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How to weatherize your home to save energy
 
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The best way to start saving energy is to search for air leaks within your home. Start by inspecting windows and doors and any place with cracks in the structure of the house. Use caulk to repair small cracks or spray foam insulation for larger cracks and holes. If a window pane is loose, you can fill in the seal with window glaze to tighten the pane. Weather stripping is a simple and inexpensive way to improve the seal on your windows and doors from inside your home. Rope caulk, a clay-like sealing product, and clear plastic film can also be installed around windows during the winter and removed in the spring. If your home has ductwork, you can use mastic sealant or metal tape to seal any possible leaks. Get more energy-efficiency tips at powerhousetv.com. Learn more about our TV show and show times at www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/
Views: 92661 AEPowerHouseTV
Window Warmer insulated shades - 10/04/08
 
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Insulate drafty windows with this shade/vapor barrier/insulation all-in-one
Views: 15013 AEPowerHouseTV
Improving home comfort with humidifiers and air purifiers
 
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Humidity control and air quality have a big impact on your home’s comfort. Our expert, Sean McCarthy from Aprilaire, explains that in the winter your heating system can create dry air in your home, causing dry noses, throats, and respiratory issues. A whole-house humidifier can be installed on your heating system to add moisture to the heated air as it passes through the home. A whole-house humidifier requires much less maintenance than a standalone unit which must be refilled regularly. Another option to increase home comfort is a whole-house, high-efficiency electronic air cleaner which can replace the standard fiberglass filter and improve your home’s air quality. Get more energy-efficiency tips at powerhousetv.com. Learn more about our TV show and show times at www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/
Views: 22627 AEPowerHouseTV
Sealing Ductwork in Your Mobile Home
 
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Sealing the ductwork is an important part of increasing the energy efficiency of your mobile home. You will want to begin by looking under your home for leaks in the joints of the ductwork. Duct leaks are a major issue because they can allow warm air to escape during the winter. In this video, you will learn about a test to gauge your ductwork’s tightness and to locate leaks. This test will allow you to spot-fix, only fixing the areas that have leaks, so you don’t need to pull insulation out of the whole house. Check this video out to see how it’s done. If you would like more information about energy efficiency, visit our website at powerhousetv.com, or find out when you can watch a full episode on your local Iowa or Wisconsin TV station at http://www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 99455 AEPowerHouseTV
How to restore and repair double-hung windows
 
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Most older homes still have the original double-hung windows that were created in the 1400’s as an air conditioning system. Our historic preservation expert Bob Yapp explains how these can be restored instead of replaced using a metal track system to create a proper seal and increase energy efficiency. For even better efficiency, glass panel options with screens and weather stripping are also available. Window painted shut? See how a simple tool called window zipper allows you to open or replace the windows. Get more energy-efficiency tips at our website: powerhousetv.com. Learn more about our TV show and show times at www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 41305 AEPowerHouseTV
Home Energy Rating System (HERS)
 
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Home Energy Rating System (or HERS) is a way to measure and verify the efficiency of a home. Learn how an energy rating of a home is created and tested when we talk to a HERS rater.
Views: 3748 AEPowerHouseTV
How to seal air leaks in your home
 
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Air leaks around outlets and light switches can be sealed by installing foam pads behind the outlet plates. Caulk can also be used to seal around the edges of the outlet and child safety covers can plug the holes. Air leaks around windows can be sealed with a clear latex caulk which is easy to clean up for inside projects. A door seal sweep can be placed along the bottom of a door to stop drafts from entering your home. Insulating window film can be placed on windows to cut down on the sun’s glare and deflect heat during the summer. The film is not permanent and can be removed seasonally. Get more energy-efficiency tips at our website: http://www.powerhousetv.com/
Views: 6605 AEPowerHouseTV
Stop air leaks with simple caulk and weatherstripping - 11/29/08
 
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Sealing air leaks is an easy and inexpensive way to keep conditioned air in and non-conditioned air, pollutants and noise out.
Views: 20426 AEPowerHouseTV
How to Choose Windows for Energy Efficiency
 
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Windows can be a big source of energy loss, whether they cause a draft in the winter, or cool air loss in the summer. Window replacement might save money over time. Look for the Energy Star label when you are choosing new windows for your home. The Energy Star label will ensure the window meets energy efficiency standards, just as it does for other appliances in the home. There are many types of windows to choose from, and you will want to keep in mind where the window will be used. For a window above the kitchen sink, you may choose a casement or sliding window for ease of opening and closing, rather than a double hung window which would be taller. For more information about choosing new windows, visit powerhousetv.com. We’re on TV, too! Find show times at http://www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 11669 AEPowerHouseTV
Mobile home energy audit - 03/19/11
 
