Dear Jim: I am considering installing exterior storm windows, but they are expensive. If they will improve energy efficiency very much, I may try to make some myself. What is a good simple window design for me?
Dear Jim: After the heat wave we have had recently, I think we need to add central air-conditioning. We have electric baseboard heating, so there are no ducts. What are the simplest central system options available?
Dear Jim: I want to build a deck off my family room sliding glass door. I want it to be as environmentally friendly and energy efficient as possible. What design and material suggestions can you give me?
Dear Jim: I like to use natural ventilation, but sometimes I need to air-condition. Since it is just my husband and I here now, we need to cool only a room or two. Would a portable air conditioner make sense for us?
Dear Jim: My old gasoline lawn mower needs service again. I thought about buying a cordless, battery-powered walk-behind mower. Will charging its battery drive up my electric bills, and do they work well?
Dear Jim: I do not like the appearance of a screen door over my front door, but I would like to get some light and natural ventilation through it. What options do I have other than to crack it open just a little?
Dear Jim: I am tired of hauling wood indoors for my fireplace. I saw pellet and corn stoves at my home center store and they sell the pellets there. Are they convenient to use and do they produce much heat efficiently?
Dear Jim: We enjoy spending time outdoors on our patio, but the insects are bad. There is a nice breeze out there, and we have to air condition the house less. What are my options for installing a screened patio room?
Dear Jim: Even though my house is adequately insulated, my air conditioner runs a lot. On sunny days, the bedroom ceiling seems hot, so heat must be coming from the hot roof. How can I reduce this afternoon heat flow?
Dear Jim: My windows are not the most efficient. Instead of replacing them, I am considering installing rolling shutters for their efficiency, storm protection and security. What design features should I choose?
Dear Jim: I plan to do some landscaping myself to save money. I want to make it as efficient as possible for energy and water. What do you think about using gravel or ground-cover plants, and where should they go?
Dear Jim: I see so many ads for products and services to make my home more efficient that I get confused. Can you explain a bit about how a house loses and gains energy so I can better evaluate marketing claims?
Dear Jim: We like to use our swimming pool and spa, but we want to use fewer harsh chemicals to protect our skin and the environment. Are ozone water purifiers effective, and do they consume much electricity?
Dear Jim: My old central air conditioner still works, but my electric bills are high during summer. With President Barack Obama’s new energy tax credit, does it make sense to switch to a new one now? What type is most efficient?
View your ad here! Cost effective targeted advertising. Contextual advertising starting as low as $79/month. This includes targeted ad delivery and search results! Add your business to the Marketplace »