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Energy efficiency

Do This Today! Winter House Care

Tuesday, November 12 will be the first very cold night of the season! What does your house need from you? If you are off today for Veteran’s Day, do yourselves a favor and do these things: Close and lock all your windows. They seal better that way. Last chance to turn off your outdoor spigot.

By |2019-11-11T13:04:00-05:00November 11th, 2019|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|

What will the utilities cost?

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 |2019-08-14T13:48:35-04:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Energy efficiency, House Hunting|

Home Features for Eco-Conscious Buyers to Look for in Boston

A guest post by Henry Walsh Source With so much attention focused these days on how we can live more lightly, there's plenty to love about the current real estate landscape. More homeowners are making eco-friendly upgrades to their homes. And when those homes go on the market, you can benefit from these

Removing Oil Tanks

If you are thinking of converting from oil to gas heating, one of the tasks ahead of you is to get a professional to remove the old oil tanks. This seems like a daunting task. It’s not. There are companies that do this. They do it all. They get the permits for removal and disposal;

By |2018-11-01T14:33:49-04:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: buying process, Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|

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 |2017-12-05T14:47:30-05:00December 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 |2017-09-26T11:30:57-04:00September 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 |2017-06-02T07:26:13-04:00June 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. These are the rebates, in 2018.  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

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 |2017-02-28T17:48:52-05:00March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , , , |