Being a first-time homeowner is often scary, messy, costly and ultimately one of the best providers...of valuable life lessons. When it comes to repairs-especially the emergency kind, like a hot water tank gushing 40 gallons of rusty water on to the basement floor -there's no better time to evaluate your sense of preparedness, budget and income. Let's just say, when I...more
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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
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
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
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
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