Let’s hang around in the basement again.

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.

What can we get for Six-Bucks?

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.

Are you trying to sell your home?

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:

More about The Vermont Energy Code

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:

Windows are such a pane

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.

Technological advances

Yesterday we mentioned how the United States is the world’s leader in developing Solid State lighting and how all the advances in lighting have become main-stream practice so quickly.  LED bulbs are everywhere and the DOE’s estimate is that in the next twenty years Solid State Lighting will reduce lighting energy requirements by 75%.  That’s impressive.

Another area where technology is making rapid gains and improvements is in the areas of Heating and Cooling.

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