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Energy Tip of Day

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving ENERGY STAR® model to reduce hot water use."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-water-heating

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-water-heating

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the thermostat. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-water-heating

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water for most uses."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-water-heating

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-water-heating

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill after heating and cooling. Install aerating, low-flow faucets and shower heads."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/tips-water-heating

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home.Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible. Also, you can purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue. And, while you're at it: Add caulking around the fireplace hearth."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly -- approximately 1 inch -- and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney. When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly -- approximately 1 inch -- and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F.

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Some times of the year, because of a phenomenon known as “thermal loading,” it might be necessary for the homeowner–depending on local conditions--to create and maintain a specific inside/outside temperature difference for a period of up to four hours before the test will be performed. Running the air conditioner in cooling climates or the central heat in heating climates can do this. Ask the auditor prior to the test if this will be necessary.

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"To prepare for an interior thermal scan, the homeowner should take steps to ensure an accurate result. This may include moving furniture away from exterior walls and removing drapes. The most accurate thermographic images usually occur when there is a large temperature difference (at least 20°F [14°C]) between inside and outside air temperatures. In northern states, thermographic scans are generally done in the winter. In southern states, however, scans are usually conducted during warm weather with the air conditioner on.

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"A thermal line scanner shows radiant temperature viewed along a line. The thermogram shows the line scan superimposed over a picture of the panned area. This process shows temperature variations along the line.The most accurate thermographic inspection device is a thermal imaging camera, which produces a 2-dimensional thermal picture of an area showing heat leakage. Spot radiometers and thermal line scanners do not provide the necessary detail for a complete home energy assessment.

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"In addition to using thermography during an energy assessment, you should have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes. You may wish to include a clause in the contract requiring a thermographic scan of the house. A thermographic scan performed by a certified technician is usually accurate enough to use as documentation in court proceedings."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermographic-inspections

Thursday's Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Infrared scanning allows energy auditors to check the effectiveness of insulation in a building's construction. The resulting thermograms help auditors determine whether a building needs insulation and where in the building it should go. Because wet insulation conducts heat faster than dry insulation, thermographic scans of roofs can often detect roof leaks."

Source:
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermographic-inspections

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"Thermography uses specially designed infrared video or still cameras to make images (called thermograms) that show surface heat variations. This technology has a number of applications. Thermograms of electrical systems can detect abnormally hot electrical connections or components. Thermograms of mechanical systems can detect the heat created by excessive friction. Energy auditors use thermography as a tool to help detect heat losses and air leakage in building envelopes.

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"It is harder to detect temperature differences on the outside surface of buildings during windy weather. Because of this difficulty, interior thermographic surveys are generally more accurate because they benefit from reduced air movement. Thermographic scans are also commonly used with a blower door test running. The blower door helps exaggerate air leaking through defects in the building shell. Such air leaks appear as black streaks in the infrared camera's viewfinder.

Energy Tip of the Day:

Atlantis Business Consulting's Tip of the Day is:

"A thermographic inspection is either an interior or exterior survey. The energy auditor decides which method would give the best results under certain weather conditions. Interior scans are more common, because warm air escaping from a building does not always move through the walls in a straight line. Heat loss detected in one area of the outside wall might originate at some other location on the inside of the wall."

Source:​
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/thermographic-inspections​