November 2010 Blog Posts (43)

Insulate Your !#@!$ Attic Hatch

My attic hatch insulation kit came in the mail this morning and I am very excited. Excited enough to go into a hot dusty attic to install it over the weekend.

I promised Michele that I will practice the Yoga of home improvement projects and keep the cursing down to a minimum. My home improvement projects usually involve some cursing. I worked part time as a janitor when I was in high school and that is where I…

Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 9, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Asset Rating with the Home Energy Scoring Tool

The White House announced this week a new initiative to boost home energy efficiency. This is the culmination of the Recovery Through Retrofit plan, funded through the…


Added by Evan Mills on November 9, 2010 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

The Government and Retrofitting and my view on the need for third party audits

I just got done reading an article by Martin La Monica at the CNET green blog

What was of particular interest to me was the pdf attached at the bottom.


Out of fifteen homes in the report below are some findings


Twelve homes failed final… Continue

Added by Glen Gallo on November 9, 2010 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

Ice Dams and How To Prevent Ice Damming

excessive ice dam

Ice dams in Massachusetts are an ongoing nuisance and are causing extensive damage to soffit cavities, fascia boards, roof sheathing, gutters, and to the most outer portion of living area walls. This ice build-up can absolutely be alleviated, but every house tends to have a different situation as to why this ice dam is there in the first place. First, I'd like to explain how this massive ice mound forms on the most outer edge of your…


Added by David Valley on November 9, 2010 at 7:49am — 6 Comments

Energy efficiency: Real estate’s next granite counter top?

By Elisa Wood

A lot of good economic reasons exist to pursue energy efficiency. Still the average person tends not to. This is no surprise. If I cannot see, touch, buy, sell, trade or save efficiency, if it’s invisible, how can I pay it any real attention?

Often on the vanguard, Boston-based Conservation Services Group is working on an…


Added by Elisa Wood on November 8, 2010 at 2:18pm — 4 Comments

Green Jobs - Do They Have to Have a Color?

In this economy does it really matter what color our jobs are? Seriously. There are dark agents afoot. Lurking. Obstructing the possible creation of new jobs based on "green" technology or "green" principals (i.e. "work in agricultural, manufacturing, research and development (R&D), administrative, and service activities that contribute(s) substantially to preserving or restoring environmental quality...") at all costs. There is a green… Continue

Added by Mark Richardson on November 8, 2010 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

It's Not All About The "R"

A few months ago I had lunch with a friend of mine who recently bought

an older historic home in southern Ohio. The subject of insulation and

heating costs came up and we engaged in a bit of a debate over what kind

of insulation to use. Now, I don’t believe either of us won, primarily

because I don’t think an ultimately right answer exists for the topic

we were debating. The topic you ask? “How big of a role does the

R-Value really play in insulation on an… Continue

Added by Nathan Christensen on November 8, 2010 at 1:20pm — 1 Comment

WxTV - Blower Door Basics: Part III

Another episode of WxTV is ready to view!

Blower Door Basics: Part III - The Breakdown

Well, we've produced another episode of WxTV.

Be sure to check out: Blower Door Basics: Part… Continue

Added by Ben Cichowski on November 8, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Infrared (Thermal) Imaging Detects Radiant Ice Melt Systems

radiant ice and snow melt pipe detection

Ice and snow melt systems are utilized in many applications throughout the state of Massachusetts. Business owners utilize snow and ice melt systems in outdoor malls, parking lots, car washes, walkways, and loading ramps to eliminate the expense of continuous snowplowing, to avoid skidding of vehicles and to prevent slip-and-fall accidents on their property.

As a…


Added by David Valley on November 7, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Developments in Nevada's "Audit on Demand" Legislation

Hello All:

Still learning the ropes here and after I sent this link out to the Marketing Group, discovered I could annoy all members simultaneously with a blog post :-).

Short version summary of subject line:

1) Responsible legislators enact Audit on Demand regulations.

2) Owners of gored oxen howl.

3) Program spins wheels.

Details below:…


Added by Steve Waclo on November 5, 2010 at 6:50pm — No Comments

New applications for an Energy Star 'Cool Roof' coating.

I work with two contractors; one is in Denison Texas and the other in Sacramento, CA. …


Added by Hal Skinner on November 5, 2010 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Infrared Imaging Uncovers Many Concealed Defects - See Images

My infrared camera detects shoddy installation of cellulose insulation in this concealed wall cavity above the door.…

wall insulation not complete



Added by David Valley on November 5, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Home Energy Pros - A Unique Social Network

Home Energy Pros social network short

Anyone who's been around me for a while knows that I love numbers. (If you need to know pi to 50 digits, just give me a call.) Well, this article is number 100 in the Energy Vanguard blog. Wow! Even though I prefer odd numbers, I do like the sound of that. It's taken only 2 days less than 8 months to get here, too.

Along the way, I've also learned a thing or two about social media. I've got more than 600 LinkedIn connections, 500+ Twitter followers, and 125 fans of…


Added by Allison A. Bailes III on November 5, 2010 at 4:10am — 1 Comment

In Winter, Those Who Are Proactive Profit The Most

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in the next few weeks, old man winter will make his annual appearance once again. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you like winter), with his arrival, snow and cold winds are close to follow.

To prepare for the oncoming winter months, use this time in late fall to find weak areas in your homes thermal shell. (For the sake of clarification, I define “Thermal Shell” as the…


Added by Nathan Christensen on November 4, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Rising home energy costs predicted for 2010-11

The outcome of the election this weeks makes passage of the Home Star bill in the Senate look, unfortunately, less likely than ever. Rather than invest in efficiency, we seem destined to continue to export energy dollars and/or add to the CO2 blanket we've wrapped our Planet in.…


Added by John Snell on November 4, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Saving Your Heating Dollars with An Insulation Upgrade

I know everyone works very hard for their money (in order to pay the bills), but what you don't realize is how much of your hard earned energy dollars are actually slipping right through the cracks of your home. Keeping your home at a comfort level (by conditioning it) can be very costly. I know everyone would like to reduce their energy bills in our freezing winter months and then again, in the summer cooling months? Well, a good place to start would be a professional infrared home-energy…


Added by David Valley on November 4, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

Free Hands-On Thermal Imaging Training Seminars

We, at Fluke, have always been big advocates for education. As some of you know, we deliver hands-on (yes, hands-on—that means you get to play with the imagers!) training seminars all around the country. These seminars are designed to teach you the fundamentals of thermal imaging, how to troubleshoot faster and find problems using the latest thermal imaging technology, and… Continue

Added by Fluke Thermal Imaging on November 3, 2010 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Why should I monitor my energy usage?

The biggest question many professionals and consumers alike have about energy monitoring is whether or not it actually works. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently conducted a home electricity use study. This study looked at various factors, one of which was the home energy monitor. They found that using an energy monitor could result in savings of 8-25%. EPRI conducted further research into…


Added by Silas Inman on November 3, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Infrared Thermography Webinar

If you want to learn more about using infrared thermography for home inspections, tune into the upcoming webinar that I’ll be presenting for the Wisconsin Energy Center on Tuesday, November 9th from 1:00-2:30 CST. See for details. I’ve packed a lot into this webinar and it is strictly non-commercial.

Please note that a Fluke TiR imaging system (a great unit to use for building inspections!) will be given away by the webinar… Continue

Added by John Snell on November 3, 2010 at 6:37am — 3 Comments

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