Recessed Lights – Air Sealing

Many older homes that have recessive lighting may not have insulation contact (IC) lights.   As a contractor or homeowner this is one thing that you can check to make sure air leakage is kept to a minimum.  If the recess light is not IC it is recommend you replace the light fixture with one that is IC rated.  Upon replacement you can then place insulation in direct contact with the fixture, helping to minimize the transfer of air.

Recessed Lights

 


U.S. Drought Monitor

Our last post touched on ‘how to beat the summer drought” and here is a good visual example of why water conservation is so important.  The US Drought Monitor maps are released every Thursday to give a visual representation of the current drought conditions in the United States.  You can access loads of information that include pdfs, animated maps and tools focused on drought.  This information can help you sell water conservation upgrades to your customers while on the job.

 

Drought Monitor

 

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Beating the Summer Drought

Knee WallDuring the hot summer months many of us will experience droughts throughout the country. You can help reduce the use of water for your customers by installing low-flow shower-heads in their shower or bathtub. Be sure to select a shower-head that has a flow rate of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute at 80 psi for optimal water savings. Your customers will see a water savings between 25% -50% by using an energy efficient shower-head.

You can also advise your customers to use faucet aerators throughout their home. Aerators are the screw on tip of the faucet that can be replaced to restrict the amount of water flow. Ideally, you’ll want to install an aerator that has a flow rate of 1.0 gpm for maximum water efficiency. However, anything lower than 1.75 gpm would be more efficient then what is typically used in new faucets directly off the shelf.

If your customers are using a well for water supply, these adjustments will have a significant impact on their water usage allowing them to save for future droughts. Customers that are accessing their local water utilities will see a decrease in their water usage bill and effectively be putting money back into their pocket. Don’t forget, the little things like a low flow shower-head and aerators can go a long way for your customers.