energy audit http://michiganradio.org en Last call for low-cost energy audits from federal stimulus money http://michiganradio.org/post/last-call-low-cost-energy-audits-federal-stimulus-money <p>A <a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=498">federal program </a>that tries to get homeowners to invest in energy efficient home improvement projects is nearly over.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.betterbuildingsformichigan.org/Home.aspx">program provides </a>a detailed home energy audit for a super low price. Homeowners who want to make improvements based on the audit can take out a low interest loan.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:48:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9213 at http://michiganradio.org Last call for low-cost energy audits from federal stimulus money The do-it-yourself snow and ice test http://michiganradio.org/post/do-it-yourself-snow-and-ice-test <p>In the winter... there&rsquo;s a quick and easy way to find out where your house is leaking energy... just by looking at your roof a day or two after a good snow. Greenovation.tv&rsquo;s Matt Grocoff invited me along on what he calls a <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=511">drive-by energy audit</a>.</p><p>Here&#39;s what to look for:</p><ol><li>Icicles are pretty... but they&#39;re a sign that your attic needs more insulation. Heat from your house is escaping and melting the snow.</li><li>If you have ice clogging your gutter, it can cause damage to the gutter... and ice can get underneath your roof shingles and damage your roof.</li><li>You can use a roof rake to clear snow from your roof... but it&#39;s just a short-term fix. A better solution is to check out the non-profit group <a href="http://michigansaves.org/">Michigan Saves</a> to find a qualified contractor, who can come out and perform an energy audit and find your home&#39;s leaks and advise you on how to fix them so you can save energy and money. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 16:43:03 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1493 at http://michiganradio.org The do-it-yourself snow and ice test