Energy efficiency

Adding heat to an unheated room

 If you have an unheated attic that is not insulated, the house heat will rise through the top floor ceiling into the cold attic. (Meanwhile, the heavier, cooler attic air will make its way down, if you have an open or uninsulated stairway.) If you have a finished attic, with no heat, the household heat

By | 2017-12-05T14:47:30+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Heating systems and energy efficiency

What should an energy conscious house hunter be looking for, when choosing a house or condo? It’s a good idea to have this in mind all year, but more people notice this time of year. With our clients, we point out our energy wasters when we see them. Single zones: If there is only one

By | 2017-09-26T11:30:57+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, House Hunting|Tags: , , , |

Tankless hot water heaters

“Don’t get attached to that hot water heater, it will fail on you.” We tell our clients this because direct-fire hot water heaters are unreliable appliances that are created with built-in obsolescence. Many have five, seven, or ten-year warranties. They will last five years and three weeks, or seven years and three weeks, or ten

By | 2017-06-02T07:26:13+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , |

Energy efficiency from Mass Save

Mass Save is not just about wall insulation. Mass Save also has 0% interest loan programs to improve other aspects of your house’s carbon footprint. Not only are you able to borrow for insulation, but you can also borrow for these improvements. High Efficiency Heating Systems Central Air Conditioning/ Air Source Heat Pumps Ductless Mini Split

Looking clearly at windows

Buyers beware! Replacing windows will cost you, big. What windows should I expect to replace? Lead paint risk: Any window that was installed before 1978 is likely to have lead paint on it. Lead paint on windows is particularly bad for risk of lead poisoning. When a lead-painted window is opened and closed, it rubs

By | 2017-02-28T17:48:52+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |

How our professional association works against our clients

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® frequently has political initiatives that we are against. As a member, I refrain from assisting them in these actions. I notify my representative that I am a member of the association, but disagree a particular policy. This summer, my association embarrassed me by fighting tooth and nail against mandatory energy

Going Solar in a Condo Association

It gets complicated when you want to use a condo roof to harness solar power. Who pays for it? Who gets the power? Who gets the rebate when you sell power to the grid? Newly built condos have the advantage of having the solar (PV) system as part of the initial purchase. Adding it later

By | 2016-12-28T14:00:59+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Categories: condo issues, Energy efficiency|Tags: , , |

Shower me with warmth . . . .

Ron Rothenberg 4Buyers Real Estate I’ve had a new energy-saving device for over a year, and I love it, and it has more than paid for itself a few times over, and it only cost me  $20.00 at the Mass Save store website. It’s an Evolve showerhead, and it saves energy and  solves the problem

Controlling your heat, controlling your bills

In summer, my heating system is set to 55 degrees. Yes. I am a wimp. I do not want to wake up some night in August because I am cold. When it becomes “autumn,” the temperature gets cold enough to start running the program on the thermostat because it could be below 55 degrees any