Recent Retrofitting Articles

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Heat Pumps Provide Cheaper Heating *and* Cooling

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 19, 2015

The name "heat pump" is misleading. This appliance actually does an efficient job of both heating and cooling your home. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, a heat pump functions by moving...

A side benefit of radiators... Photo: Liz West/Flickr

Install Thermostats on Radiators for Efficiency

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 05, 2014

Does your Chicago heating system rely heavily on old steam radiators? You're not the only one -- across the US, this type of heating is common, with some systems boasting radiators...

This article is a collection of Networx best tips for how to keep your house cool in the summer. (Photo: aleksandrovaphoto/

Best Cheap Tips for Keeping Your House Cool

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 26, 2013

The dog days of summer are coming, and in some parts of the U.S. of A., they have already arrived. If you had tons of money, you could, like, build a new house that is oriented toward...

Flooding in Des Plains, IL, April 2013. Photo by CAD1976/Flickr.

Tips for Rebuilding a Flooded Home

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 20, 2013

Hello, Midwesterners, and anyone else who is looking at the prospect of rebuilding a flooded home. I will outline the process of rebuilding a flooded home in this article, and I will...

A man survives hot weather by cooling himself with a fan. (Photo: monkeybusinessimages/

Simple Weatherizing for Summer

Posted by Laura Foster-Bobroff | May 17, 2013

Weatherizing a home to reduce energy usage and maximize savings is something homeowners think about in cold weather. The fact is, energy efficiency is just as important during summer...

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Converting From Oil Heat to Gas Heat

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Dec 19, 2012

We’re not sure if it is worth it to convert from oil heat to gas heat. Although plumbers and utility companies in the Northeast report record numbers of conversions from oil heat...

This oil boiler could run on a biofuel blend. (Photo: salem/

Advantages of Biodiesel Fuel Blends for Home Heating

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Nov 26, 2012

Biodiesel fuel blends don't necessarily cost more than standard heating oil. Give or take ten cents per gallon, it is comparable in price. However, depending on one's local biodiesel...

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Cut A/C Costs with a Programmable Thermostat

Posted by Carl Seville | Jun 25, 2012

The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), commonly referred to as "the energy code", requires at least one clock setback thermostat be installed in a new home. Setback...