Monthly Archives: February 2016

How to Save on Heating Costs

While the ever popular “turn down the heat” is what we are told when asking how to save on heating costs, but there are more ways.

Checking for drafts and cold air seeping into your home is a great way to cut costs. Take a candle or even a wooden match, and very carefully hold it close to windows, outlets and door frames. If the flame wavers, you have cold air coming into the home. Older, single pane windows are notorious for letting in the cold, and letting out the heat. Replacing old, inefficient windows and sashes can end up saving you more than the initial expense over time, as well as add value to your home.

Caulk and weather stripping around windows and doors is yet another option for how to save on heating costs, as long as it is done properly. Keeping the cold out and the heat in is the primary goal, and every little thing you can do will add up to lower heating bills in the winter, and lower cooling bills in the summer.

Draft stoppers under doors leading to the outside help cut down on the cold air getting into your home, but the old fashioned ones that lay up against the inside of the door have been replaced by the new ones that are slide under and cover both sides. This eliminates having to replace the draft stopper every time you use the door.

Insulation is not limited to the attic and walls anymore. There are outlet and switch-plate cover insulators, and plastic for over the windows to consider as well. A full energy audit, either done by you or a professional, will reveal the biggest energy wasters and help you to find out how to save on heating costs. Infrared photography is sometimes used to show where the greatest heat loss is in the home, and give you a better idea of how to eliminate these energy siphons and save money.

Aluminum Industry news

Alcoa, Inc recently announced plans to separate its metal-mining business from upstream manufacturing and is stepping up efforts to close higher-cost smelting and refining capacity as a global glut batters the price of the metal. After spending $3.5 billion in the past two years buying companies to bolster its manufacturing capabilities, it’s seeing increasing profitability from segments that produce aluminum mill products for construction, aerospace and automotive customers.

Over the next 20 years, Boeing, Inc. is forecasting a need for 38,050 airplanes valued at more than $5.6 trillion dollars. This will keep Alcoa and the rest of the primary aluminum rolling mills busy pumping out 7075 T651, 7050 T7451, 2024 T351 and 2124 T851 aluminum plate to keep up this this demand.

Future Alloys stocks high strength 7000 series aluminum plate which is widely used beyond the aircraft/aerospace market. Some examples are high performance bicycle and motorcycle parts, sporting goods, motion picture equipment,  firearms and even the latest generation iphone.

Aluminum 2024, 6061 and 7075 Plate and bar is used in a wide variety of applications due to a high strength to weight ratio compared with other metals.

Aluminum is corrosion resistant and and virtually maintenance free. It has good heat conductivity, and conducts electricity comparable to copper products. Aluminum is non-toxic and can be used in food preparation equipment. Aluminum’s reflective nature is suitable for light fixtures, and is non-combustible and so does not burn. Aluminum is also highly recyclable, making it a “green” choice for industrial designers.