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Sustainability starts at home

 |  05/11/12 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Reuse

Last night (May 9th) I attended the second installment of the Home Repair Resource Center's Practical Sustainability series – a monthly lecture series offered by the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit that features experienced practitioners. The goal, according to Fred Cortright who is organizing the series, is to help homeowners become good thinkers about home repair decisions that will make their homes...more

Of all the reasons to green a home, the rebate may be the worst

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

What lessons did our family take from the energy audit and insulation of our drafty 1920s house? I recorded the saga in this blog series, so it felt right to include this postscript. We went into 'greening our home' with the best intentions. Our goals included doing something positive for the environment (on a limited budget) and being more comfortable in...more

The final test of our home energy project

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/13/12 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

Having our house insulated and sealed from heat loss-with an eye fixed on the rebate from GoodCents-has been a long, but not particularly hard process. A few months after the initial energy audit, we had the final inspection today. We were relieved when Sean, the friendly GoodCents inspector who came to our house, confirmed that we should expect the work...more

Air sealing and insulating our house: The big day has arrived

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/10/12 @ 11:30am  |  Posted in Home efficiency

The last time I wrote we were still debating the merits of blow-in insulation (foam versus cellulose). I was searching for the 'sweet spot'-a product that balanced health, green/lifecycle, performance and cost. However, I couldn't get stars to align with what I thought was an interesting balance of all my criteria-air pumped foam (which, turns out, costs double, does only...more

What goes in to a home insulation decision

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/07/11 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

This is part two in a series following one man's journey to weatherize his family's wood frame house built in 1920. Part one, he discovered how drafty walls sans insulation and with big gaps in the frame explained huge heating bills and a family shivering under blankets. Determined to seal it tight(er), we saw the results of the home energy...more

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