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Avoiding Sick Building Syndrome

Improving your home’s indoor air quality will protect family members from invisible pollutants that can cause serious health problems Normally I like to begin a blog with a few sentences that explain the importance of the topic I’m planning to cover. But the best way to emphasize the … [Read More...]

Home with oversized lawn

Lower Your Yard’s Fuel Consumption

Winter is the season we think of when it comes to fuel usage, but a surprising amount is used in summer lawn and garden maintenance as well. Paul Tukey, the author of the Organic Lawn Care Manual, has done the math. He claims that the average fuel consumption per household for a family with a … [Read More...]

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6 ways to cut cooling costs this summer

There’s no need to sweat because of hot weather and high air conditioning expenses Summer heat is here. What could be worse than sweating all night long in an upstairs bedroom that your air conditioning system can’t seem to reach? How about being shocked by a huge spike in your electric bill … [Read More...]

Home with big lawn

Downsize your lawn to save energy

It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting nice just in time for you to spend hours and hours getting your lawn back in shape.  Seems a bit crazy – as if we were human hamsters -- especially when you realize there are few other countries in the world that lavish so much time, energy, and … [Read More...]

Shady Home

Landscape to Save Energy and Improve Comfort

Most of you know that evaporation of moisture from your skin makes you feel cooler. That’s because evaporation takes heat energy, thereby cooling the air wherever it takes place. Turn on a sprinkler on a hot day and the area surrounding it will feel cooler. Trees act as gigantic sprinklers as … [Read More...]

Tight attic spaces

Craftsmanship in the Attic

What’s so difficult about an attic insulation upgrade? Plenty. For just about any kind of job you might imagine, there are distinct differences between doing the work and doing the work REALLY WELL. This rule applies across every profession, from cleaning houses to managing stock portfolios. … [Read More...]

Earth Day Feature

How about some insulation for your Earth Day celebration?

Making your home more energy efficient is a great way to help save the planet Thanks for visiting myHOMEscience to help celebrate Earth Day 2014! There are plenty of bigger, more-publicized places to go on this day devoted to saving our planet. But here at myHOMEscience, we’ve got an Earth-saving … [Read More...]

Vapor Barrier Installation

What You Need to Know About Vapor Barriers

Controlling moisture has challenged builders for thousands of years. Too much of it inside a structure can lead to rot, mold, insect infestations. Consequently, roofs and siding, weather-tight windows and doors, and waterproofed basements were developed. It’s one thing, however, to keep water out … [Read More...]

Power tools demo at JLC Trade Show

Building & remodeling news from JLC Live!

Highlights from New England’s biggest construction industry trade show If you’re in the building and remodeling business, you probably know the Journal of Light Construction, or JLC for short. This Hanley Wood enterprise includes a trade magazine, a website  and a schedule of regional trade shows … [Read More...]

Green Homes in Real Estate

Study Shows Surprising Value of Green Homes

You don’t have to wait out the payback period to reap dividends from green home investments Saving money on your household energy bill, year after year, as explained in the video Home Comfort Pays for Itself, is a compelling reason to invest in a home energy upgrade. But what if you’re not sure … [Read More...]

Showerhead

Hot water without a water heater

A surefire way to cut energy expenses: Let another appliance heat the water you use for washing. “Domestic hot water” –the heated water used for washing clothes, dishes and people— is the third-largest energy cost in most households, only exceeded by heating and cooling expenses. Statistics … [Read More...]

Farmhouse

Case Study: Geothermal brings 1830s Farmhouse into 21st Century

Myhomescience.com will be producing a series of energy-upgrade case studies. The first describes a job done in 2013 by Halco Energy. Halco was recently recognized as “best in the country” in a field of over 1,900 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractors nationwide. It is a member of the Dr. … [Read More...]

Dirty air can literally be sucked into your home. As heated or cooled air blows into a room, a vacuum is created around the register. If the joint between the duct and flooring is not well sealed, the rush of air will siphon dust and mold spores from floor and wall cavities, and from the crawlspace or the basement.

The best way to clean the air in your home

You can read a lot about air cleaners. They do remove some of the particulate air pollution in your home, but their value is limited. Think about it. The tiny particles of dust, soot, pollen, spores, dander, etc. in your home are not generally floating around in the air. They only do so when … [Read More...]

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What is the difference between pink and yellow fiberglass batts?

Some fiberglass insulation is yellow, while other fiberglass batts are white or pink. What’s the difference?   Manufacturers use different colors to “brand” their version of fiberglass batt insulation. Owens-Corning has trademarked its pink-tinted fiberglass. John Mansville produces … [Read More...]

airkrete

How to improve insulation in existing wall cavities?

I can tell the walls of my house aren't well insulated; they’re always cold in winter. How can I cut down on the heat loss?   Many houses have this problem. The fiberglass batt insulation used in wood-frame walls can’t stop energy losses due to air leakage through the wall assembly. Even … [Read More...]

Next door neighbors

Why are our energy bills higher than our neighbor’s?

A neighbor who lives in a house very similar to our house has lower electric and fuel bills. I can’t tell why I’m paying more than he is. What can I do to find out?    The best way to find out why your house has higher energy costs is to have an energy audit done. But be aware that some … [Read More...]

Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats, but no significant savings this winter. What are we doing wrong?

Our house has forced-air heating and AC, with two zones. We replaced our old thermostats with programmable models to save energy, but we haven’t seen any significant savings this winter. What are we doing wrong?   Research has shown that programmable thermostats can cut your heating and … [Read More...]

Improve insulation or replace the furnace? Where to start?

 We live in an older house that isn't well insulated. The furnace is old, too. Which problem do we deal with first?   It’s usually better NOT to replace the furnace before upgrading insulation levels. Recommended insulation levels for different parts of the house can be found at the ENERGY … [Read More...]

cathedral ceiling

Upgrading Cathedral Ceiling Insulation

To solve a common comfort & energy problem, it just takes equal measures of innovation and determination. The extremely cold weather that’s been buffeting most of the country has many homeowners thinking about insulation. More specifically, attention is focused on attic insulation, which … [Read More...]

What are other methods to insulate irregular stone basement walls?

We live in an old house that has a stone basement foundation. Because the wall surface is irregular, we can’t install rigid foam panels to insulate the basement. What other methods should we consider? If your aim is to finish the basement, a good approach would be to have a spray foam contractor … [Read More...]