Category: Energy-Efficient Windows

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

Home Energy Efficiency ‘Don’ts’

Wondering which route to go first with home energy efficiency upgrades? Here’s some advice: Fix the leaks first. Adding insulation to your attic and crawl spaces saves money and makes your home more comfortable, but it won’t do much good if you don’t seal up places where air and moisture can leak in and out… Read more

Making Sense of Window Rating Systems

When considering window options, there are a few rating systems that can help you understand the efficiency of one window versus another. U-Factor To make it easy for homeowners, the window industry uses a rating called the U-factor. U-factor indicates how much heat flows through an entire window assembly, and accounts for each material and… Read more

To Understand Window Efficiency, First Understand Heat Flow

Heat flows not only through the glass portion of a window, but through the frame as well. Different glass types and configurations will have different heat-flow characteristics. The same principle applies to different frame materials and configurations. Glass Most replacement windows in the Pacific Northwest use double- or triple-pane glass. The panes of glass and… Read more

Taking Homeowners to “School” – Man Learns Value of Energy Efficiency

“I knew nothing about energy efficiency, and they took me to school.” After completing a project with Enhabit and partner contractor GreenSavers, Gerry Winfield got more than renovations for an energy efficient home; he got an education in total home performance. West Linn, Oregon homeowner Gerry Winfield has lived with his family in their 1986… Read more

Helping Homeowners Stay Cool and Comfortable All Year Long

Summer is here. Many of us will spend the coming months doing our best to stay cool and protected from the hot sun. For Rick Anderson, staying cool is not just about comfort—it’s critical to keep his multiple sclerosis symptoms in check. Symptoms flare up when spending time in the sun, taking a hot shower… 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

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

Save Energy With These Great Efficient Window Options

Is your hard-earned cash flying out your windows? It could be, if you still have the original windows in your house. Those old windows may look pretty, but it has been shown that in some houses, up to 25 percent¹ of the owner’s heating bill is due to hot air escaping through the windows. Yikes!… Read more