Archive for the ‘Green home conversion’ Category

From Being Off the Grid to the Microgrid

There is more to the name change, so what is a Microgrid?

How to Build Your Own Solar Water Heater

Solar Water Heaters are making a come back as homeowners look for ways to reduce their energy bills.

Saving Money by Creating Your Own Greywater System

Being green is not just about energy; lowering your water usage by using greywater from your home is also eco-friendly.

How to Build an Improved Solar Oven

Simple family project which can substitute for your slow cooker, but no home power needed.

Night Lighting Using Solar Power: The Next Big Step in Eco-Friendly Lighting

Looking into solar lighting for a home’s exterior, you will find there are more options now than you might believe.

How to Take Care of Your Foundation

Should taking care of your foundation be part of your home maintenance routine? It should if you want to avoid other problems in your home.

Earth Thermal Storage

Maintenance free home heating/cooling systems may rely more on the constant temperature of the earth for storing energy.

Green Power for Your Home

How can you reduce utility bills to zero with green power options like solar and wind for the home. Is it practical for a home in Houston? Renewable energy may be in your future.

A look at the National Green Building Standard; ANSI 700

An expanded version of the post that I wrote for HomeFinder.com. I wanted to deal with some details for home inspectors and home buyers on this green building program.

Could Solar Powered Exterior Lights Replace Floodlights?

An inspector experiments replacing his floodlights with solar powered accent lights to see if his wife approves.

How to Make Your Roof Last Longer

Making your home green does not always mean replacing with green materials, but finding ways to make what you have last longer. This can be a challenge on a roof, but it is possible.

Why Are Attached Garages Energy Inefficient?: A how to improve your garage guide to reduce energy costs

A Houston home inspector looks at a step towards a green home conversion that a homeowner can take, when they have an attached garage.

Green Home Conversion: Heating and Cooling Part 3.5

During a home inspection, I found an unusual air flow system.

Green Home Conversion; Heating and Cooling Part 4

Passive cooling is not part of our design methodology, but we can incorporate some ideas into our homes to reduce energy costs.

Smaller Homes for Energy Efficiency Need Creative Uses of Space

Smaller homes provide better energy efficiency due to less heating or cooling required, but you need to find ways to store your stuff in some creative ways.

Green Home Conversion: Heating and Cooling Part 3

Discussing air flow versus temperature to create comfort in a green home.

Green Home Conversion Heating and Cooling Part 2

My home inspections reveal many problems with insulation or preventing the loss of conditioned air, or the intrusion of heat or cold into the home. Here are some simple steps to take to tighten the seal of an older home.

Green Home Conversion: Heating and Cooling Part 1

An overview of looking at your home’s air conditioning and how it can be turned green.

Green Home Conversion: Reusing What We Have

The first step in a green home conversion is thinking what you can reuse in the home.

Green Home Conversion

The beginning of a series of post on the idea of how to convert your existing home into a green one.

Fantastic Green Product Claims, But this Driveway Could Be Truly Green

Before I went out to perform some home inspections, I saw a claim for a green driveway. Once home, I checked into it further, and I think this may be something for me.

Passive Designs and Mechanical Solutions Towards A Greener Home

After having been on many home inspections, I feel that passive designs can be better for the home, but mechanical systems have their place; they just have to be thought out well.

The Art of Deconstruction, or Why I am concerned about the loss of a movie theater

Destroying to rebuild is not always the best option, and not really a green option.

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