About ........

- us
We started this site out of simple frustration. My wife and I purchased a home built in 1992. That’s makes it fairly new but old enough that green technology has advanced a lot since our home was built. Last year we started getting serious about making our home more energy efficient and more “green.”  We found a lot of good general information. But we’re both engineers. We need to understand how something works before we invest in it. We’ve found a real lack of specific information about how do best improve our home.

This blog is about our continuing efforts to improve our home, the challenges, the learnings and the technology. In parallel, we’ll be doing a website www.doyourselfgreen.com where we’ll post more info, video’s of our projects etc. I hope you enjoy the site and I look forward to your comments.

- our house
Our home was built in 1992. It is one story, sort of. Our home is on a steep lot that slants toward the back of our home. So the front of the house is at street level but if you stand in back of the house, your looking up basically 2 stories. But there is only one small room  below street level that was added on after the original build (by the original owners) as a combo guest room and changing room for the swimming pool. The house is about 3200 sq. ft.. We have a crawl space under the house that, due to the slope of the lot, is minimal in front but big enough to stand in at the back. This crawl space houses all of our utility stuff, furnace, water heater, etc. We also have a a crawl space attic. Other feature; as mentioned, a swimming pool (something we would never have done if we were building from scratch but the house came with one, so cool!) We also have three fireplaces we almost never use and a 3 car garage.

Heating is a 5-ton forced air gas furnace at about 80% efficiency. Windows were dual pane aluminum. We have a HUGE water commercial size water heater for some unknown reason. I guess the original owners wanted to never run out of hot water. We have central air, again about 80% efficient.Everything is pretty standard for the time the house was built. Regulat R14 batten insultaion (you know the pink stuff.) No attic fan or whole house fan.

Our energy bills before we started doing energy improvements were averaging around $250 per month even though we were conserving like crazy, tmep at 63 F most of the day during winter months, splurging up to a balmy 68 in the evenings. Temp kept at 83 duirng the summer day dropping to 78 in the evenings

Stay tuned to see how things change.

- the name
We called this site “Do Yourself Green” but its not “Do  it yourself green”. I’m a handier than average guy with more confidence than no how, so I’ll tackle a lot of things myself but many of the things we contemplate here are just more than I have time or know-how to tackle. So, don’t be surprise when we bring in the pros.

Our “to do” List

- solar power

- low water-use landscaping

- low-flow toilets

- new roof

- home garden

- insulated garage