Dog Days of Summer
Posted on 07-06-2015
So, you have caulked the cracks, applied weather stripping to windows and doors, replaced that old air conditioning with a new Energy Star unit, and installed a doggie door to keep the opening and closing of the back door to a minimum. You are all set for the dog days of summer, right? Well, that depends - is that dog door an energy efficient door, or do you find a plastic flap blowing in the wind as hot air comes in and cool air goes out?
Many people fail to think about the dog door when making energy efficient changes to their homes, and it does make a difference in your energy bill. The government does have a criteria list for making a dog door energy efficient that varies between the type of material your door is made of. For instance, a wooden door needs magnetic stripping and other core materials for the tightest fit, and a glass door needs two panes of specialty glass along with other specifications.
Check with energy efficient sites for dog door specifications on energy efficiency. But, here are basic things to look for when sniffing out the right door for Fido.
- Functions great in high and low temperatures
- Can withstand high winds
- Securely seals that are weatherproof
- Safe for pets
It's nice to give your pets the freedom to go outside at their choosing. And, with the number of energy efficient dog doors on the market today, there is no reason not to give your pet that option of coming in out of the heat when he's ready while keeping the heat outside of your home where it belongs in the summer months.
Did You Know?
Today the United States is the second largest producer of hydropower - Canada being the largest. There are 75,185 dams in the U.S. but less than 3 percent are used for hydroelectric generation. Between 8 and 12 percent of U.S. electrical generation is produced by hydropower and only about one-fifth of the electricity produced around the world.