Who is Ted and Why is he doing this?
The focus of my work is making homes as safe, comfortable and energy efficient as possible. Consider me as your guide to energy efficient design and retrofits. In addition, I can help you meet your green-building goals. I’ll help you answer questions like these:
- Which is most cost effective – replacing windows or adding insulation?
- Is it worth buying a high efficiency furnace?
- Why is the room above the garage so cold? How can I fix it?
- Is my utility bill normal for a home of this size?
- I’m installing radiant heat, is there anything I should look out for?
- How can keep the upper floor of my house cool during the summer?
I encourage you to browse the site and learn as much as you can. If you have questions, please subscribe to my blog and ask questions there. Please note - I am no longer accepting phone calls or taking on new jobs.
Simple Solutions for Big Problems
Throughout my life, I’ve been a troubleshooter – looking for practical, cost-effective solutions to everyday problems.
Since the early 1990’s, I’ve focused my attention on how to make homes more efficient. Much of what I found in efficient home design was experimental and unscientific – it simply didn’t hold much mass appeal. I understand that most people don’t want to alter their lifestyles. People have demanding lives. They want to reduce their utility bills. And as they become more aware of global warming, they want to do their parts to save energy and reduce their “carbon footprint”.
People also want to create a healthy and comfortable living environment for their family. Ultimately, they all want to increase their comfort, health and well being.
All About Health, Energy and Comfort
Since that time, I have immersed myself into learning about energy and its consumption. I have studied heating, ventilation and air conditioning, insulation science, ground source heat pump technology, green home design, building science, infrared thermography, solar power and alternative energy. In addition, I am on the faculty for the Sustainable Building Advisor program being held in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Each step of the way, I have tried the technologies, learning what works and what does not. Through this blog, I hope to share what I’ve learned.
Why do incompetent contractors hate me?
I’m on a mission to give you the information you need to know when they’re ripping you off. On the other hand, quality contractors love my blog because I arm you with knowledge so you can tell the difference between the good ones and the bad ones. As an informed consumer, you have a better chance of knowing when your contractor is doing a good job or a bad one. I take this seriously because a bad contractor costs you money. Worse, they can risk the health of your family. Ever hear of carbon monoxide poisoning? Many of these cases would have been prevented if the heating contractor properly serviced the equipment. But through ignorance or incompetence, many simply don’t know better.
P.S. – Why Ted-san?
Both my wife and I are half-Japanese. My wife’s mother is Japanese and when she met me, she started calling me Ted-san, roughly translated as “Mr. Ted.” We were all so tickled by this that it stuck. So now, I often use that as my moniker for web postings.