift area.
Like a window or skylight in the centre of the house to get light from a northerly direction to a part of the house that's usually cold and dark. By maximising daylight you can at least halve your electricity bills on lighting. A climate sensible design can save between up to sixty and ninety percent in energy costs and the great news is some of these features can be retrofitted to your existing home. Garry does run university extension courses at UWA and workshops at Homebase in Wembley as well as an advisory line on energy efficient design.
How Radiant Barrier Works AtticFoil Reflects Heat Coming Off The Roof
Hey, this is Ed with AtticFoil. In this short tutorial I'm going to explain HOW an atticinstalled radiant barrier works. All of the heat from the sun is transferred to Earth in the form of radiant heat. This is heat transfer without actual contact with the heat source. When your roof absorbs radiant heat from the sun, it heats up. Eventually, your roof will start to reradiate the heat in all directions. About half of the heat, or energy, will transfer into the attic. Radiant heat is the invisible part of the light spectrum.
It's the part you feel, not the part you see. For example, if you stand near a fire on a cold night, you feel the radiant heat on your front side, but your backside may still be cold since it's not receiving any radiant heat. Radiant heat travels at the speed of light until it's either absorbed or reflected. Normally your attic insulation will absorb all of this energy and it too will start to heat up. Eventually this heat will make its way through the attic insulation and into the home. Traditional attic insulation will.
Only slow down the heat transfer process. When you install a radiant barrier between the roof and the attic insulation, by either stapling it to the bottom of the roof rafters or laying it out over the attic insulation, it breaks this path by reflecting the radiant heat back towards the roof, and helps keep the attic insulation from getting as hot. By keeping the attic insulation cooler, we can significantly reduce the amount of heat transfer entering the home by making the regular attic insulation more effective. So think of it this way radiant barrier is your FIRST line of defense against radiant heat, and.
Traditional attic insulation is your second line of defense against conductive heat flow. Since your home is exposed to both types of heat, you need a different product for each one. In fact, radiant heat is actually EASIER to control than conductive heat since it can be reflected by just about any shiny surface. A lot of people talk about a COOLER ATTIC, which is nice but really what we want is cooler attic insulation. An attic installed radiant barrier will keep your attic insulation cooler. This means less heat will enter the home.
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