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Mobile homes can be a challenge to make energy efficiency improvement. Find out what to look for.
Views: 4172 AEPowerHouseTV
Phantom Power - Save On Energy Bills by Unplugging Devices
 
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Phones, tablets, gaming systems and video streaming technologyall use energy even when you’re not actively using them, kind of like a dripping sink. Each device that gets plugged in uses a little power when not in useThose pennies spent on phantom energy can add up to 5-10% of your energy bill. You can buy a kilowatt meter to read out the yearly cost of a device that is not being used. The numbers are small per device— 25 cents to $10 per year, per device—but they add up. If you leave televisions or radios on constantly, they will really drain your cash. What can you do? You can change your devices’ energy settings, or even just turn them off when not in use for big savings in a year. If you would like more information about saving energy, visit our website at powerhousetv.com, or watch our TV show. Find showtimes for your local Iowa or Wisconsin TV station at http://www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 1859 AEPowerHouseTV
Options for heating your home
 
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Find out what options are available to heat your home today. Learn about what they cost and how to get the most energy efficient model for your money.
Views: 20978 AEPowerHouseTV
What's a Trombe wall? - 12/25/10
 
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A Trombe wall is a passive solar component which absorbs solar energy and releases it selectively towards the interior at night.
Views: 19767 AEPowerHouseTV
How to seal your HVAC ductwork
 
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Leaky ductwork is one of the most common home problems. Leaky ducts allow air from your heating and cooling system to escape before reaching your rooms. These leaks not only waste energy, but can also create air quality issues. Properly sealing your ductwork can increase your home’s energy efficiency, lower your energy bills and increase your air quality. You can seal your ductwork yourself using metal and foil-reinforced tape or mastic, which is a fiber-reinforced paste. Alternatively, a professional can use aerosol sealants to seal the ductwork internally. Tip: remember to leave your furnace filter slot or the combustion air inlets in your HVAC system open and unsealed. Get more energy-efficiency tips at our website: powerhousetv.com. Learn more about our TV show and show times at www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 63527 AEPowerHouseTV
Refrigerator appliance assembly
 
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Learn how refrigerators are made as we join Norb Schmidt, Director of Materials Management, for a behind-the-scenes tour of Whirlpool Corporation’s Refrigeration Facility in Amana, Iowa. This facility creates a number of kitchen appliances including microwaves, dishwashers and chest freezers. Foam insulation and door gaskets are installed and tested in every unit to improve energy efficiency. Both employees and automation play big roles throughout the factory. Get more energy-efficiency tips at powerhousetv.com. Learn more about our TV show and show times at www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/
Views: 86353 AEPowerHouseTV
Mini-split heat pump
 
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The latest technology rocking the heating and cooling world is the ductless mini-split system. Find out if this system can solve your heating or cooling needs.
Views: 17105 AEPowerHouseTV
Heating and Cooling Older Homes
 
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Is it time for a new heating or cooling system in your old house? Don't be scared of the old system that is in place. Make sure you get it inspected by a professional and find out options to maintain the integrity of your older home.
Views: 3604 AEPowerHouseTV
Tubular skylights - 12/25/10
 
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Bringing natural light into dark spaces can be easier than you think with Solatube tubular skylights
Views: 33355 AEPowerHouseTV
Ductless Mini-Split System
 
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Are you planning an addition to your home, currently using radiant heating or having a hard time getting ductwork to the room you want heated and cooled? A ductless mini-split system could be the perfect system for you. A ductless mini-split unit is similar to a window air conditioner or heater, but the noisy part of the system is located outside. These heating and cooling systems are cost-effective and easy to maintain. These units are great for retrofitting and remodeling projects in new and older homes. Ductless mini-splits are extremely energy efficient and are much less costly to install than traditional systems. A ductless mini-split may qualify for a rebate and make the cost of installation even smaller. If you would like more information about energy efficiency, visit our website at powerhousetv.com, or find out when you can watch a full episode on your local Iowa or Wisconsin TV station at http://www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 148741 AEPowerHouseTV
Proper Tree Placement
 
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Just one tree can reduce your cooling costs by up to 25%. The key is planting trees in the right location. Plant shade trees to the east and west of your home and wind breaks to the north and west of your home.
Views: 1746 AEPowerHouseTV
How a high velocity air conditioner works
 
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A high-velocity air conditioner is an alternative air conditioning system that delivers cooled air more efficiently and removes humidity more quickly. This system is a great fit for smaller spaces because it doesn’t require large ductwork. Instead, it uses two-inch-wide tubes to distribute the air. Bret Wagner with LADCO Heating and Cooling explains that this air conditioning system can be an easy installation in a new home or as a retrofit to an older home. Get more energy-efficiency tips at our website: powerhousetv.com. Learn more about our TV show and show times at www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 55312 AEPowerHouseTV
Turning a barn into an energy-smart house - 10/11/08
 
