Carries energy conservation items that are hard-to-find in traditional retail outlets.
It's no secret that I am a BIG fan of EFI.org. EFI is a not-for-profit organization started in 1982 by to help member groups purchase quality conservation products economically and assist the public in using energy resources efficiently.
Some of the products that seem most relevant are:
- Caulk for use on the exterior of the house to seal up cracks around windows, vents, fans and doors.
- Door sweeps for exterior doors and weatherstripping for same.
- Outlet and switch gaskets, especially for those on exterior walls.
- Pulley seals (but a piece of flexible foam set into the pulley opening can work well too!)
- Reusable interior storms!
- Humidifier (the dry air in our house makes it more difficult to "feel" warm...humidifiers can help with that.)
- Energy saving, long-lasting lightbulbs
- Insulating wrap for the hot water heater.
Investments in these things now can save you money on energy bills for a LOT longer than just one season. I think I'm going to keep score by comparing our monthly usage in energy units from our utility bills to the usage from last year. That will challenge us!
I just need to find a supplier of insulating wrap for the steam pipes in the basement and I'll be all set. They are larger than hot water pipes, and the foam wrap insulation that is already cut doesn't fit around them. Darn. I really don't want to heat the basement this winter.