The green your summer series is back after a 1 week hiatus during National Park week – Sorry for those that missed it. Dont worry though – there will be at least 3 more green your summer posts! Green Your Summer is a series that I’ve put together to let readers know how they can take advantage of the warmer weather (and other things) the summer has to offer to make their summer a bit greener.
One of the most important things you can do for your wallet and just about anything else you’ve got is to plug the leak. If you’re spending too somewhere and don’t feel like you’re getting enough value, you need to plug that leak. The same goes for your house. You need to make sure that all the air conditioning that you’re paying for is staying in the house – the same goes for heat in the winter. Who wants to pay to cool down the outside, or heat it up for that matter?
To do this, you need to identify common sources of leaks and test them. First we will do a very simple test on the fridge (yes, I know the cool air from there isnt going outside, but it’s still being wasted). You’ll need to grab a dollar (or any bill, or a piece of paper) and open the door to the fridge. Close the door with your dollar half in and half out, then try to pull the dollar bill out. If it slides out easily, you’ve got a bit of a sealing problem and you’ll need to replace the rubber seal on the fridge door. If it’s difficult to get out or if it stays put, pat yourself on the back – you’re good to go on to step 2.
Next it’s time to focus on the rest of the house – You’ll need to determine if your windows have bad seals to the rest of the house – Im not sure if you can do this yourself or not, but I know you can get an energy audit to have it done. The audit will scan your house with a thermocamera to see where there’s excessive heat loss. Once you have that information – fix it, as soon as possible.
One other way that you can stop the energy leaks is with your appliances. Many things now dont turn off, they just go to “sleep”. The nintendo wii at my house does this, and even though it’s supposed to be helpful, it actually draws off a lot of power. So I decided to get all of my things that did this and put them all on the same surge protector. Now, when I’m not using them, I just unplug the surge protector – its a lot less of a pain in the ass than doing every one thing individually. (Also, if there’s a charger plugged in that’s not charging anything, it’s still drawing energy, so unplug that too).
Readers: Are there any leaks in your house? How else would you go about keeping your cool air and heat in the house?