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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.10 – Release The Kraken!

July 14, 2012
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    This image comes from John Poole of A Preservationist’s Technical Notebook via Allison Bailes over at Energy Vanguard. It’s a well traveled picture. We don’t have air ducting as often in Maine as other sections of the country. Less need for air conditioning means less need for ducting for air conditioning. These installations […]

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Life After The Low Hanging Fruit – What is Peak Oil?

June 29, 2012
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  As an aside, peak oil in it’s own way got me into the energy profession…long story. What is peak oil? And why does it produce such a polarized response when you bring it up? I mean, seriously…Google “peak oil” and randomly pick a few sites. They all either tout peak oil as the ecological […]

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How to Air Seal a Chimney Frame?

May 6, 2012
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  Around when I wrote this article, I was writing up an audit of a Cape-style house. From that, I wrote about air sealing and insulating knee walls, which may be the largest common air leak most homeowners are aware of. Leaks around the chimney chase may be the largest air leak almost no one […]

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Green, Energy Efficient and Money Saving Links

April 16, 2012
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  Say what?!? Solar electric spray paint? That’s right…paint that generates solar electricity. Electric car doesn’t have enough range *bang* electric paint. Smart phone is dying *bang* electric paint. Technology can get us a little giddy every once in a while but this feels positively Jetsonian. The List 10 Tips for When You’re Remodeling Your […]

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How to Seal Air Ducts

March 25, 2012
How to Seal Air Ducts

  One of the most underappreciated and most easily fixed problems in homes is that of poorly sealed duct work. Homes which control their interior climate with ducted air systems can only do so as effectively as the distribution system moves the conditioned air. If you seal the return and supply air ducts, it can […]

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