Category: Energy Efficiency

Essential Home Prep Tasks for Fall, Part II: Inside

In Part I, we explored outdoor tasks to improve your home’s efficiency and resilience as you prepare for winter. Here we point out a number of things you can do to prep your home for winter from inside, even as the weather outside turns cool and wet. From tuning your heater to safeguarding against fire,… Read more

5 Tips to Stay Toasty Warm and Save Energy for the Holidays

Days are shortening, temperatures are dropping—and winter is just around the corner. Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors. 1. Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, the… Read more

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

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

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. 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

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

Saving the Earth, One Footprint at a Time

“I make earth-friendly choices with anything I change or upgrade, and Enhabit ties into that interest.” Joyce Kindschuh loves where she lives in a walkable Northeast Portland neighborhood: “We’re just a few blocks away from Alberta shops and Alameda school is just down the hill. It’s an excellent neighborhood for walking, a lot of beautiful… Read more