Regular musings and insights from Building Sciences LLC.

July 23, 2015
At Building Sciences, we specialize in helping homeowners with oil to gas conversions. With a proper energy audit, air sealing, insulation, and high efficiency appliances, typical homes save thousands on their energy bills over the lifetime of the home. We'll outline a few reasons why oil-to-gas is a no-brainer for homeowners with the option.
Whole Home Energy Retrofit Insulation
July 22, 2015
While most New Jersey homes don't have the recommended amount of attic insulation according to Energy Star (At least 12 inches, higher in some parts of the state), most have at least some insulation on the attic floor. When renovating their home to increase energy efficiency, most homeowners realize that adding more insulation to their attic flat will help them reduce their heating and cooling costs. However, most NJ homes are lacking insulation in an incredibly important part of the attic-- the attic access.
Blower Door Test
July 20, 2015
A blower door test is an integral part of a comprehensive home energy audit. It measures a home's rate of air infiltration, helps identify energy-wasting air leaks, and can help verify the effectiveness of weatherization and energy retrofit work like air sealing and insulation when done after the work is complete. In this post, we'll explain exactly how a blower door works, and walk through the same process our highly trained auditors use to identify the optimal way to maximize your home's energy efficiency.
July 16, 2015
In our previous post, we talked about how uninsulated hot water pipes could be costing you as much as $10-15 a year in energy bills and gave you a cheap, quick, and easy fix to the problem. In this edition, we'll discuss an energy saving solution that's on everyone's mind-- replacing incandescent light bulbs.
July 15, 2015
When it comes to trying to save energy in our home, we often think big. Replacing lightblulbs with CFLs or LEDs, upgrading heating and cooling systems to high efficiency versions, adding attic insulation, air sealing, - these are all great ideas to help reduce your home's energy use. However, it's important not to overlook small, simple solutions that when added up can make a big difference as well.
Insulating Pipes
July 15, 2015
Hidden heat sources in the home contribute to uncomfortably hot living spaces, as well as unnecessarily high energy bills, throughout the summer. In this series, we'll identify some common sources of heat that are driving up your electric bills, and give you simple solutions to solve them.
July 13, 2015
Consulting with a certified home performance professional is the best way to determine the cause of your discomfort, because their fancy infrared cameras can pinpoint exactly where air leakage is taking place, as well as where insulation is performing poorly (or where your walls may be lacking insulation altogether). This eliminates guesswork, and lets you focus on where you'll get the most bang for your buck. An energy auditor or home performance contractor can also give you an estimate of how much money you might save by making the recommended improvements, as well as how much those...
October 23, 2014
Ever wonder where our country's energy comes from and goes to? This fascinating map from the Lawrence Livermore Labratory shows in simple graphic terms where we generate energy and how much of it goes to various sectors. One of the fascinating aspects of this is everything you see in gray--"Rejected Energy." What this really means is waste. Particularly in electricity, as much as 2/3 of all the energy created is lost during transmission and via other means before it actually does any work. All the more reason to generate your electricity right at home on your roof.
October 23, 2014

This video from our friends at Go Green Star explains how to insulate a home's walls from the exterior, for improved energy performance and reduced energy bills, with minimum intrusion.&nbsp

ABC7 Eyewitness News Heat Audit
January 24, 2014

We're thrilled to have been chosen by Eyewitness News for this excellent segment on energy audits and efficiency improvements.

Click here to watch the video on ABC7!