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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Every so often we like to reintroduce ourselves! While we’ve been here in Grays Harbor since 1981, we know that new folks are always moving into town – and that people who were teens a few years back are now homeowners – or want to be!

That’s why last week we started a review of what we do at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor. We’ll spend just a minute more reviewing our review!


Basically, NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor is a private non-profit organization governed by a solid volunteer board of directors. Our mission is to help the Grays Harbor community with housing-related issues by creating affordable housing opportunities and solutions in partnership with local governments, businesses and residents.

Although some of our services require income-qualification, housing counseling is available regardless of income.

So, if you have a question regarding housing – from ownership to maintenance and hiring a contractor, dealing with a landlord to securing a rental, building a bud...

February 18, 2019

Heat pumps. They are something we’ve mentioned a lot over the years. In particular, we’ve mentioned the ductless heat pump the last few years as a good choice for steady, inexpensive heat in our climate for a relatively small investment. Today we’re going to sing their praises again. If you have an older house that is in need of a new heating system, make sure to keep reading! 


In this climate, a heat pump is an efficient way to heat and cool a house. The technology of a heat pump basically recovers heat from outside air and transfers it to inside your house. Fans circulate air past coils outside to capture the heat. Then it goes via a high pressure closed-loop refrigerant line to a coil inside the house where another fan circulates air past the inside coil which is heated by the gas.

In the summer, it will do the reverse –pulling the heat out of the inside air then blowing it off at the outside heat pump. The returning refrigerant gas cools the coil and is circulated...

February 10, 2019

Energy costs are high this time of year, so in recent weeks we’ve been talking about ways to stay comfortable and keep the costs down in your home. In this blog we’ll talk about the cost of running some things – like portable heaters – and also how you can get rebates for a variety of energy-saving measures.


In a cold snap like we’ve been having, many people opt to use an electric space heater to keep the temperature in part of the house a little more comfortable. However, depending on how much it is used, that can turn into a costly addition.

Recently we talked with Dan Kinnaman, energy adviser at the Grays Harbor PUD, who said that most space heaters switched on high use 1,500 watts of electricity. With our current cost of electricity at 8.73 cents per kilowatt/hour, if that heater was on for an entire day it would cost $3.14. Now that’s not too bad if there is a two-day need to make things more comfortable in your home, but if a space heater is used for an enti...

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.”


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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