Category: Energy Efficiency

Comfort and Environmental Impact by the Numbers

“I’m a numbers guy. I wanted an accurate measurement of air leakage in my home.” Ted Brekken knows firsthand the value of living in a home that performs well. He worked hard to upgrade his first home so his family would have a healthy, comfortable and efficient place to live. “We made performance improvements and… Read more

Replacing an Oil-Fired Heating System

Many older homes have furnaces or boilers that run on fuel oil. The fuel oil is stored in a large tank, which is typically located underground. Because these tanks corrode and leak as they age, these systems are being phased out. If your home has an oil-fired heating system, it is often feasible to replace… Read more

Couple Gets Home Ready for the Long Haul

Enhabit: Music to their ears…and eyes With kittens named Guitara, Banjo, Mandalyn and Fiddle, you could say Ashland homeowners Eliza and Brad Kauder are passionate about music. So hearing glass shatter instead of bluegrass was a serious wake-up call. One of the original floor-to-ceiling, double-pane windows in their 1980s ranch house had fallen out of… Read more

Total Turnaround: 30% Reduction in Energy Use

Cute-as-a button, not buttoned up Sandy Bielen was on a mission to find a house in Hood River. After an exhaustive, yet unsuccessful five-year search, she and her husband Brook focused their sights on Rocky Road, which is just steps away from their kids’ elementary school and a nature trail. With two kids and a… Read more

The Lindbergs Earn Green by Going Green with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

An energy efficiency remodel adds real dollars to this home’s appraised value.

Family Goes All In to Cut Energy Use 46%

The Docks didn’t need a test to find out their 1965 split-level ranch in Grants Pass leaked, they just looked at the roof. So much heat was escaping through the attic, snow melted on contact. Inside, the Docks covered their windows with plastic sheeting to keep the freezing cold air out. “It was hideously ugly,”… Read more