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Take a glimpse into the process of turning a century old barn into an energy-efficient home today.
Views: 23564 AEPowerHouseTV
Cork flooring - 10/28/06
 
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Beautiful, sustainable and with great thermal and acoustical insulating properties. See if cork flooring is right for your next project.
Views: 5430 AEPowerHouseTV
Things to Know Before Buying an Electric Car
 
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Any home can support an electric car, and more and more people are opting for the quiet, energy conserving option. We can help you learn how to make your home electric vehicle (EV) ready. If you are considering the purchase of an electric car, contact a licensed electrician to help you set up a home charging system for your car. There are two different levels of chargers, level 1 and level 2 chargers. The level 2 charger is more expensive, but is also more efficient and will charge your car faster. If your home still has a fuse box rather than breakers, you may need a service panel upgrade for your entire home. If you would like more information about home automation and electric vehicle, visit our website at http://www.powerhousetv.com, or find out when you can watch a full episode on your local Iowa or Wisconsin TV station at http://www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 119780 AEPowerHouseTV
Advanced framing techniques
 
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In some ways building a new house hasn't changed much over the last 100 years. Some builders are changing the way a home is constructed to make sure the house performs efficiently. Learn about those changes from a builder who is using some of these techniques.
Views: 9921 AEPowerHouseTV
How to Save Energy and Money with your Gaming System
 
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If you have kids, you probably have at least one video game system in your home, and they can be a big energy suck. There are energy settings on gaming consoles that can save money on your energy bill. Xbox 360 – Instant on uses more energy, so turn it off and use nearly 98% less power while not in use. Xbox Connect – Unplug it when it is not in use. Playstation 4 – The latest software update will allow the machine to go into a low power mode after 1 hour of inactivity. And in Power Save Settings – set the time before power goes off. Set time limits for the machine to stop using power when not in use. Wii U – These are already set up for energy efficiency. Streaming - Stream through a computer or tablet, as streaming through a game console takes up to 10 times more power. If you would like more information about energy conserving, money-saving ideas, visit our website at http://powerhousetv.com, or find out when you can watch a full episode on your local Iowa or Wisconsin TV station at http://www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 4552 AEPowerHouseTV
Install a water heater wrap - 10/02/10
 
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Improve the efficiency of your older water heater with an insulating wrap or blanket
Views: 15042 AEPowerHouseTV
Spray foam Insulation
 
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You may have heard of spray foam insulation. Learn about the benefits, the costs and other alternative ways to use this type of insulation.
Views: 6265 AEPowerHouseTV
Choosing a refrigerator  - 03/26/11
 
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When it's time to replace your refrigerator, do you know where to start. Learn which features will help you save energy.
Views: 2883 AEPowerHouseTV
Choosing a new furnace - 11/08/06
 
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Shop and compare when choosing a new furnace. Look for the yellow Energy Guide label to see how one unit stacks up against another.
Views: 1495 AEPowerHouseTV
Using ceiling fans  - 03/12/11
 
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A ceiling fan is a great way to cool you off in the summer and circulate warmed from the ceiling in the winter.
Views: 755 AEPowerHouseTV
Jeans in your walls? - 12/15/07
 
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Cotton insulation made from recycled denim is good for the environment and helps save you energy.
Views: 7697 AEPowerHouseTV
Making Old Windows More Efficient
 
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Learn ways to make old windows more energy efficiency without replacing them with new windows.
Views: 13878 AEPowerHouseTV
How to install a dryer vent cover
 
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Most dryer vents let outside air into your home, which can increase your energy use. An energy-efficient dryer vent cover can fit over the dryer vent hose to close the opening when the dryer is not in use. This will help to decrease the amount of air leakage and increase the efficiency of your dryer. Get more energy-efficiency tips at powerhousetv.com. Learn more about our TV show and show times at www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/ .
Views: 132179 AEPowerHouseTV
Aging in place - 10/01/05
 
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Using universal design principals, your home can adapt to your changing lifestyle needs.
Views: 2264 AEPowerHouseTV
Choosing a water heater - 11/22/08
 
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There are lots of options when it comes to replacing a water heater. Find out what is available and how to pick the most efficient model for you.
Views: 47758 AEPowerHouseTV
Updating electrical wiring - 01/15/11
 
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Yesterday's wiring seldom meets today's electrical needs.
Views: 2649 AEPowerHouseTV
Solar energy explained and applied - 10/09/10
 
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Learn how solar photovoltaic energy works
Views: 2437 AEPowerHouseTV
Whole house dehumidifiers - 12/24/05
 
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Humidity isn't just a challenge in the basement. Learn how to control humidity throughout your home
Views: 37052 AEPowerHouseTV
Insulate with recycled newspaper  - 03/05/11
 
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Cellulose insulation is an insulation option for your home. It is blown in to provide insulation, a sound barrier and seals the wall cavity.
Views: 2109 AEPowerHouseTV
Which water heater is best?
 
