Energy efficiency

Easy Fixes that Improve Indoor Air Quality

You can improve indoor air quality by routinely addressing sources of dust and mold. The more we insulate our houses  against winter cold and summer heat, the less air leaks between the house and the great outdoors. Pollen and dust that gets into the house stays there, unless you pay attention to it. Areas that

By |2022-05-18T11:16:04-04:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Energy efficiency, Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , , , , |

Energy Efficiency Tips for Tenants

Tenants, here are things you can do to increase the heating efficiency of your apartment. Yes, I know that you are stuck with the heating system, doors and windows that your landlord chose. You can still improve your comfort and lower your energy bills. Most of the heat loss will be found around windows and

By |2021-12-14T12:31:48-05:00December 15th, 2021|Categories: Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , , |

The Summer is Waning. Time to Think About Heating

Even in the summer, buyers should think about heating. Why? Because a buyer can’t feel how well the system works once it is shut off for the season. Even when we test it during home inspection, it is not the same as when it is fighting the winds howling outside. This summer, there have been

Heating and cooling, with or without an air conditioner

Summertime, and you can fry an egg on the street! Last week’s heat wave led to this most-asked question: “Do you have air conditioning?” In the house, with no air conditioner I ‘fessed up to people, this year, that I did not grow up with air conditioning. I did not get one until years after

What’s Inside a Dead Hot Water Heater?

Happy New Year. Today, I am nerding-out on you about hot water tanks. The basics of hot water: Direct-fire tanks are typical in Massachusetts. These are the gas or electric tanks that run a flame under a tank of water. When you open your faucet, you use some of that 30- or 40- or 50-

By |2021-01-03T14:39:06-05:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Energy efficiency, Happy Home Ownership|Tags: , , , |

Direct Vent Heating Systems: What to Not Worry About

Direct vent heating systems are the ones that run so efficiently that they can vent through a PVC pipe instead of a chimney. Why does the efficiency matter? If the air coming out of the boiler is still very hot, it cannot travel through plastic PVC pipes. Newer high-efficiency boilers and hot water heaters use

By |2020-12-31T14:40:58-05:00December 17th, 2020|Categories: Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , , |

House Hunting for Energy Efficiency

When house hunters calculate their monthly costs, some overlook the cost of heating and electricity. However, it is difficult to get an accurate estimate of your future costs. Current usage cost: Electric and gas companies in Massachusetts will provide the current cost at a specific residence. Some listing agents will provide it. It is a

By |2020-10-27T08:40:17-04:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: House Hunting, Energy efficiency|Tags: , , , , , |