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Fishhawk Lake Local Energy Consultant and Artist!

January 24th, 2016

Glenn Waer was a homeowner at Fishhawk Lake who not only had built his own cabin with his wife, using reclaimed wood and interior pieces from such buildings as the old Galleria (a downtown Portland shopping mall),

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but he also does energy consulting to make your home be the best in saving energy as possible.


Here was his “bio” in his own words:

After getting out of the Air Force I attended a Tech School in Florida for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems. I worked in that arena for several years and returned to the Northwest where I learned sheet metal fabrication and installation of HVAC duct work.

I worked for a low income weatherization organization in Idaho and learned how to perform energy audits on existing homes and became theprogram manager between 1982 & 1989.

I then moved to Eugene in 1989 and worked for an Electric Utility in their energy efficient office tending to energy needs of the utility’s customers whether it was energy audits, houseinspections, high bill complaints or new construction of homes being built in our territory.

In 2000, I moved up to Portland and worked at PGE in their newly formed Earth Advantage department which certified new homes being built to sustainable and energy efficient standards.   I was the first inspector for the program and as it grew I became the “working manager” and over 10 years we certified close to 11,000 homes with the Earth Advantage & Energy Star certification.

In 2012, I started my own business, Glenn Waer Energy Consulting, dba Willowaer LLC, performing energy inspections for new homes, mostly in the Portland Metro area but I have worked at the coast, Bend, Pendleton, Eugene and even Roseburg. I work as a 3rd party inspector/verifier for contractors who are building to the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Energy Performance Score. The contractor builds to higher energy standards (compared to a code built house) which will generate a certificate that basically tells how much energy consumption the house will use under normal living conditions, and its carbon foot print. I also perform diagnostic air testing on heating systems and for whole house infiltration.

Here is a great example of what Glenn did for home energy testing:

Heating / cooling systems air duct test

This test is performed to see how much air flowing through you furnace system’s air duct is actually making it to your floor or ceiling registers and heating your home. The Northwest Energy Star New Homes protocol specifies that if a duct system has less than 6% air leakage then its considered energy efficient. The 6% is a calculation of the size of your home (square footage) times .06, which gives you a cubic foot per minute (cfm) measurement.

Example: If your house is 2000 sq ft then the most air loss your duct system can have and still be considered energy efficient is 120 cfm.     2000 X .06 = 120

The key element to making your duct system air tight is making sure that any seams, joints, and/or connections that make up your system are properly sealed. The best product for this is called “duct mastic” which is a water based pliable sealant that comes in a bucket and is painted on with a heavy brush or small trowel. Duct tape is NOT allowed on any Energy Star system as it loses its adhesive and sealant strength over years of exposure to the outside elements around the ducting.   Duct mastic however stays solid and together once it dries.

The test is completed as follows:

All the air registers in the house, both for supply and return air, are plugged up (the system is turned off for this). Through one of the registers air is pumped into the duct system. A hand held air flow meter that is connected to the fan pumping air inside the ducting measures the pressure difference inside the ducts with respect to outside of them. Air is pumped into the ducts until the pressure reaches a pressure difference of 50 Pascal’s. A Pascal is an accurate pressure measurement used in most air diagnostic testing’s. This meter is also is measuring the amount of air (cfm) going into the duct at a constant rate. This rate going in the ducting means that the air is leaking out of the ducting in unwanted areas. It is this rate that we compare to the 6% calculation already determined as we talked previously in this report. If the rate (cfm) is at 6% or lower your system is real tight. If not then careful inspection of the ducting must be done to determine where the air leaks are, and they must be sealed.

Glenn is also an artist who works with curly willow as his muse of choice in building tables, bookcases, and whatever you can come up with for him! 

Here is a collage of some of his art, “Willowaer” that Glenn did, who had a passion for working with nature!

Willowaer curly willow furniture

Sadly, we have just lost our dear friend and  neighbor, Glenn. Your love of nature, your artistic beauties will grace our homes and our community for many many years. We will miss you so, Glenn!! 

 Years ago I created a Facebook group called Fishhawk Lake Folks .  It is a private group for those who own property here at Fishhawk Lake. We have 400 members and growing! It’s a great way to get connected with the locals, and I enjoy introducing and spotlighting some of  our Fishhawk Lake Folks!!

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A Great Moving Company that comes to Fishhawk Lake!

November 2nd, 2015

Do You Want a GREAT Moving Company?

We had a tough move ahead. Downsizing from 6214 sq ft to 1500. And we live out in the sticks, waaaaaay out in the country and don’t even have cell service.

So I am used to companies not coming out to Fishhawk Lake.

My husband has an assistant who was trying to help us by doing some research. She came up with a moving company. I called, thinking, great this is one less thing I have to do in this massive move, changing our entire lifestyle,  while also selling my home and continuing my busy real estate business at Fishhawk Lake.

They don’t come out here, they informed me.


So, I was back to square one.
I have moved over 35 times and only once in those years did I use a moving company and that was 1979.

So, I went online–blindly searching.

Somehow, I was guided, the force was with me. I don’t even know how I did it.


What research terms did I use? No clue.


I happened upon

All My Sons Moving & Storage

I immediately liked the name. Crazy, but it felt right.

All My Sons Moving & Storage

Then I watched some terrific video, and of course now I can’t find it. But, my instincts said, this video is really great, they are saying all of the things I want to hear.

I e-mailed them that night. Their website was easy to navigate. There were some moments that I definitely felt some divine intervention going on. Like the first contact person’s name was Andy who immediately responded to my e-mail on their site. I liked that and his name is the same as my sister’s.

I called the next day.

I spoke with Joe. We had an incredibly wonderful conversation.  He and I got along famously and as it turned out he had lived in Weirton, WV, an incredibly small town where my dad was born.

I was being guided!

He answered all of the tough questions that I had listed thanks to my friend, Kathy Streib whom I reached out to in order to find the right company and she wrote a blog about How to Hire a Mover.


The move was seamless, the guys (three of them), Renaldo, Josh and Estefan all introduced themselves and shook my hand as they got out of the truck. It went quickly, with no problems–even though I had a few challenges that I introduced to them during the moving process.

They were sweet, fast and truly wonderful guys.

It was all done in about 4 hours and only cost me $675.00.

My husband had planned for $2,000!!!

I can’t say enough about All My Sons Moving and I have to say that they did everything that they promised they would do and more.

They do local AND long distance moving.

They will most definitely be going on my Resource List for Fishhawk Lake!

(They even have a blog and there’s a nice post about staying safe in your neighborhood for Halloween. I’m tellin’ ya, this is a GREAT moving company!)