Your Home’s Energy Use in Cooler Climates

June 12, 2012

A home energy assessment (sometimes referred to as an energy audit) will show what parts of your house use the most energy and suggest the best ways to cut energy costs. You can conduct a simple home energy assessment by doing it yourself (DIY) or, for a more detailed assessment, contact your local utility or […]

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Insulating your Home

June 12, 2012

Insulation is made from a variety of materials, and it usually comes in four types: rolls and batts, loose-fill, rigid foam, and foam-in-place. Rolls and Batts  – Rolls and batts—or blankets—are flexible products made from mineral fibers, such as fiberglass and rock wool. They are available in widths suited to standard spacing of wall studs […]

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Replacement Window Tips

June 12, 2012

Windows can be one of your home’s most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and heat from the sun in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10%-25% of your heating bill by letting heat out. During the summer, your air conditioner must work harder to cool hot air from sunny windows. Install […]

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Tankless Water Heaters

June 12, 2012

Tankless water heaters provide hot water only as it is needed. They don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money. Here you’ll find basic information about how they work, whether a demand water heater might be right for your home, and what criteria to use when selecting the […]

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Solar Energy Terminology / Glossary / Definitions

June 10, 2012

Handy and Useful Solar Energy definitions / glossary / terminology

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What is Low E Glass – replacement and new construction windows?

June 10, 2012

I get this question a lot.  What exactlly is Low E Glass anyway? Low-emittance (low-E) coatings are microscopically thin, virtually invisible, metal or metallic oxide layers deposited on a window or skylight glazing surface primarily to reduce the U-factor by suppressing radiative heat flow. The principal mechanism of heat transfer in multilayer glazing is thermal radiation from […]

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10 Steps to Avoid winding up in a Home Improvement Scam

June 9, 2012

10 Steps to Avoid winding up in a Home Improvement Scam   1. JUST PASSING THROUGH: Beware of a contractor who says he is just passing through the neighborhood, has materials left over from another job or wants his payment up front. These kinds of “repair” artists show up in droves after storms or other […]

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Swimming Pool Terminology / Definitions / Glossary

June 9, 2012

Help and useful list of commonly used swimming pool terminology / definitions / gloassary.

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Marble and Granite Countertop Terminology / Glossary / Definitions

June 9, 2012

Commonly used and easy to read Marble and Granite Countertop Terminology / Definitions / Glossary

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Commonly used Home Improvement Glossary / Terminology / Definitions

June 9, 2012

Handy and Useful list of commony used Home Improvement terminology / definitions and glossary

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