Most drapes don’t actually insulate the windows that they are covering. Here is how to turn your drapes into genuine movable window insulation.
Let’s discover how to turn your ordinary drapes or blinds into insulating window treatments.
There is more than one way to insulate your windows. If you are working on a budget, there are some simple ways to stop loosing heating and cooling through your windows. On the other hand, if you can afford it, brand new window insulating technology has moved to a whole new level.
Increasing the energy efficiency of your home is very likely going to involve adding insulation. Here are tips on how to decide how to do it and when.
Weather-stripping doors can stop a great deal of the energy losses in a house. Here are some tips on how to weatherstrip a door correctly.
A tremendous amount of heat might just be drifting away from your house. Heating loss, or cooling loss due to the escape of conditioned air through cracks and openings in the shell of a building can be quite considerable. Here are some tips and guidelines for finding and eliminating these losses.
Enormous heat loss can take place via leaks around windows. One of the first steps to making your house ready to use passive heating or cooling is to make sure that your windows are properly weather sealed.
Passive Heating and Cooling Technology uses the natural movement of energies in and around a building to heat and cool the building. The first step to using passive heating or cooling in a building is neither in heating nor in cooling. It is in conserving.
The first step in putting your passive solar system in place is in beefing up the energy conservation that is taking place in your home. You can more than half your present heating bill simply by taking conservation measures. Now the solar energy additions on top of this will really mean something.
Passive Solar Heating Systems fall into three categories: direct, indirect & isolated gain. Your climate, and building situation will decide which type of system you need to use
We use laundry detergents every week, if not every few days. Our clean laundry carries with it traces of the laundry detergent that we used. This includes impurities, brighteners, and fragrances. These are suspected toxins. What about the actual cleaning compounds. Are they safe?
A lot of so-called green laundry detergents contain toxic or questionable ingredients, you may be wondering how you will ever find a laundry detergent that is really safe. Here a few tips:
Sodium lauryl sulfate is sometimes referred to as the coconut surfactant because it can be manufactured from coconut oil. How safe is it? How natural is it? And, how does it affect our bodies?
The case of just one surfactant, the nonionic surfactant nonylphenol: how the governing bodies in United States and in the European Union have chosen to address its potential impact upon human health and the environment.
Cationic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants are all synthetics chemicals and carry with them the risk of piggybacking trace impurities. Long term risks of exposure to synthetic compounds is not really understood either. How and why are these chemicals used in detergent.
Since laundry detergents are such common household chemicals we rarely spend much time considering exactly what laundry detergents really are and how they may affect the health of our families and the environment in which we live. In this article series we will look at this whole question.
Green Laundry Detergents: How do Detergents Work – a look at surfactant chemistry
To understand what Green Laundry detergents are really all about you must first understand the chemical nature and the chemical structure of surfactants in general. This article will delve into the world of surfactants that we use in our laundry washing machines.
Water hardness or mineral ion content of water has played a big role in bringing you the detergents of today. There is more than one way that detergents can tackle the problem of water hardness. But, first one must understand just what the problem is and how it plays out in the wash.