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EEM   perfect candidate
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 29, 2010
Today I visited my friend Perry, who's buying a hundred year old house and wanted some advice on what he could do to improve it. My first thought, of course, was that he should buy the house with an EEM (Energy Efficient Mortgage). That will allow him to roll the costs of the improvements into the...
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Heating consumption graph for home improvements financed with an energy efficient mortgage
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 30, 2010
As a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Provider, I check the home energy ratings that my raters do. Recently one of the EVER raters, Jason Payne of Structured Energies, completed a rating project for a homeowner who was financing home energy efficiency improvements with an Energy Efficient Mortgage...
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crawl space fiberglass batt insulation falling down
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 29, 2010
I'm one of those rare people who actually likes to go into crawl spaces. I strap on my knee pads, put on my head lamp, grab my camera, and go have fun. Well, perhaps I'm exaggerating a bit, but I really do like seeing what kind of horror stories I can find to add to my collection. The problem is I'...
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Fridge vent in attic
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 22, 2010
Well, at least don't insulate your attic until you’ve sealed the air leaks. Most attics have a lot of holes where attic air can get into the house, or conditioned air can be lost to the attic. Don’t you just love the idea of breathing air that got sucked through that dead squirrel in the attic?
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