[26 Nov 2012 | 8 Comments | 8,491 views]
Choosing the Best Energy Efficient Water Heater

Helpful Tips and General Guide to Buying an Energy Efficient Water Heater

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Environment »

[30 Jan 2014 | Comment here | 1,331 views]

Tulus Simatupang of British Columbia, Canada won the Grand Prize for the 2013 Digital Photo Contest sponsored by The Nature Conservancy. The photo that won is of a heron in flight with a red-winged blackbird. It was a top choice by judges and also received the most 1st place votes from supporters. Visit The Nature Conservancy here to see all of the results for the contest.

Energy »

[29 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | 18,335 views]
Green Building Tips From a Homeowner GC

What green building techniques and design options make sense? Which ones save you, the homeowner, a few greenbacks in the long-term? Here I’ll share my experience with energy efficiency choices while building a two-story, 40 ft. by 20 ft. home addition. But before I jump into the details, I’d like to tell you I opted to be the “Homeowner General Contractor” (Homeowner GC) for our addition project. Let me explain.
I have more than a few years of project management experience as well as an extensive environmental consulting background. I’m a …

Energy, Energy Efficiency »

[8 Jan 2014 | Comment here | 2,212 views]

Nest, the company that makes what they claim to be the “next generation thermostat” is facing a few challenges. Out-dated HVAC systems, Wifi connectivity, and vocal, unhappy customers during a national cold spell  are in the forefront in today’s news. TechCrunch discusses the situation on a recent blog post here. You can learn more about the product and read reviews on Amazon – Nest Thermostat product info and reviews.
I seriously considered purchasing a “smart” Nest thermostat when we built a large addition on our home last year. We upgraded our HVAC …

Automobile Maintenance, Energy »

[19 Dec 2013 | Comment here | 1,584 views]

Traveling for the holidays? To improve your gas mileage consider changing your oil and air filter to improve your ride. I’m always amazed at how much better my car runs after changing the oil and air filter. What else can you do to increase your fuel mileage?
Make sure your air pressure in the tires is right or slightly over-filled. Also, change your “cabin air filter” – just changed mine. It was nasty, filled with leaves, dust, etc. The automobile service center that changed my oil wanted $50 for a cabin …

Cool Roofs, Energy »

[5 Dec 2012 | Comment here | 3,303 views]

Can you benefit from a Cool Roof? Or are you better off investing in more insulation? No doubt, a cool roof can help many building owners save money while protecting the environment but not everyone should rush to get one.Your money might be better spent on attic insulation depending on where you live as well as your specific attic situation.
The U.S. Department of Energy has published an excellent guidebook on cool roofs (link below). The guidebook was created to help builders and home owners understand how cool roofs work.

Energy Efficiency, Featured, Headline, Hybrids, Solar »

[26 Nov 2012 | 8 Comments | 8,491 views]
Choosing the Best Energy Efficient Water Heater

Helpful Tips and General Guide to Buying an Energy Efficient Water Heater

Energy Efficiency, Geothermal »

[26 Oct 2012 | Comment here | 1,899 views]

Earlier this year, I wrote a post on the Pros and Cons of Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP). As it turns out, there is more to the story. I am in the process of evaluating HVAC systems for an existing home that is getting an addition. The addition is almost the size of the existing home; a new HVAC system is required as you can imagine.
After looking into several HVAC options with a focus on GHP, the consensus is to first focus on “tightening” the envelope of the existing home while …