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Heat Pump Water Heaters are Efficient and Save Money

Water heaters aren’t something that many of us spend much time thinking about…until there’s an emergency and a bit of a flood in the basement if you have a tank heater. However, from an energy efficient perspective, there’s actually been a lot of progress in water heaters. According to U.S Department of Energy, water heaters […]

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Building Better, More Energy Efficient, Walls

You probably don’t give a lot of thought to wall construction, but here at steveworks, we give it A LOT of thought. In fact, there are many ways to build a wall, but not all of them are… Up to official Massachusetts code standards Energy efficient Keeping best “green building” practices in mind Using low […]

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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of a Remodeling Project

Last month we attended the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference at the Westin Waterfront hotel. Attended by builders, remodelers, and energy experts, the focus of the conference is to learn and share new ideas and research on sustainable, “green” building and high-performance building. In other words – it’s a conference about everything we believe in here at steveworks. […]

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Don’t Ignore Your Tankless Water Heater: Yearly Maintenance Reminder

Aaaaahhhh the tankless water heater. Conjuring images of hot, steamy showers and luxurious baths…even after all the kids have bathed. Tankless water heaters promise an endless supply of hot water. Plus, there’s the energy savings that comes along with a system that isn’t required to keep a huge tank of water hot, and the water […]

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Steveworks Helps Out Our Future

We were thrilled to participate in EMNARI (Eastern MA National Association of the Renovation Industry) First Annual Youth Remodeling Career Day. The response was incredible.  We had just shy of 500 students participate from more than 30 classrooms around the state.  The kids were thoroughly engaged and we have already had many teachers emailing to say […]

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Asher’s Back in the Classroom

Asher helped out his roommate, Beni Summers, teaching a class on sukkah design.  A sukkah is a temporary structure erected during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a harvest festival which occurs in the fall here.  Asher guided the class in evaluating their sukkah plans based on design, structural integrity and thermal performance, although the last two […]

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Storm Panels/Restoration, vs. Replacement Windows vs New Windows

Your windows are old and drafty. You’d love to take advantage of low cost state loans to upgrade them. There are a number of options available. Which one is right for you? Option 1: Storm panel (may also involve window restoration): If you live in an older home and want to preserve the original windows, […]

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Asher runner up for NESEA Kate Goldstein Award

We’re pleased (but not at all surprised) to congratulate Asher on being a runner-up for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)’s Kate Goldstein award for young leaders. Asher was recognized for his contributions to our Building Energy Bottom Lines group and his concern for quality overall. Go Asher!

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Are You on the Bus?

This made our neighbors slow down and take notice! We hosted the crew of the Topsy Turvy Bus for a night on their way through the Boston area.  One of the crew, Jacob Chateneover, stayed with us for a year when he attended Gann Academy with Asher and Ari. The bio-fueled environmental schoolhouse on wheels! Through […]

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Interior Rigid Foam

How do you prevent ice dams? Insulate, insulate, insulate! The ideal solution is to fill all roof and wall cavities with blown-in or foam insulation and then wrap the entire house with a layer of rigid foam to prevent “thermal bridging,” transfer of heat through the studs. That’s fine if you’re replacing your roof and […]

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