I really enjoy tools and devices that help us to save the earth and go green. I scour the home improvement centers, the hardware stores and the internet looking for the latest green products I can find.
Recently I was searching for green home improvement ideas on the internet when I found a device that detects thermal leaks. A thermal leak is anywhere on your home that leaks cool air in the summer and hot air in the winter. Usually these areas are around doors and windows, but they can be found just about anywhere in your home.
Before the Black and Decker Thermal Leak Detector was available you had to ask for an energy audit from your local electric company. They would come out and point their thermal protectors at your house and rate how your homes energy efficiency was compared to the local average. Then they would give you some advice on saving money such as adding more insulation, buying newer windows or adding energy saving appliances.
Not a great way to find out exactly where your homes energy loss is at its greatest. For about $50 you can buy your own thermal leak detector online at blackandecker.com. It cost twice that much to have the electric company to do an energy audit. I think I give the electric company enough money anyways.
Once I ordered the Black and Decker Thermal Leak Detector from the web site it took a few days to arrive. Finally when the package came in the mail, I was ready to do my own energy audit.
After I unwrapped the package and got the Black and Decker Thermal Leak Detector up and running I was ready for my first test. I first had to shine the Black and Decker Thermal Leak Detector on a wall in the house to provide a control reference temperature. Once the control is set you simply aim the thermal leak detector at various spots in your home such as windows, doors, electrical outlets or anywhere where there may be a thermal leak. A light shining on the wall changes blue or red according the temperature difference (up to 10 degrees). Red equals hot and cold is blue.
I found that the Black and Decker Thermal Leak Detector was well worth the money for the money it has saved in electrical bills. I found several thermal leaks right away around the outlet boxes and cable outlets on my walls. I used a little foam insulation around the hotspots and found that is really worked! I was impressed. Pretty soon I found at least 50 spots in my home I would have never thought would be a thermal leak. Now I’m waiting for my first electric bill to come in. According to energy star I could save up to 20% on my electric bill by plugging these small thermal leaks. That accounts for hundreds of dollars in savings for me!