Your Energy Efficiency Projects and Stories, Tips and Questions





We all have a story or two about our attempts at applying energy upgrades, especially early on. Some energy efficiency stories are about figuring how a gadget works, or installing a new product, others are about horror stories in the basement or attic (yeah, it's always the attic!).

I remember the time I was building interior insulators for really old-but-functional windows. I had to deal with the old-but detailed wood trim which was coated in layer after layer old, peeling lead paint. At the time, I was very meticulous about salvaging/recycling EVERYTHING in a project, and so, I tirelessly removed the trim, put expanding foam in the gaps behind the trim where the windows were, and proceeded to carefully remove the lead paint, and repaint every bit of trim. It took weeks, but you know, I can vouch for the quality of the work, and the fact that for very little money, I now have windows with insulators that perform as well or better (low U-value)than the expensive, new ones.

Do you have a story to share with us? Perhaps your experiences living with a demand water heater, or maybe a geothermal heat pump? Any tips on better appliance efficiency, or cooling techniques that forgo an AC? Please share your knowledge with us and perhaps start a discussion with our readers. I will convert each story into its own web page written by you.

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