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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Helpful Tips and General Guide to Buying an Energy Efficient Water Heater Energy efficiency has come a long way with respect to water heaters.
Geothermal Pros & Cons 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 […]
Green remodeling a home is possibly one of the highest levels of “green.” It is one of the best sustainable housing initiatives around. While researching the remodeling industry I came across the website dubbed, Home for Life. The site includes a wealth of resources that explain opportunities to upgrade an existing home’s energy and resource […]
Do attic fans lower the cost of cooling your home? Are solar attic fans worth installing?
My metal roof was red, hot, and desperately needed painting. After spending some time inspecting the roof, I quickly realized how incredibly hot the red paint became even on a modestly hot spring afternoon. Why repaint the roof red since it gets so hot? I thought there must be a better solution so I started […]
Helpful videos that explain Geothermal energy and the operation of geothermal heat pumps (GHP).
Geothermal heating and cooling uses the relatively constant temperature of the earth below the ground to heat and cool…
Oilobit.com News/Source: Daimler/Stuttgart – The “ÖkoTrend” institute has declared the S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC to be the most environmentally friendly cars in their class. This is what lay behind the professional journal AUTO TEST’s decision to present its “Winners in Green” awards to both Mercedes-Benz models.