Archive for the ‘Living in your Home’ Category

How to Stop Energy Loss Through a Window

Windows pose a problem. Single paned, aluminum framed windows allow heat to pass through or out of your home, so how can you stop this loss of energy?

How to Install a Solar Powered Attic Vent

Some home designs cause attic layouts which need ventilation help. Installing a solar powered attic vent can be a great solution.

Are Shafts to My Attic Energy Efficient?

Any break in you insulation allows for a great reduction in your energy efficiency, but you may not realize it, there could be a good number of breaks in your attic insulation.

What Are the Components of a Greywater System?

Most homeowners are concerned about energy savings, but water savings will be the big deal on the horizon. You may hear about greywater, and how you can use it in your home, but can you buy equipment like you would for energy savings?

Is an EnergyStar Labelled Product the Right Option for Me?

A report from the Government Accountability Office indicates that it may be a buyer beware situation with EnergyStar. Yes, you still have to do your homework.

Creative use of a Solar Powered Attic Ventilation Fan

I believe in passive measures to ventilate attics, but I bought a solar powered fan to try out an idea.

What is Thermal Bridging?

To make your home green, you should understand a little building science to make wiser choices.

Green Homes, Historic Homes

Many green home advocates may not be leading you to a the best green option.

What is the Future of Green Products in the Home?

Is there a future trend that we can spot that will indicate what will be incorporated into green homes? How do we define eco-friendly?

How to build a solar wall oven?

After having written a post about building a solar oven, I was asked over the weekend by a friend, could I build one into the home. I took the challenge to make a plan.

How to Make an Attic More Energy Efficient

Creating a passive system that will not cause you to spend money on a utilities to help with the energy efficiency of your home.

Building Higher Ceilings for a Greener Home

A passive way to create a greener home has one simple step that many buyers do not consider: high ceilings.

The Future of Mechanical Systems in Your Home

Micro-CHP systems could be the direction that will shape the mechanical systems of our home.

Insulate Your Roof Through Nanotechnology

A new idea on how to insulate your roof using nanotechnology.

The New Way to Frame a Wall, With Steel

Not really a new concept, but there is a new product being used for creating steel walls, and it may be coming to a home near you.

A Couple of Articles on New Developments for Your Home

A summary with links to some articles that I have been reading on new ideas that can be applied in your home.

Up the Flue: Making a Home Energy Tight

Your home’s insulation may not be complete, causing you to loose money.

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 Figure Out Where Your Furniture Should Go in a Room

A new online app from a firm in the Netherlands offers a great option for people looking at their home’s design.

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.

How to Repair Your Fascia

The board along your roof line is called the fascia.As a home inspector, I find moisture damage in many homes when performing my inspections.

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 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.

Home Inspections and Do It Yourself Repairs Nitpicking Concerns

A home inspector’s insight into how do it yourself home maintenance jobs should be done.

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.

Adding Trim to Cover the Gap Between a Wall and a Cabinet

Taking time to make your work professional can be easier when thinking of other ways to do the work.

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.

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