Regular musings and insights from Building Sciences LLC.

January 18, 2013

Building Science Corporation is one of the leading consultants in the industry. In this video, one of North America's premier building scientists talks very practically and understandably about building enclosures. 

 

January 18, 2013

The folks over at Inhabitat recently  released a cool new video that goes through the home energy audit process, and discusses easy fixes for problems like drafty windows and cold rooms.

Upgrade Your Refrigerator
October 15, 2012
One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in.
Insulation Checked By Energy Audit
October 15, 2012
Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.
Alternatives To New Windows
October 15, 2012
It speaks to the marketing savvy of window manufacturers and installers that, when faced with drafty rooms or high energy bills, most homeowners typically think that the best solution would be new replacement windows. While energy efficient replacement windows will likely lead to improved comfort and lower utility bills, the truth is that there are many far more cost effective solutions to improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
Energy Audits Make Life Easier
October 15, 2012
You may have heard about home energy audits before, but maybe you're not quite sure that you need one. After all, your home is relatively new. It's pretty comfortable most of the time, and your utility bills aren't that bad. Maybe you've switched out your incandescent light bulbs for CFLs, and upgraded to a low flow showerhead, so figure there's not much more you can do.
Energy Efficient Landscaping Works!
October 15, 2012
On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance? Well, what happens is that you lose money. But using landscaping (namely by planting trees) to shade your home can be a great way to lower energy costs.

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