Energy Solutions

Keeping your pets (and your energy bill!) comfortable

By Patrick Keegan Dear Pat: I recently adopted a dog, but I work during the day. I want to make sure he stays ­comfortable without ­making my electrical bill go ­haywire. Can you offer any tips? – Annie D. Dear Annie: Congratulations on your new furry family member! It’s a good idea to think about […]

Cure for cold floors over a crawlspace

The floors over your crawlspace should not be cold in the winter. I know it’s easy for me to say, but that’s the truth. And, neither should the floors over a basement. If you think about it, there is no difference between a crawlspace and basement, the crawlspace is just shorter. So why is your […]

Where is the biggest heat loss in your home?

The nights are getting cooler and the leaves on the trees are starting to turn colors. Is your home ready for old man winter? Or, are you wondering where the best place is to start making your home more comfortable and save money on your energy bills? Typically, the best place to start is in […]

Choosing a “smart” thermostat

A basic nonprogrammable ­thermostat is nothing more than a temperature controlled switch that does two things – turns your heating or cooling systems “on” and “off” to maintain a specific temperature of your home. That’s it! Everything else beyond that are options that can make your home more comfortable, efficient and convenient for the user. […]

How to build a comfortable, efficient new home

If you are going to build a new home, here are some bullet points to remember that will make your new home comfortable, energy efficient, safe and healthy for your family for years to come. Be prepared, this all takes careful planning and attention to detail from ­beginning to end. The three main areas you […]

Geothermal and air source heat pumps

In your years as a homeowner, you have probably bought and sold a few homes and maybe even built one or two. When it came time to replace your outdated ­furnace and air ­conditioner, or you had to decide on what kind of heating and ­cooling ­system to put in your new home, I’ll bet […]

Things homeowners goof-up

What’s the first thing you do when you want to improve the comfort of your home and save money on your monthly utility bills? Like most people you start with Google to get more information. You get unlimited details, plans and suggestions on what to do, how to do it, what ­products to use, and […]

A home as a system

Are you unhappy with the ­“performance” of your home? Do you have cold floors, cold rooms, your home feels drafty, high humidity in the ­summertime, low humidity in the winter or just high ­utility bills? Before you pick up the phone to invite ­someone into your home to sell you something you think you need, […]

High efficiency air filters

We all would like to think we spend our hard earned money wisely. We put time and effort into researching ­products and services to make sure we are getting the best value for our dollar, but good value does not always mean buying the cheapest. Sometimes we can spend a little more and get more […]

Ensuring high quality energy efficiency work

By Patrick Keegan Dear Pat: I want to make my home more energy efficient, but some of the work needed is more than I can do by myself. When I’m hiring contractors to do these projects, how can I be sure that the work is of good quality? – Jerry C. Dear Jerry: The good […]