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Though summer in Maine is perhaps as perfect as the season can get anywhere in the world, we’d all be lying to ourselves if we said there’s never a single need for air conditioning. From Rockland to Portland, summer temperatures can climb into the 90s or even higher, and we’ve already had a few days this year that have made doing anything more than sitting on the beach an uncomfortable experience. Naturally, AC serves a place throughout the Maine summer, but it can also drive your energy bills through the roof if you’re not careful.
Many homes from the Rockland region down to the greater Portland, ME area are older or experience problems with inefficiency. When updating your home, you may tend to focus on more visible and cosmetic improvements like an updated kitchen or new flooring. This may mean that many necessary energy efficiency improvement projects get put on hold.
Spring may still be in the air, but we’ve already seen temperatures climb well into the 90s here in Midcoast and Southern Maine. This coming summer is shaping up to be a hot one, and the more you can do to keep your home cool, the more comfortable you and your family will be once the “dog days” arrive.
Many people think this means cranking the AC, cooking outside and setting up some extra fans, but what if we were to tell you that the answer to summer comfort can actually be found in upgrading your home’s insulation?
It seems like everyone in Maine has been waiting for warmer and brighter days. With a bitterly cold winter and a particularly rainy spring, you’re probably one of the many residents from the Rockland area down to the Portland region who needs a large dose of vitamin D.
Although the spring weather in Maine is never truly spring-like, the heat of summer will be here before you know it. With warm days and sunshine right around the corner, the weather will be perfect to tackle a few projects around the house. Maybe you’re planning on taking care of the landscaping or finally repainting, but do your doors also need some attention?
Spring is finally here, even in Maine where we’re beginning to see the world slowly come back to life. Like many homeowners from Rockland down to the Portland area, you’re probably feeling reenergized. Taking advantage of more time outdoors is great, but you’re also likely starting some projects around the house.
The past winter here in Maine was brutal. With constant subzero temperatures, high winds, and somewhat unpredictable storms, it’s not a surprise that many homeowners from Rockland to Portland were feeling the chill. If you were one of the many with a cold home and high heating costs, chances are that during the summer you’ll be too hot.
However, did you know that new windows also make your home more energy efficient? It's true! With energy efficient windows, you end up spending less on heating and cooling costs throughout the year. See what you should look for in your energy efficient windows!
Evergreen Home Performance Building Analyst Brian Robinson led Camden’s Watershed School students last week in a two-day seminar on concepts of building science and the interactions of buildings with their environment. Forty percent of America’s energy budget is consumed in buildings so Brian teamed up with Watershed teacher Janet McMahon to help her Global Climate Change students understand the issues.