NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor contributes to the community conversation on housing issues through a weekly column in the Daily World titled "Nailing it Down."

 

 Since 1999, the "Nailing it Down"articles have been published in the Daily World and other countywide weekly newspapers. NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County has collaborated with local newspapers, elected officials and local experts to publish articles covering hundreds of topics.

 

 

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December 6, 2019

Many households on Grays Harbor got a skiff of snow over the Thanksgiving weekend. White or not outside, the mercury has definitely dipped and even if it’s not officially winter yet, it sure feels like it!

We’re not sure what’s in store for the next few weeks and months, but there’s nothing like a cold snap to focus our attention on making homes more weather resistant!

It’s not too late to make yourself more comfortable and your house tighter in this cold. Here are some common questions for cold-proofing your house.

Q. Can I close my foundation vents to prevent heat loss?

A.  Yes. Are you surprised? We’re strong advocates of ventilating your house to keep moisture at bay.  However, we do recommend closing your foundation vents as long as the temperature remains below freezing. It will keep the house more comfortable and save on your heating bill. (Just make sure to open them up again when the weather gets a bit warmer!)

 Q. Can my pipes freeze when the temperature is at or below 32 deg...

September 30, 2019

Last week we talked about a variety of other heating devices that we tend to use in the Pacific Northwest and how to check them out now for efficiency and safety concerns before the heating season kicks in.

There’s nothing like cooler weather – and the first heating bill of the season – to get one thinking about alternatives.

Today we’re going to talk about the benefits of one of our favorite heating system – the ductless heat pump.

CHEAP ALTERNATIVE FOR HEAT

In this climate, a regular outside heat pump and inside air handler furnace is often an efficient way to heat a house. The technology of a heat pump basically recovers any heat from outside air and transfers it via a closed-loop refrigerant gas to the inside air handler – furnace inside your house. The air handler blows circulating air through a radiator coil that was heated by the gas and that is what is delivered through the house in your ducts.

In the summer, it will do the reverse – drying out the indoor air and pulling the heat ou...

February 4, 2019

Creating a few new good habits and getting rid of a few bad ones can save you money on your energy bill.

In our last blog we said that in this neck of the woods, heating is typically the largest user of energy this time of year. We are betting that is true for those experiencing the polar express just to the east of us!

Now that you’ve dressed in layers, weatherized and turned down the heat, it’s time to expose other energy users and make a plan to replace them with a utility savings payback.

This blog will focus on saving money through energy-efficient major and minor appliances, LED lighting and even on how to bust some energy “ghosts.”

WATER HEATERS

After the home’s heating system, the biggest use of power typically comes from the water heater. Most water heaters these days probably don’t need insulation, and adding a blanket may void your warranty. However, installing a timer will control the on/off periods for best use. When you’re on vacation, or even away over the weekend, hit the of...

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