Electricity

Does More Wall Insulation Reduce Cooling Cost?

June 10, 2013
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      Hey, hey…It’s warm enough so that I can get back to publishing those air conditioning articles from last summer’s backlog. Does More Wall Insulation Reducing Cooling Costs? A little but way less than you think. That’s the short answer. The long answer will take…a bit longer. Adding insulation reduces heat flow. That’s […]

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Infrareddit – A Second Look at Infrared Cameras

September 18, 2012
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    In the early days of this blog, I slammed out a few articles about various pieces of equipment regularly used during audits. Looking back, the posts were a little too technical and didn’t cover enough of their practical uses in investigating homes. While the various screen resolutions and USB ports are nice, it’d […]

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Natural Cooling – Like Trellis for Shade

September 4, 2012
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  The title may not make much sense but I just saw ‘Like Water For Chocolate’. When we first were house shopping, I looked for a place with a good south solar facing. I had thoughts of a PV system tied in with a mini ductless split heating/cooling system and heat pump down the road. […]

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Natural Cooling – Awnings and Eaves

August 31, 2012
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  Hah! I haven’t dropped of the planet. Wrapping up the natural cooling series, I’m covering awning and eaves. Granted, they’re radically different in utility as one can be added easily (awnings) and the other can be added even more easily by calling a contractor and dropping a couple grand (eaves). Seriously, I thought I’d […]

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Get Natural Cooling with Shade Trees

August 20, 2012
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  Anyone else want to crack a Monty Python shrubbery joke first thing? No? Just me then. Oh, well anyway … My company, Free Energy Maine, has a motto: “The best bill is one you don’t have to pay.” We were thinking about heating and oil bills when we coined it, but it’s just as […]

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