Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her… Continue
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 11, 2014 at 8:30am —
I am a whole house fan and attic ventilation expert in Temecula CA. I started studying whole house fans in 2008 when my wife, Darlene, and I moved from Manhattan Beach. I would really like to share my knowledge with all of you but I want to be sure I don't antagonize you with more commercialization than you want. Please let me know your opinion and if you can, send me some examples of acceptable blogs and unacceptable ones.
Added by Kurt Shafer on July 18, 2014 at 9:02am —
Doing testing of existing homes it is typical to see mottled patterns of surface temperatures with the FLIR Infrared Thermal Imager during Blower Door Testing.
Part of the problem is air sealing and the other part of the problem is poorly installed fiberglass insulation.
This is not a rant against fiberglass insulation (I am a fan of both Rock Wool/Roxul and dense packed cellulose) for retrofit projects. Fiberglass batt or blown insulation can perform fine, if it is… Continue
Added by TJ Alexander on June 12, 2014 at 1:31pm —
This week, Elevate Energy read two great accounts of how friends and neighbors came together to learn how to make their own homes cozier and more energy efficient. Thanks for sharing!
This homeowner wanted to improve her “leaky old ship” of a home and discovered an energy loss culprit.
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on May 15, 2014 at 8:32am —
Whether you are a “do-it-yourself” home energy auditor or a seasoned professional, learning about a home from an initial visual inspection is an important tool during an energy audit of home which can highlight energy saving opportunities. The visual inspection is the first indication… Continue
Added by Don Ames on July 2, 2012 at 3:47pm —
9 Steps to a More Energy Efficient Home and Lower Power Bills
How to reduce energy at home has gradually become a household desire as a result of high definition T.V.'s and homes the size of a castle. Throw in a struggling economy and the melt down of a nuclear plant and becoming more energy efficient seems like a great idea.
Our power bills rise as a result of increasing power costs and the need for more and more power to operate are power hungry homes and… Continue
Added by Don Ames on April 11, 2012 at 7:32pm —
Why is there a heating register 4 feet up on the wall?
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
In my last article, I spoke about a home energy audit and the hot tub on the back deck. Remember, it was a manufactured home with a great deck overlooking a roaring hillside stream. Next door, the neighbors were the countryside recyclers, at least I suppose that's what they might call themselves.
Personally, I think I would call them by a… Continue
Added by Don Ames on March 1, 2012 at 11:30pm —
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
Heat flows out of your home in two ways, transmission and air leakage. Transmission and air leakage occur through all surfaces of the home - walls, floor, roof, windows and doors.
The amount of heat transfer depends on two factors: thermal resistance and surface area. Thermal resistance has to do with the quality and quantity of the material in the walls, floor, roof, windows, and… Continue
Added by Don Ames on January 10, 2012 at 10:00pm —
If you decide to construct your home or are planning to remodel an existing home, you have many options. A big choice to make is whether or not to insulate with old or new concepts. A huge chunk of homeowners use fiberglass insulation and do quite well with it. If you are looking for more efficiency, than read on, because there is a better way. foam insulation is a modern marvel and holds many benefits including efficiency, easy to install and lower lifetime cost. Let me dive in and get more… Continue
Added by Jason Sherwood on January 9, 2012 at 7:51am —
Please read the article and catch the screen cast at the end of the article.
Earlier in the week, I spoke about construction flaws and how builders have a tendency to build energy waste right into the structure of a home. The contractors really don't mean too, we all understand that, but , never-the-less, poor construction design, short cut methods, and lack… Continue
Added by Don Ames on January 8, 2012 at 10:00pm —
Energy Efficient House: Common Sense Guidelines to Energy Conservation.
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com The security of home energy conservation and the Energy Spy Insider.
Think of the ways we try to separate the outside climate from the inside climate. In a nut shell, that is the goal of an energy efficient house. Take a snowmobile or a dog sled and you will see a domed home made out of snow and ice.… Continue
Added by Don Ames on December 16, 2011 at 12:29pm —
There is a Weatherization Assistance Program Near You!
By Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
I receive calls on a regular bases asking me about help fixing the problem of being cold and whether or not I have heard of any Weatherization Assistance Programs. These calls are not about being cold for a day - while the furnace is fixed - or being cold for a week - while a few more dollars are scraped together to have the… Continue
Added by Don Ames on December 7, 2011 at 1:03pm —
by Don Ames
If you don't want to read the whole article, at least go to the bottom of the page and watch the screen cast. Take a look at some real effective garage door insulation. No, I didn't make this up.…
Added by Don Ames on November 13, 2011 at 9:30pm —
By Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com & the Energy Spy Insider Free eNewsletter
- attic insulation…
Added by Don Ames on November 1, 2011 at 9:00pm —
Are Energy Saving Retrofits Cost-Effective?
by Don Ames
- weatherization program
Government and Utility based programs that offer weatherization and other energy saving… Continue
Added by Don Ames on October 10, 2011 at 1:00pm —
John and Jane Doe's report is basically written. I have a template that I use that has been slowly built and improved over the past projects. It's a fine start but still requires a fair amount of custom writing, since each house has enough unique issues that need to be addressed. There's report software out there such as Recurve's, EAI, or BizEE, but none have that personal touch that comes from a written report. So here's some items from the report:Target Infiltration: 0.25… Continue
Added by David Willson on April 26, 2011 at 8:30pm —
I was forwarded an email that originated from the Energy Star Heat Island group. This was something I was not aware of. I have changed the font to red for the main point of my own comments below the quoted part of the email.
"This call will provide an overview of the revised requirements for ENERGY STAR labeling of roofing products. The focus will be on the certification and verification processes. Beginning January 2011, labeling requires third- party… Continue
Added by Hal Skinner on April 6, 2011 at 5:00pm —
Thinking of convincing the homeowner that you are the right contractor for the window replacement project? Make sure that you are prepared to demonstrate that you have the knowledge to evaluate the problem correctly. The customer wants and expects to perceive this quickly or you will not be selected for the follow-up. So, to ensure your business is the one selected for that coveted follow-up session, it is critical to showcase your knowledge and experience, the two fundamental factors that say… Continue
Added by David Allen on March 27, 2011 at 6:55am —
How Oil Pointed the Way to Home Energy Savings
When the oil fields began to be developed in places like North Dakota, manpower was an immediate need. Manpower was needed in remote places where the oil was hiding and having enough ready housing was a problem. The cheapest and quickest solution was manufactured housing. Pull it in, set it up, and your done.
Manufactured home communities began to sprout up over… Continue
Added by Don Ames on March 25, 2011 at 3:21pm —
The energy efficiency movement is starting to impact the awareness of how the indoor conditions of an existing building can be greatly improved. Homeowners who once dread the winter months and thought that they had to live with the pain of a drafty uncomfortable home are now increasingly seeking to improve these homes.
This search often brought homeowners out into the marketplace looking for solutions and the best professional help. As a result, we are…
Added by David Allen on February 2, 2011 at 11:48am —