Is Your House Cold?
The Home Energy
In This Issue:
Why is your house cold?"
"Let the Queen of Clean Help You Conquer
Tough Cleaning Jobs"
|5. Energy Saving Tips
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===================== FEATURE EDITORIAL
"Why is your house cold?"
How many of you have experienced this situation?
As the wind blows outside and the temperature drops, you get chilled
even while you are standing in the middle of your home.
How does this happen?
The three biggest problems with the comfort of your home are,
1) air infiltration
2) air infiltration
3) air infiltration
The total air infiltration in an average house is the equivalent of having a door or window open every day of your life.
Now, you've probably heard it said that a house needs to breathe. In all my years in this
work, I've never had anyone really explain why a house needs to breathe or even what that
statement really means. Another word for house breathing is, simply put, leaks.
Just think with me for a moment. If you can keep the cold air from getting in, it won't
take as much to heat your house. Not to mention the fact that you would be a lot more
comfortable in your home. So where does the air come in?
Think of it this way. Anywhere an ant can get in, air can get in. Here are a few major
Where your wall touches your slab.
Cracks between the wood framing in your home's
Around electrical receptacles and light switches in your house,
even on interior walls. (When the north wind is blowing, go feel the
electrical outlets and switches on your north wall.)
Holes and leaks around your sink plumbing. Forget the ants,
sometimes a mouse can get through these holes.
Gas and fireplace flues.
Recessed can lights that are not IC-rated. Between 3 and 10
cubic feet per minute of air will pass through one of these lights. A typical
plastic garbage bag is 3 cubic feet. So that means that three garbage bags
full of air can leak out of one of those lights every
The return air system of your heating/cooling unit. In the
average house, gigantic amounts of air enter through this
So how are you going to stop the cold air from penetrating your home this winter? The
solution is mostly labor and a little bit material. Now, say this with me.
For big holes, such as those under the sink, simply use expandable
For the smaller cracks, use a clear siliconized caulk.
For electrical outlets and light switches, install the insulated foam gaskets and
childproof plug inserts.
Installing cellulose insulation in your attic will also help reduce air infiltration from
your attic space.
For a great solution to stopping air infiltration through attic pull down stairs or doors
that back up to an attic, visit http://www.attictent.com
In the meantime, if you have questions, just give me a call at my office
at 501-653-7931 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Either me or my son Phillip
will be glad to help you.
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Let the Queen of Clean Help You Conquer Tough Cleaning
Kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that present the biggest cleaning
challenges. They get a lot of use, and they are exposed to a lot of bacteria and
germs. You may think you need a cabinet full of various cleaning products and an
entire day to tackle these tough areas, but Linda Cobb, a.k.a. the Queen of Clean,
begs to differ.
"Cleaning doesn't have to be a miserable experience," says The Queen of Clean, Linda Cobb,
a New York Times best-selling author and host of DIY Do It Yourself Network's series,
Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean. "Don't get me wrong -- a good, thorough cleaning is
work. However, there are some things you can do to make it a little easier."
Before you start cleaning, Cobb suggests getting organized by gathering all of your
cleaning products and tools in one container that can be easily carried from room to room.
One of her favorite tools is a roll of paper towels. "You can just use them and toss them,"
says the Queen. "You're not spreading dirt and germs around like you would if you used
rags." Cobb recommends Sparkle paper towels because they are strong, absorbent and wipe dry
fast. Plus, they're affordably priced.
Make sure you have everything you'll need before you start. . "You don't want to have to
stop when you're on a roll to restock your supplies," says Cobb. Include plenty of strong
trash bags, cloths, sponges and cleansers in your cleaning caddy. What you don't need is a
big collection of expensive cleaning products. Cobb stresses that your cleaning products
can and should do double duty -- you don't need a different product for each task. In fact,
you can make your own cleaning products using ingredients you probably have in your
"There are so many products you can make yourself that clean really well and are
inexpensive," says Cobb. She shares some of her favorites below.
Combine two quarts warm water and 1/2 cup corn starch. Wash windows with a sponge and dry
with Sparkle paper towels. To make a quart for a spray bottle, use one quart warm water and
1/4 cup corn starch.
* All-purpose cleanser
Make your own cleanser by combining four parts baking soda and one part 20 Mule Team Borax
laundry additive. Use it just as you would any other cleanser.
* Spray cleaner
This is perfect for most hard surfaces. Combine 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish soap, two
tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, one teaspoon 20 Mule Team Borax and two
cups water. Shake well prior to using.
* Make sinks shine
To clean porcelain sinks and tubs, combine 20 Mule Team Borax and lemon juice into a
moderately thick paste. Scrub porcelain sinks and tubs with the paste and rinse well. To
tackle stains, leave paste on for a few hours or overnight. Wipe the sink dry with a
strong, absorbent Sparkle paper towel and buff for a great shine.
Now that you're stocked up, make a plan. Cobb suggests cleaning from top to bottom, since
dirt and dust from light fixtures, for example, will end up on the sink or the floor. Be
sure to finish one task completely before moving on to the next. Play your favorite CD or
radio station to help you set the pace.
Cobb says that incorporating some household chores into a daily routine can help "weekend
warrior" cleaners, who feel like cleaning robs them of their leisure time. Do one room, or
even a section of a room each day and when the weekend rolls around, you won't feel
overwhelmed," says Cobb.
And remember, you don't need a lot of expensive products in fancy bottles to make your home
For more information on Linda Cobb and her books, visit www.queenofclean.com. To find out
about her new show on the DIY Network, visit www.DIYnetwork.com. For more information on
Sparkle paper towels, visit www.sparkletowels.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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