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Planning an Energy-Efficient Basement Shop

Finally, advice on how to create a workshop that won’t leave you freezing in the winter

Length: 3:45
Produced By: John Ross

When homeowner Dan Morrison wanted to convert his below-grade basement into a conditioned workspace, not just a dumping ground for his power tools, he sought out the advice of home-energy expert John Jennings. In this video, John helps Dan determine where to establish thermal boundaries, the cost-effectiveness of insulating exterior stone walls, and the best way to achieve passive-solar gain during warmer months. Great advice, but it leaves Dan wondering if he can get the project approved by his wife.

For more energy-smart advice you can apply to your own house, check out our Ask the Energy Expert Video Series.

Video by: Jean Paul Vellotti

October 7, 2008