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A Song of Ice and Fire – The Street Side Energy Audit

August 12, 2013
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  When my wife and I bought our current house, one appeal was that it was largely uninsulated. Given the choice between somewhat insulated and uninsulated, give me the blank slate every time. We moved in September and between the start of a super busy audit season and unpacking, any desired projects were temporarily back-burnered. […]

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Ban The Can: Why You Should Avoid Recessed Lights

July 29, 2013
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    That image above is of a recessed light in a house built in 1994. The blower door was 5750 CFM50, which unless one were testing the Astrodome, is quite high. The outside temperature was around 10F and you can see that inside the can is 27F. Bad bad bad. I ran into a […]

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5 (Fairly) Simple DIY Projects to Save Energy

June 17, 2013
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    I like simple projects because, hey, simple. It’s like whipping up a nice tortellini and pesto dish versus tackling a full blown chicken mole (and for the non-culinarily inclined, check out this epic you-gotta-be-kidding-me recipe for Rick Bayless’ Oaxacan Chicken Mole). They’re both satisfying but one is liable to make the average home […]

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The Worst House Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 3

March 11, 2013
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    To recap: Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. The house had built in 2008, which hit one of my pet peeves: That new automatically means good. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re legally allowed to build.” […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.16 – More Giant Chimney Holes

November 9, 2012
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    I posted an example before of the massive chimney hole that lives in many northern homes. This one is a little different. The previous post was of a gable end chimney that had been framed in when a previous homeowner built a garage and great room over the garage. This is a more […]

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