All Blog Posts Tagged 'insulation' (25)

Air Sealing and Insulation Joins the Cost Versus Value Study

It’s really nice when hard work pays off.

As part of the collaborative efforts of the Value for High Performance Homes Campaign, we were able to get an energy efficiency measure – air sealing and insulation – added to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value study. This matters because it legitimizes a valuable, low-cost, and manageable home improvement project which home…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 17, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

New $1.6 Million Program Helps Electric-Heated Buildings in Chicago Save Energy, Money

Many Chicago apartment buildings are electrically heated – meaning that the primary heat source is delivered via electricity, rather than natural gas or other sources. A …


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on January 15, 2015 at 7:51am — 2 Comments

Top 3 Overlooked Ways To Save Money on Energy

One of the most expensive aspects of being a homeowner, other than a mortgage, is money spent toward heating and cooling your home. It becomes a balancing act of sorts, trying to find that perfect comfort level in your home. As many homeowners know, finding that comfort level proves even more difficult with the more people living in your home. 

As homeowners we look for every advantage to achieve this comfort level while at the same time trying to save money on our energy cost. This…


Added by Adam Swain on October 22, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

When windows aren't the culprit of a leaky building, solve the mystery with an energy audit.

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…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 11, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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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 — 11 Comments

So many homes have fiberglass insulation that is poorly installed in New Hampshire and elsewhere

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…


Added by TJ Alexander on June 12, 2014 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Making Homes Cozier With a House Party

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 — No Comments

Visually Inspect Your Home For Energy Saving Gold

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…


Added by Don Ames on July 2, 2012 at 3:47pm — 1 Comment

How To Reduce Energy at Home

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…


Added by Don Ames on April 11, 2012 at 7:32pm — 2 Comments

Home Energy Audit With a Hole in the Wall

Why is there a heating register 4 feet up on the wall?

by Don Ames,

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…


Added by Don Ames on March 1, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Heat transfer: How Heat Gets Out of Your Home and Costs You Money.

by Don Ames,

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…


Added by Don Ames on January 10, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Why Use Foam Insulation In Your Home?

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…


Added by Jason Sherwood on January 9, 2012 at 7:51am — 2 Comments

Today's Power Trip - Heating Duct Insulation and Raccoon Paradise

by Don Ames,

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…


Added by Don Ames on January 8, 2012 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Energy Efficient House: Common Sense Guidelines

Energy Efficient House: Common Sense Guidelines to Energy Conservation.

by Don Ames,  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.…


Added by Don Ames on December 16, 2011 at 12:29pm — No Comments

There is a Weatherization Assistance Program Near You!

There is a Weatherization Assistance Program Near You!

By Don Ames,

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…


Added by Don Ames on December 7, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments

What's Wrong with This Garage Door Insulation?

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 — 8 Comments

5 Ways to Winterize Your Home and Get Ready for Winter

By Don Ames, & the Energy Spy Insider Free eNewsletter

attic insulation…

Added by Don Ames on November 1, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Cost-Effectiveness of Home Energy Retrofits

Are Energy Saving Retrofits Cost-Effective?

by Don Ames

weatherization program

Government and Utility based programs that offer weatherization and other energy saving…


Added by Don Ames on October 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Willowside Rd., Day 14

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 — 4 Comments

New Energy Star requirements for Cool Roof coatings

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…


Added by Hal Skinner on April 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

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