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 —
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 —
Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe,… Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on April 15, 2013 at 7:30am —
Sleeping on the front porch after a hot summer day was a straight out necessity. The upstairs of the 1940’s farm house had turned into a sauna and sleeping in the upstairs bedrooms was not possible. Even after the sun went down, the upstairs seemed to get hotter. Let's look at some ways to cool a house without air conditioning?
Now that I spend time trying to figure out how a home can be more energy efficient, I think back to those hot summer days and wonder two… Continue
Added by Don Ames on August 22, 2012 at 8:30pm —
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 —
DETROIT (WWJ) - Just ahead of the official start of summer (June 20), Metro Detroit is expecting a couple of days with near record-high temperatures.
“By dinner time Tuesday, 6 p.m., we’re still looking at 91 degrees in Metro Detroit with high humidity levels,” he said.
We have record heat coming for the next couple days around Metro Detroit. Air conditioners will be on full blast and people will be roasting in their 2nd story bedrooms at night.… Continue
Added by Adam Duke on June 21, 2012 at 7:14am —
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 —
What is Air Sealing and How can it Save Energy?
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
Air sealing is important because air leaks through the walls, floor, and ceiling of your home. Air leaks out of your home when the air pressure inside the home is greater than the air pressure outside the home. Air also travels from hot to cold. The bigger the hole and the greater the pressure or temperature difference, the more air… Continue
Added by Don Ames on January 23, 2012 at 12:01am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —