greening the homestead

January 14, 2011

The house project was a birthday/christmas present to my father. Here is the list of plans so far:

Energy Efficiency

  • Put together guides to using appliances in the most energy-efficient way. Post guides on/near freezers, washer/dryer, fridges, computers, dishwasher, thermostat, fans, etc.
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Replace air conditioner air filter and clear outdoor condenser area. Install shade unit to cover outdoor condenser. Clear and clean a/c drain line
  • Clear lint out of refrigerator/freezer fan area, clean freezer and refrigerator seal gaskets
  • Clean/replace heater air filter, remove dust and lint from furnace, inspect flues, check ductwork for air leaks
  • Investigate cost of replacing non-double-paned windows
  • Replace any remaining incandescent bulbs with fluorescent or LED
  • Insulate the first six feet of hot/cold water pipes connected to water heater, add water heater blanket to water heater, drain water from hot water tank
  • Inspect floors, walls, and ceilings for air leaks, add foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates, seal caps and cracks around basement rim joists

Water Efficiency

  • Install faucet aerators
  • Install low-flow showerheads
  • Install controllable-flush toilet handles 

Waste Handling

  • Find a way to recycling batteries in the greater Lansing, MI area
  • Rejuvenate compost pile and organize it for better access

Now, this is the first hands-on project I’ve tackled since high school. I’m very much a novice, so I’m hoping this blog will help others avoid my inevitable mistakes.


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