The Economics of Energy Efficiency and Renewables.

The Economics of Energy Efficiency and Renewables.

There’s understandably a lot of excitement about photovoltaics, solar water heaters, geothermal heat pumps and other sources of renewable energy for the home. We all want to be self-sufficient. It’s part of our national psyche. And, particularly for the...
The Importance of Air Sealing.

The Importance of Air Sealing.

Homes burn through a mortifying 21% of the energy used in the United States. A lot of that energy is spent heating and cooling your house. And even worse, a whole lot of that energy is spent heating and cooling your backyard and front porch, through leaks and holes in...
What is Home Performance?

What is Home Performance?

Home Performance is a philosophy and a science based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, and efficient. After all, homes — probably the biggest investment most of us will ever make — are one of the few things we purchase that...
What is Infrared Diagnostic Testing?

What is Infrared Diagnostic Testing?

One of the key components of an effective home energy audit is infrared thermography. Infrared thermography (or infrared imaging, infrared diagnostics, a rose by any other name…) consists of a thorough visual inspection of a home, including the basement, attic,...
Can a Home Be Too Tight?

Can a Home Be Too Tight?

Sometime during your crusade to seal those energy robbing cracks and holes in your home, you’re bound to start asking yourself, “Isn’t air flow important for a healthy home? Can I take this whole thing to the extreme?” The answer is yes, and...