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When trying to save energy, most homeowners focus their efforts on decreasing their air conditioner or heater use. Most don’t realize that the water heater is typically the second biggest energy expense within a home. The average water heater can cost as much as $600 per year to run. However, new energy-efficient technology can cut that number in half. When is it time to replace your water heater? • Hot water starts taking longer to get to the faucet. • Tanks start leaking and cause water damage to flooring. • Keep in mind that older water heaters – even if they’re working fine – are not as energy efficient as newer models and they cost more to run. Types of water heaters and cost savings • Conventional tank water heaters use either electricity or gas. They heat and store a set amount of water in the tank. o Newer tank water heaters often use a thicker insulation – saving up to $30 per year. • Tankless water heaters do not store water, and they only heat water as it is being used. o This saves an average of $175 per year for a family of four. o An important consideration is that tankless water heaters require larger gas lines because they need more gas in short streaks. Your existing water lines may or may not be designed for this. • Condensing-styled water heaters can save about $170 per year for a family of four. • Heat pump water heaters save about $150 per year for a family of four. Newer, more energy-efficient water heaters will cost more money upfront, but your savings will add up over time. And, there are often rebates to get some of the initial investment back. To help conserve water-heating energy, you can also insulate your water pipes, and set your water heater to 125 degrees. (Never set the temperature lower than 120 degrees. A temperature below 120 degrees can allow bacteria to grow. ) If you would like more information about energy efficiency, visit our website at powerhousetv.com, or find out when you can watch a full episode on your local Iowa or Wisconsin TV station at http://www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/
Views: 116384 AEPowerHouseTV
How to buy a light bulb - 05/05/12
 
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Find out what to look for when shopping for a new light bulbs. It's more than just looking for a bulb with the same wattage - there are lots of options available.
Views: 968 AEPowerHouseTV
Fireplace Options
 
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Warm and cozy are what you might think of when describing a fireplace. Some fireplaces can be a big source of air leaks in your home. Find out what options are available to keep you warm air in your house without letting it go up the chimney.
Views: 15191 AEPowerHouseTV
Gas fireplace insert technology
 
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Wood burning fireplaces provide great ambiance. But, the chimney can cause your home to lose heated air and waste energy. A gas fireplace insert gives you the look and feel of a fireplace, with better energy efficiency. Some fireplace inserts can even be controlled by remote control to maintain a constant, comfortable temperature. Our expert, PJ Kalb with Colony Heating & Air Conditioning, explains how a fireplace insert can be installed into an existing fireplace and chimney. You may need gas and electricity to power the gas fireplace insert. Get more energy-efficiency tips at our website: powerhousetv.com. Learn more about our TV show and show times at www.powerhousetv.com/GetShowInfo/StationsShowTimes/.
Views: 57515 AEPowerHouseTV
Waste water heat recovery system
 
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Learn how this new technology for water heaters can help save energy. It works with standard, solar, tankless, electric or gas water heaters.
Views: 5629 AEPowerHouseTV
Installing solar window film - 10/16/10
 
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Reduce glare, fading and heat gain with solar window film
Views: 680 AEPowerHouseTV
Insulated garage doors - 10/23/10
 
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Energy efficiency for your home, might include your garage if it's attached to your home. A garage door that is well-insulated and sealed can help you save energy.
Views: 8512 AEPowerHouseTV
Energy efficient DIY home projects
 
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Sealing air leaks around your home is a great DIY home project to increase energy efficiency. Check for air leaks on a windy day around exterior outlets, windows, and doors. Insulating gaskets can be used to weatherize outlets and light switches in your home. Door sweeps can be installed to stop the air flow underneath exterior doors. Window film can help reduce energy used to light your home and heat coming in through the windows. Caulk can be used to seal any remaining air leaks around outlets and windows. Get more energy-efficiency tips at our website: http://www.powerhousetv.com/
Views: 727 AEPowerHouseTV
Radiant floor heating
 
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Heating from the floor is comfortable and very energy efficient. See how it's installed and how it works.
Views: 1976 AEPowerHouseTV
Cement tile roofing - 12/26/04
 
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Learn the benefits and advantages of this roofing material becoming more popular for Midwest applications
Views: 811 AEPowerHouseTV

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