Appliances

Energy Retrofits Without Energy Audits

August 5, 2013
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    While some building folks have opined that energy audits are less than essential, I am admittedly biased. It is what I do. But it raises an interesting question: how could one do the work on a house and ensure air quality, warmth, comfort and moisture control without an audit? What minimum provisions would […]

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Concentric Vents and Blizzard Nemo

July 31, 2013
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    Blizzard Nemo clobbered Maine and most of the eastern seaboard this past February. Snow blanketed the entire coast, piling especially high in the Appalachian foothills. We slogged through a three foot dump in Portland. 50 MPH gusts whipped snow every way, sculpting enormous snow drifts in almost alien landscapes. That’s what our family […]

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Sealed Combustion Heating and the Appliance Hot Tub Party

July 24, 2013
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    Sealed combustion systems are apt to become more central to efficient building as the new energy codes introduce air tightness standards. This implicitly means that you’ll need to pay attention to your heating system safety. And conveniently those codes also lay out explicit guidelines for combustion systems. Building and energy codes often get […]

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Can Switching to a Dual Flush Toilet Save Heat?

August 10, 2012
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  First off, my wife just joked that I used a photo of a ‘male’ bathroom. Seat up and two rolls of toilet paper. Regarding the heat savings, we’ll see…I haven’t done the math yet. But it is a minor claim occasionally made alongside those of saving toilet water. Dual flush or low flow toilets […]

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The Difference Between Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers

July 16, 2012
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  There’s a great Patton Oswalt bit where he contemplates meeting George Lucas in 1996 (gotta love the oblique intros). After slobbering over the original trilogy and just about suffering an aneurysm over a possible new trilogy, his enthusiasm tapers down dramatically. He finds out what the new movies will be about, namely all the […]

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