few simple facts about gas and electric
The Home Energy
In This Issue:
"A few simple facts about
gas and electric heating
"How to Fully Utilize the Storage Space in Your
|5. Energy Saving Tips
|6. Tell us
what you think
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===================== FEATURE EDITORIAL
"A few simple facts
about gas and electric heating
To make your home more energy efficient, you need to understand the
energy efficiency of different types of heating and cooling systems. Many times
people are confused by inaccurate information they receive from manufacturers and
sellers of heating and cooling equipment.
But all you need to know in order to make wise decisions when purchasing
this equipment are a few simple facts.
First of all, the proper sizing of equipment is of utmost importance for comfort and low
utility bills. Once the proper size is known, then you must decide what type of system best
suits your needs. Let's look at three ways houses are heated.
Natural gas furnace,
Air-to-air electric heat pump,
Geothermal heat pump (electricity).
Now, let's consider how efficient they are. And when I talk
about heating efficiency, I'm talking about how efficiently the system
converts either natural gas or electricity to heat for you home.
A typical gas furnace will be rated at about 80 percent
efficiency when it is new and if it is installed properly. That
percentage will lessen with each year's use. An 80-percent efficiency rating
means that 80 percent of the gas used will provide heat and the other
20 percent goes up the flue. For example, look at your
neighbor's gas flue on a cold winter morning and see the steam coming
While I don't recommend this, a gas furnace that is 90-percent efficient can be used. With
this unit, about 10 percent of the fuel goes up the flue. At first glance, you might think
80 to 90 percent sounds pretty good. But consider this.
Would you purchase gasoline for your car and pump 10 to 20 percent of it
on the ground? In my opinion, our nation would not have to worry about shortages of
natural gas if we simply didn't waste it.
Another popular type of heating system, an air-to-air heat pump, uses electricity instead
of gas. All Doug Rye homes use electric heating systems. An air-to-air heat pump, properly
installed, would operate at an efficiency of around 250 percent. I know
what you are thinking. “How can anything be more than 100 percent energy
Remember, we are talking about how efficiently a unit uses either
electricity or gas to move or create heat. Unlike a gas-fired furnace, a heat pump
does not actually create heat, it simply moves heat from one location to another.
Air-to-air pumps extract the heat from the air. With a heat pump, you use one unit of
electricity and get about 2.5 units of heat.
My favorite system, the geothermal heat pump, is simply the very best there is.
Most geothermal heating systems operate at close to 400 percent energy
That's five times the efficiency of the 80 percent gas furnace. As this
heat pump is extracting heat from Mother Earth, which is a constant 57 degrees, it is
operating on minimal stress and using a very small amount of electricity to move the
heat from the earth into the house.
With a geothermal system, you buy one unit of electricity (one unit of
heat) and Mother Earth will give you three more units of heat for free. (That three
units of heat is solar energy that Mr. Sunshine gave us over millions of years.) In
future columns, we'll talk more about how air-to-air and geothermal heat pumps
Geothermal Heat Pump System
In the meantime, if you have questions, just give me a call at my office
at 501-653-7931 or e-mail me at email@example.com. Either me or my son Phillip
will be glad to help you.
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applying these techniques will SAVE YOU MONEY.
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How to Fully Utilize the Storage Space in Your
(ARA) - If you're like most people, your garage is mess. Garden tools
are stacked in one corner; there's a pile of paint cans in another; the kids' bikes
are parked in front of the cars; and your work bench -- well it's under those boxes
-- you think.
A lot of people try to make their garages more user friendly by putting up peg board
for the tools, hanging the bikes from hooks in the ceiling to get them out of the way, and
building shelves along the walls to stack things on. "Those solutions are all well and
good, but they don't utilize the available storage space to its full potential," says Kevin
Shaha, president of Racor, Incorporated, a Sandpoint, Idaho company that specializes in
garage storage solutions.
Shaha's company is about to introduce a new garage storage device that he says will
revolutionize the industry. The HeavyLift system will allow you to store virtually anything
out of the way and off the floor by making use of the space on the ceiling.
The easy-to-install do-it-yourself kit, which will be available through retailers
nationwide, the Sears catalog, and online at www.racorinc.com in March 2005, includes heavy
duty steel support beams which you will secure to the rafters, a four-foot-by-four-foot
platform, a winding axle, enough vinyl coated steel cable for a ceiling up to 12 feet high,
a hand crank and all the mounting hardware.
All you have to do is screw the support beams into the ceiling, attach the winding
axle with the enclosed hardware, thread the steel cable through the support beam wheels and
attach to the platform, then use the provided hand crank to raise and lower the platform.
"You can safely store up to 250 pounds on it," says Shaha. "It's a great way to keep the
lawnmower out of the way in the wintertime, or you can use it to store file boxes, third
row car seats, outdoor furniture, tires, pretty much anything you can think of that
normally takes up a lot of space."
An added plus is the safety factor. The American Ladder Institute reports that each
year, more than a half million people are injured and 165,000 visit emergency rooms after
falling off ladders. With a HeavyLift system in your garage, you'll never have to climb a
ladder again. All you'll have to do to get down something heavy is hook up the hand crank
and lower the load, then take whatever you need off the platform and crank it back up to
And once you get those bulkier items out of the way, you can make better use of the
limited shelf space you have in the garage. So instead of using shelves to store boxes and
other bulky items, you can put cleaners, auto accessories and other things you need
immediate access to on them.
For more information about the HeavyLift system, or any of the other garage storage
solutions offered by Racor, call toll-free (800) 783-7725 or log on to www.racorinc.com.
Energy Saving Tips
If you are a first-time homeowner, building a new home, or just wanting
to make changes to an older, existing home, here a some energy-saving tips for you to
consider. There is no better time to do this than at the beginning of a construction
- If you are clearing a lot for a new home or considering landscaping
options, don't forget about the shade advantage trees add, as well as the
evaporative cooling their lush canopies can offer.
- Window coatings are energy saving, especially for west-facing view
windows. For most residential applications, low-emissivity (low-e) coatings are
sufficient. They can cut heat gain by up to 25 percent without changing the
- When building a new home, try to keep glass area at 10 percent to 12
percent of the floor area of the house (example: 2,000 sq.ft. x 10% = 200 sq.ft.
More energy saving tips to come in the next Home Energy Saver
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