Don Ames's Blog Posts Tagged 'weatherization' (20)

10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning

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…


Added by Don Ames on August 22, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

4 Things to Check Before Installing a New, High Efficient Heating System.

I had just completed a home energy audit and learned that insulation levels and air sealing measures were up-to-speed. After crawling into the attic, performing a duct blaster, checking the temperature of the hot water, and a bunch of other things, I had come to the educated conclusion that this home’s best chance for improved energy efficiency and lower energy bills while heating the house would include replacing the heating source.

The 80% gas furnace is in the garage right next to…


Added by Don Ames on July 4, 2012 at 10:38pm — 7 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 111 Years Old

by Don Ames,

I gathered up my auditing equipment and headed off to a neighboring community to perform a home energy audit that was constructed in 1901. Before I head out of the office and leave the comfort of my desk computer, I look up the home through County Records to determine about what year the home was constructed, about how big the home is, and if records show any remodel years.

When records indicate…


Added by Don Ames on April 4, 2012 at 10:33pm — 10 Comments

Energy Audit And Energy Saving Measures For A Big Home

The Energy Audit is Complete: The Homeowner Chooses These Energy Saving Improvements

by Don Ames,

Now that the 5 year old has put down the foam dart gun and stopped crawling in and out of the blower door, it's time to make some energy saving recommendations to the homeowner. After completing an energy audit of the home, it is usually fairly easy to start the conversation with the owners on what they should…


Added by Don Ames on March 18, 2012 at 10:20am — 3 Comments

Energy Audit: Hot tubs and Shortcut Return Air Ducts

Energy Audit: Now Recommendations for Energy Saving Up-dates

by Don Ames,

Now that we have the hot tub and the hole-in-the-wall under control, it is time to go ahead…


Added by Don Ames on March 6, 2012 at 1:33pm — 4 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

What is Air Sealing

What is Air Sealing and How can it Save Energy?

by Don Ames,

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…


Added by Don Ames on January 23, 2012 at 12:01am — 1 Comment

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

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

Where to Look For Construction Flaws and Energy Waste

by Don Ames,

Construction flaws waste energy, reduce comfort, and encourage building deterioration. A little knowledge about construction methods can help you locate and correct these flaws. Let's face it, homes were not created equal, homes are the result of a hundred hands belonging to fifty different people that will never live in the house, but, never-the-less, have great influence…


Added by Don Ames on January 5, 2012 at 8:30pm — No 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

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

Energy Education and the Consumer

Household Energy Consumption and Successful Energy Education

by Don Ames,

behavior choices

Two homes…


Added by Don Ames on October 23, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

An Energy Auditors Professional Mission

Energy Auditors: A Professional on a Mission to Save Energy

by Don Ames,,  

Hopefully, most people that become Doctors, want to be Doctors. If someone is going to go digging around in my belly, I want them to enjoy what they're doing and not wish they were out leading a group of fisherman on a flounder trip.

I feel the same way about Energy Auditors, anyone that is going to test my…


Added by Don Ames on October 18, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Priorities for Energy Efficiency

Energy Retrofits and Priorities for Energy Efficiency

by Don Ames,

energy efficiency

Nothing worse than saving…


Added by Don Ames on October 15, 2011 at 9:30am — 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

How North Dakota Learned to Weatherize Manufactured Homes

How Oil Pointed the Way to Home Energy Savings


Don Ames


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…


Added by Don Ames on March 25, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments


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