Sunday, September 7, 2008

Stop the Leaks! Update

What have you all been doing to increase your home's efficiency this week? I'd love to hear about everything you've been doing!

We have been struggling with our furnace air filter situation. I'll update as soon as we get it figured out. I'm planning on moving onto windows this week; storm windows, heavy lined curtains, and more!


Heather said...

This "week" being since last weekend, we have stopped 2 leaky faucets by replacing various pieces, set up to have a new tankless water heater installed tomorrow and finished the brick molding around our new backdoor after we ensured it was sealed properly.

Thank you for the challenge! It is keeping those types of things on the top of our minds for first fixes in the reno.

Robj98168 said...

Caulking windows here. I am going to install a new window were there wasn't one in the kitchen on the south wall. So it should help warm the kitchen during the day.

Jennifer said...

Heather~ Sounds really productive! I can't wait to hear about your tankless water heater.. we've been debating it for months now.

Rob~ Sounds good! I bet you will find you will save electricity on lighting your kitchen, too!

Heather said...

Jennifer, this will be our second tankless water heater. We first got one when we lived in Alberta, Canada and LOOOOVEEEEDDD!! it so when we learned that the bottom in the one in the new house could rust out at any moment, it was an easy decision for us to make. Hoping this one is as wonderful as it was but installation is done.. now to just get the gas turned on so we can test it out. :) Figured no need in wasting having it turned on until closer to when we needed hot water there as it is vacant while we renovate for a couple more weeks.

Will let you know how this one works out... and have to check into it but it looks like there may be rebates from a lot of gas companies and then tax credits for going tankless :)

Hallie and Joe said...

So far - not much. But we better get moving! We have to insulate the attic, build a little insulation box thingie to cover the attic pulldown stairs, insulate the crappy old water heater and the pipe that comes from it as well as every other pipe we see in the basement.Oh wait, we did do something. We put these little wire thingies down all our downspouts in the gutter system so that in freezing weather the gutters will not freeze - and will continue to drain. We really have our work cut out for us!