Insulation

Hot Water Pipes and Basement Sills – The Secret Heat Loss

July 1, 2013
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    I’ll preface this by saying that this photo is from my basement…notice the insulated sills in the background (*strains arm patting self on the back*). I wrote previously about low cost/high impact DIY projects for the enterprising homeowner. These are projects that are both common and if so desired, well within the means […]

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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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Should I Insulate My Garage Door?

June 14, 2013
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    One of the core questions an auditor asks themselves during a home inspection is ‘Where is the thermal boundary?’ and ‘Where is the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts?’ Those two questions run neck and neck. The thermal boundary is the demarcation line for energy movement between the unconditioned exterior and conditioned interior air. This can […]

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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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A Belated Energy Auditor New Year’s Resolution

May 20, 2013
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      The beauty of this title given my article backlog is that I can publish it any time, even next year. It’s multi-purpose. The folks at Maine Green Building Supply have been discussing the ‘Pretty Good House’ for several months now and I’ve had the chance to sit in on a few of […]

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