Category: Energy Efficiency

Home Performance Health Benefits

U.S. DOE Releases New Study Linking Energy Efficiency to Home Health Improvements People spend more than 68% of time inside their homes. Allergens, indoor pollutants, radon, mold and mildew (as a result of trapped moisture) are significant causes of respiratory illness.  Now, a newly released study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers new… 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

Andy Ehlen: Making an Older Home a Better Place

“Enlisting the services of Enhabit was the smartest thing I did after buying an older home. My certified Enhabit contractor, Central Air, caught major things missed by my home inspection, from vermiculite to a heat duct that had separated, sending warm air not to mention countless dollars into the attic. Their work resulted in a… 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

Last Blast of Summer 2016: 9 Ways to Beat the Heat

A cooler home is possible using these simple tips (Portland, Ore.) Many Portland families are gearing up for the sound of the school bell later this month. But don’t put that sunscreen away just yet. Temperatures are expected to shoot back up to triple digits through the weekend, starting today. Portlanders without air conditioning will… Read more

Professor Schooled in Energy Efficiency

A Drafty, Cold Home As a Black Studies professor at Portland State University and producer of the film Sista in the Brotherhood based on her experience as a construction worker, Roberta Hunte is a woman of many trades. Despite being well-versed in many fields, she did not know that her home was unreasonably cold. “I… Read more

From Drafty to Dreamy: 1925 Home Gets Modern Comforts

Love at First Sight For Amy Ruiz and her partner, Sonia, they fell in love with their 1925 Northeast Portland at first sight. “We looked through the windows and fell in love with this home,” Amy says, “It was a little bit over our budget but we just fell in love with all the built-ins… 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. DON’T SWEAT IT! GET ON THE PATH TO A COOLER HOME WITH A NO-OBLIGATION HOME ASSESSMENT. Luckily, there are ways to beat the… Read more

A Healthier Home for the Long Haul

Enhabit homeowner Susan Argintar’s philosophy when it comes to house hunting? “You’ll know it when you feel it—that’s it!” After looking at nearly 50 homes with her partner Jonathan, they knew they had found “the one” the moment they stepped into a ranch-style house nestled on a quiet street in the Cully Neighborhood of NE… Read more

4 Tips About Home Buying and Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency isn’t something you can physically see, but that shouldn’t make it any less of a priority when looking at homes on the market. The City of Portland aims to require homes to list an energy score, which can benefit both the buyer and the seller. Nicolette Hanna, a broker for Living Room Realty,… Read more