Happy Fall – Now get to work: Insulating Garage Doors

Foam Inserts for Garage Door


Well, it is officially Fall!  As we enjoy the reduced temperatures and the special holidays and traditions of this time of year; we know Old Man winter is on the way.  This is a time to prepare our homes to save on heating bills by focusing on stopping air leaks or adding insulation.

Insulating Garage Doors

A garage door is the largest uninsulated area of your home.  If you have living space over your home, then the garage could be responsible for heating that room in the Summer (Southern Exposed Garages) or cooling it in the Winter (Northern Exposed Garages).

There are a few solutions:

1)  $$$ Buy a new, insulated garage door.  JouleFool saw an advertisement for a new R-9 door installed for $837.


2)  $ Use polystyrene foam door kits


3) $ Use Radiant Barrier


Foam and Radiant Barrier Kits provide effective solutions that offer DYI installation at about 1/8th the cost of a new garage door.

So, enjoy the football, the cool weather and get out there and start SEALING and INSULATING!

Happy Savings,


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What is the SMART GRID?

The benefits associated with the Smart Grid include:

  • More efficient transmission of electricity
  • Quicker restoration of electricity after power disturbances
  • Reduced operations and management costs for utilities, and ultimately lower power costs for consumers
  • Reduced peak demand, which will also help lower electricity rates
  • Increased integration of large-scale renewable energy systems
  • Better integration of customer-owner power generation systems, including renewable energy systems
  • Improved security

The Smart Grid is not just about utilities and technologies; it is about giving you the information and tools you need to make choices about your energy use. If you already manage activities such as personal banking from your home computer, imagine managing your electricity in a similar way. A smarter grid will enable an unprecedented level of consumer participation.

For example, you will no longer have to wait for your monthly statement to know how much electricity you use. With a smarter grid, you can have a clear and timely picture of it. “Smart meters,” and other mechanisms, will allow you to see how much electricity you use, when you use it, and its cost. Combined with real-time pricing, this will allow you to save money by using less power when electricity is most expensive.

While the potential benefits of the Smart Grid are usually discussed in terms of economics, national security, and renewable energy goals, the Smart Grid has the potential to help you save money by helping you to manage your electricity use and choose the best times to purchase electricity. And you can save even more by generating your own power.

Watch the Smart Grid Video or visit http://www.smartgrid.gov/ to learn more!

Happy Savings,


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Closed Cell Spray Foam – Insulation That Works

There are many reasons why Closed Cell Spray Foam (ccSPF)makes particularly good sense in a coastal home:

• It has a high R-value of 6.5 to 7 per inch.
• It absorbs a negligible amount of water. It can even be used as an effective secondary rain barrier and is the only FEMA-approved insulation for flood-resistant construction.
• It does a good job of controlling diffusion.
• It has good air barrier qualities to reduce airflow into and out of wall cavities.
• It expands to fill voids in hard-to-
insulate areas.
• It provides some structural integrity to the frame

JouleFool has friends and family that have been recently impacted by Hurricane Issac.  Closed Cell Foam is a great candidate for those that have had to “Gut” their houses due to flooding.  It is the ultimate air barrier and is FEMA approved in flood plains due to it being water resistant.  Spray Foam also has space heritage as a special formulation was used on the Space Shuttle External Fuel Tank to keep the cryogenic fuel at temperatures cold as

-423F with only a couple inches!

To learn more, read this article of why spray foam goes above and beyond being an insulation:  http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/insulation/insulation-that-works_1.aspx

Happy Savings,


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-Check out @CEVBs that would create clea

-Check out @CEVBs that would create clean energy bonds to help fund renewable energy projects http://ow.ly/dt9wJ

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Learn about CFL Bulbs

How CFL bulbs work

How do CFLs work?

CFLs produce light differently than incandescent bulbs. In an incandescent, electric current runs through a wire filament and heats the filament until it starts to glow. In a CFL, an electric current is driven through a tube containing argon and a small amount of mercury vapor. This generates invisible ultraviolet light that excites a fluorescent coating (called phosphor) on the inside of the tube, which then emits visible light.

Learn more about CFLs and Purchasing Tips here:


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CFL/LED Bulb’s Color Temperature sets the “Mood”

Bulb Color Temperature

ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs are available in a wide variety of shades of white light, ranging from yellowish to white to bluish white light, which allows you to customize the mood of your space. Many ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs come in “warm” colors to match the yellowish light of incandescent bulbs, but you can also choose “cooler” colors with whiter or bluer light.

See Energy Star’s link on Color and Mood:


Be careful in checking the color temperature of efficient bulbs you are purchasing.  JouleFool recently ran across an LED bulb that claimed to be in the warm, soft light (~2700K) spectrum but had a bluish tinge to it once installed.

Happy Savings,


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Finding the Right Caulk for the Job

Finding the Right Caulk for the Job http://ow.ly/diZXm

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