Smart Energy Ideas Are Everywhere

Welcome to Smart Energy Ideas, where we try to figure out how to save energy and help the environment. The main theme here is about how to help your home be more efficient. We spend a huge amount of time, effort and money on our house. Why not make that effort as efficient as possible. Things like radiant barriers, solar hot water, solar thermal, insulation, CFLs, LEDs, and simply sealing up the gaps in a house with caulk can make a difference. I will be talking about each of these, so click away on a few pages and learn what you can to make a difference in your home.
The Federal Government is offering tax credits on material used to make your home more energy efficient. There are a few caveats to this, so read the fine print. You may not be getting credit for everything you do. I install radiant barriers in the Dallas and DFW area. I do this mostly to pay for the home improvement projects I keep coming up with. Who knows, your house may be helping to fund a solar project that you were hoping to learn about? Send an email to Toff and I will follow up and give you some honest feedback about how radiant barriers work and how much they cost.

IR Thermometer is best toy EVER

I bought my Infra-Red Laser Thermometer a couple of years back and it has been one of the best investments I have made. The ability to get instant feedback on the temperature of something has made a huge difference in proving what you say. Last week, I was able to go up into someone’s attic [...] [...]

solar rechargeable keychain flashlight

I just got back from the Openca.mp conference at the Crown Plaza in Addison and the best schwag I picked up was from Layered Tech and Crossvale. Both of these booths managed to get their hands on a really cool Mini LED Solar Power Rechargeable Keychain. There are a lot of the LED keychain lights [...] [...]

Flywheel energy storage

Imagine storing energy as motion rather than a chemical reaction (like lithium ion or lead acid batteries). When something is in motion it has kinetic energy. You hear that usually as a reference term in a war game where someone talks about a really big gun and transferring the kinetic energy of the bullet into [...] [...]

Discount Foam Insulation

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Dixie PerfecTouch Insulated Hot or Cold Cups 100 Foam Free Coffee Haze 20

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2 Foam Insulated 34 oz Thermo Serv Travel Coffee Mugs

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2 Foam Insulated 34 oz Thermo Serv Travel Coffee Mugs

Price: $20.76

2 Foam Insulated 34 oz Thermo Serv Travel Coffee Mugs

Price: $20.76

2 Foam Insulated 34 oz Thermo Serv Travel Coffee Mugs

Price: $20.76

2 Foam Insulated 34 oz Thermo Serv Travel Coffee Mugs

Price: $20.76

2 Foam Insulated 34 oz Thermo Serv Travel Coffee Mugs

Price: $20.76

2 Foam Insulated 34 oz Thermo Serv Travel Coffee Mugs

Spray in foam is not a radiant barrier

Foam is insulation. It is not a radiant barrier. I just got asked about foam again. Foam is an insulator. It does not block radiant energy. I consider foam, whether Icynene or Polyurethane, to be a kind of hyper-insulation. it has an R value usually double or more of fiberglass or cellulose. It insulates better, [...] [...]

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