People are becoming increasingly concerned about their impact on the environment. One of the results of this is that homeowners are thinking about ways they can make their homes more energy efficient and by extension more environment-friendly. Even those who may not be as concerned about the environment have an interest in green living because it means tax credits and decreased energy bills. Here are a few tips for homeowners who want to make their home greener.
All the little things add up
Going green doesn’t always mean you have to spend a lot of money. In fact, some things only require a change in habits. For instance, get in the habit of turning the lights off whenever you leave a room. Don’t leave the water running any longer than it needs to. Lower the temperature on your water heater. Let the outside temperature regulate the indoor temperature by opening windows rather than running AC/heat when the weather is nice outside. These are always good things to do even if you are also taking more drastic measures to go green like investing in solar roofing panels.
Do your own research
A negative side effect of the green living craze is that a lot of companies try to take advantage by making claims about their products that aren’t necessarily true. There’s a difference between feel-good green living solutions that people assume are helping the environment and the products or technologies that actually make a difference. Invest your money on the latter. In order to do that, you may need to do a fair bit of research to know which things are actually helping the environment and which things just make people feel good without making any actual difference.
A lot of wasted water is the result of homeowners choosing plant life for their landscaping that isn’t native to the area. Native plant life is always preferable since they naturally thrive in that climate and don’t need extra watering or special care. You can consult a local nursery to find out what plants and trees are native to the area and get recommendations.
Green upgrades pay for themselves
Check with your local utilities providers as well as the US Department of Energy to find out which green upgrades will earn you tax credits, rebates, or other perks. Even upgrades that don’t directly reimburse you in the form of tax credits and rebates can still pay for themselves over time in the form of energy savings. For instance, the strategic planting of good shade trees will cut cooling costs in the summer. Swapping out lightbulbs for energy efficient ones will cut your electricity bill. Other ideas include solar panels for the roof, new insulation for the attic, and energy efficient windows.
Keeping warm in the winter
If you live in a colder climate, then you already know that keeping your home warm in the winter is expensive. Baseboard heaters are a great way to cut heating costs. Though they typically run on electricity which is a more expensive way to heat the home, they allow you to heat only the rooms you’re using without the need to heat the entire home. They’re also more effective at keeping rooms warm since they’re usually positioned just below the windows and they counteract the downward draft of cold air coming in. Baseboard radiator covers can also make your baseboard heating system look more attractive.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.