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5 Reasons You Need to Install a Smart Thermostat

Some of the more common brand names you may have heard about include Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell and others. But what are the real advantages to switching to a smart thermostat?” “A smart thermostat is all about adaptive technology that maximizes the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. It senses and learns in ways that… Read more

Winter Weather Identifies Needed Improvements

Enhabit recently surveyed more than 500 people about how well their homes fared during recent winter weather, which brought sustained low temperatures and heavy snowfall to some areas. The extreme weather led to problems that may need to be addressed. Those who indicated that their home could have done better in some ways identified these… Read more

Sara Carnahan Joins Enhabit as Our Newest Home Advisor

Our newest Home Advisor, Sara Carnahan, brings great experience and deep interest in conservation to her work at Enhabit. Previously a Senior Energy Advisor at the Boston-based Next Step Living, Sara advised homeowners on energy efficiency retrofit work. Previously, she worked as a solar energy analyst and earned a degree from Tufts University in Environmental… Read more

5 Tips to Stay Toasty Warm

Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up with loved ones because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors, well into 2017. Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, there is sun, even in Oregon winter! When it’s shining, be… Read more

Mark your calendar: Radon Forum is Jan. 18

Breathing radon can increase your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among people who do not smoke. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer for people who do. EPA estimates that radon causes more than 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year in the U.S. If… Read more

Sealing the Deal with your Contractor

Understanding Contractor Bids and Contracts Always get it in writing It’s always important to get a written proposal, or bid, on your work. A verbal cost estimate is not legally binding. Do not rely on verbal explanations; get a written agreement or contract. What your proposal should include The proposal should clearly outline the work… Read more

Building Good Contractor Relations

There are many kinds of home improvements and many types of contractors, so finding the right company to work on your home can feel overwhelming. The scope of your project will help determine which kind of contractor to choose. If you’re looking for a whole home remodel or major addition, that’s going to lead you… Read more

Add New Life to Older Homes

Upgrading and weatherizing an old house can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? Do you tackle windows first or begin by insulating the attic? Are you prepared for an earthquake or even just allergy season? Whom do you consult? What tasks can you do on your own? Why older homes? State of Oregon… Read more

Every Oregon home should be tested for radon

Discovery of radon in schools a reminder to test homes, experts say Odorless, colorless gas is responsible for lung cancer and prevalent in Multnomah and Clark Counties (Portland, Ore.) Recent reports of radon being discovered at schools around the Portland Metro area are a good reminder to test your home for radon, according to air… Read more

Beat the Heat: 8 Ways to Keep it Cool Without Air Conditioning

Although the heat hits us hard for a few weeks in summer, many homeowners don’t want the expense of an AC system used only for a few months out of the year. Luckily, there are ways to beat the heat without AC. Here are some tips, both simple and complex, that you can use to… Read more