Insulating Our House Really Worked!

This fall we finally insulated our walls and increased the insulation in our attic.  We had blown in cellulose put in.   It rocks.   Today the high was 25°F outside plus a wind chill in the single digits. Our upstairs thermostat was set to 55°F during the day and it never fell below 62°F […]

Jon Learns about Expanding Foam at HEET Barnraising

This past weekend I participated in my first Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) Weatherization Barnraising.  About 35 folks showed up to lend a hand. Several companies helped by sponsoring the event and providing some of the supplies, including our favorite supplier, EFI. We were divided into teams based on what we wanted to learn and […]

My First HEET Barnraising

I am in fact caulking a window in this picture. I was participating in a “barnraising” for the Women’s Center in Cambridge, MA where approximately 40 women got together to weatherize their building. It was organized by an organization called HEET. HEET organizes gatherings to teach people how to weatherize their homes. They gather at […]

That Makes Cent$

Last November, as part of an EPA’s Energy Star national campaign (p. 8 & 10), our home was featured as an example of reducing your home energy use in New England.  Channel 7 Boston (WHDH) interviewed us and the EPA’s Energy Star’s Melissa Klein for a “That Makes Cent$” segment.  Check out the online video […]

Defanging your Cable Box Vampire

Earlier this week, the EPA released the new Energy Star requirements for Audio/Video (AV) equipment including CD, DVD and Blu-ray players. The new specification establishes On mode and low-power Sleep mode power consumption limits and Auto Power Down requirements that AV products must meet in order to earn the ENERGY STAR label. When you are […]