Insulation

What Are Those Creaking House Sounds?

What Are Those Creaking House Sounds?

House sounds shouldn’t be ignored but they are typically harmless – here’s what causes them

Get Comfortable With This Heating and Cooling Checklist

Get Comfortable With This Heating and Cooling Checklist

Maintain a constant temperature and humidity are the keys to a comfortable home. This checklist can help.

Make These Two Small Changes And Save Big On Energy

Make These Two Small Changes And Save Big On Energy

Colder months typically bring increased concerns about energy costs, which can vary widely depending on your heating source. The good news? There are two small things you can do to help prevent energy leaks, meaning you’ll rack up noticeable savings on your energy bills. The first? Install thermal shades. These […]

Owens Corning Fiberglass Insulation is (almost) Sustainable

Owens Corning Fiberglass Insulation is (almost) Sustainable

You know the ubiquitous pink fiberglass insulation? That’s Owens Corning and although everyone continues to seek out a better and more green insulation, fiberglass insulation isn’t going away anytime soon. Owens Corning isn’t sitting on their laurels as they continue to redevelop their product and is now one of the […]

Insulate the Safe Way With Sheep Wool Insulation

Insulate the Safe Way With Sheep Wool Insulation

Think about how warm and cozy that wool sweater keeps you in the middle of winter. Now imagine how comfortable you would be if your home had a layer of wool to protect it. With sheep wool insulation – a safe and green choice – it can. What is Sheep […]

Denim Insulation: Mr. Green Jeans has Arrived

Denim Insulation: Mr. Green Jeans has Arrived

Denim insulation has people excited about an alternative to cellulose insulation and in simple terms anyone can understand the construction of denim insulation. Typically the materials for most natural cotton fiber insulation types are sourced from scraps at the manufacturers level and not post-consumer. Most denim insulation products are treated […]

Cellulose Insulation: Choose This Green Option Carefully

Cellulose Insulation: Choose This Green Option Carefully

Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspaper that has been treated with either sodium borate, boric acid, or ammonium sulfate. These chemicals are required to make the cellulose insulation fire resistant and also to repel rodents, mold and insects. Cellulose insulation can still be flammable and we don’t have long-term […]

Can You Live in a Passive Home?

Can You Live in a Passive Home?

I recently read an article on Treehugger about the successful completion of a passive house in the south. A passive house you say? What the heck is that? These homes are built without a furnace. They rely on insulation and sunshine to keep it toasty and warm. In the summer […]

Urban Warehouse Renovation

Urban Warehouse Renovation

In my recent issue of Natural Home, I fell in love with a revamped warehouse-turned-home in Chicago. I was most impressed with the home’s exterior elements. Outside is a greenhouse and a roof garden surrounding solar panels. An outdoor boardwalk overlooks the courtyard and connects to the homeowner’s studio. There’s […]

11 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

11 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

Summer is coming. Before it gets hot, you might want to check that you and the house are ready for the summer heat. That means you start by checking your home’s heat and air-conditioning system. 1. To begin, change your filters in your heating/cooling system. Change them regularly – at […]

The Homestar AKA Cash for Caulkers Program Has Been Unveiled

The Homestar AKA Cash for Caulkers Program Has Been Unveiled

Today President Obama detailed the much talked about Homestar program which some have dubbed “Cash for Caulkers”. The plan would offer rebates of up to $3,000 for energy-saving home renovations. The program is expected to cost about $6 billion and entice as many as 3 million homeowners to initiate the […]

Soy-Based Insulation Reduces Heating, Cooling Costs

Soy-Based Insulation Reduces Heating, Cooling Costs

While perusing the Greater Kansas City Home Show, I repeatedly passed a booth advertising soy-based insulation. Intrigued, I had to find out more about this clever use for one of the nation’s most bountiful crops. Blue Springs, Mo.-based Soysation Insulation has developed a product that fits seamlessly with rising eco-awareness: […]

Do You Need More Attic Insulation?

Do You Need More Attic Insulation?

When considering energy-efficient and environmentally friendly improvements to make to your home, the attic is an often overlooked area that, if poorly insulated, results in higher heating/cooling costs, not to mention a general inefficiency that compromises your home’s interior. To find out if you need to replace your insulation, the […]