A long time ago, 1992 to be exact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA, created the Energy Star program. Today appliances that are Energy Star Rated use upwards of 30% less energy. This EPA program has been so successful that Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, and the entire EU have all adopted the Energy Star program.
This week we have been talking about Cold Air Penetration down in the basement. And there are several really important facts to always keep in mind as you work to make your home more Energy Efficient:
Today we continue our quest to significantly cut down on Heat Loss and one of the easiest ways is to stop Cold Air Penetration. That’s why we are still down here in the basement.
Yesterday we fixed our basement windows and I mentioned that there are probably huge holes for cold air to penetrate into the house. I am talking about a genuinely huge hole; not quite big enough to drive a truck through but a big hole for a ton of cold air.
We are continuing our task of stopping Heat Loss, or more realistically reducing Heat Loss to a minimum.
Last week we started a series about Winterizing our homes with the goal being to reduce Heat Loss to a minimum. One of the single most important things we can do is to cut down on Cold Air Penetration. As Cold Air enters the house, almost always down in the basement, it is cold and dense.
There are basically three times of the year that people move: (are you thinking of moving?)
I got thinking about our discussion that talked about Mortgages. Remember we mentioned that mortgage rates were at 3.71% on Tuesday, today they are 3.750% for a fixed thirty-year mortgage.
Rather than have you either operating in the dark or constantly checking with a Mortgage Calculator to find out what your monthly payment is going to be, I thought it might help if you knew a much easier way for you to do all this in your head.
Here at Vermont Modular we talk with a lot of folks that are looking to either move up to their “Dream Home” or downsize after the kids have left the nest. Either way, it is probably necessary to sell a home before buying or building a new home.
Here are a couple rather simple tips of what you should NOT do when selling your home:
We are wandering around The Vermont Energy Code and sharing with you some of the salient points but strongly suggest that you make yourself aware of what exactly is in our state’s Energy Code so that you will be an educated home owner, or home buyer, or home builder. The Energy Code is a good tool for you to use.
Here are a few random highlights:
The Vermont Residential Energy Code of 2015 has quite a bit to say about windows and the glass in the windows. Since this is our State’s official stance/law we thought it might be interesting to let you in on what our state is doing:
This entire week we have been talking about technological advances in building science and today let’s look at the pane. That’s a pane of glass, not the other pain.
The Weak Link in your home’s Building Envelope are your windows. Regardless of how well you install windows or how well built the windows are; the glass that you and I enjoy so much are the one area of the house that loses more heat than any other.