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Home Energy's Consumer Guide to Insulation

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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September 01, 1996

Between 50% and 70% of the energy consumed in the typical American home goes toward heating and cooling, accounting for a large chunk of the total energy bill. [continue reading]

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Advanced Houses of the World

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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November 30, 1999

Ecolonia in the Netherlands, Lotissement Solaire Aurore in France, Wädenswil and Brunnadern Zero Heating Energy Buildings in Switzerland, and Egebjerggärd III and Tubberupvænge II in Denmark-these are a few of the Advanced Houses of the World [continue reading]

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New Window Ratings to Indicate Seasonal Performance

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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January 01, 1997

What's the best way to inform window buyers about a product's energy characteristics? As with appliance energy labels, there is considerable debate over how to give people an accurate and useful representation of the product without overwhelming them with confusing numbers (see "New Appliance Labels Emphasize Energy Use," HE Jan/Feb '96, p. 7). [continue reading]

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Can A New Duct Test Take The Pressure?

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January 01, 1997

Ten years ago, residential duct leakage testing was nonexistent. Today, it is routine for many energy conservation programs. Everyone has a favorite duct test, and many managers have adapted tests to meet the needs of their particular program. [continue reading]

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Solar Power Rising to a Million Roofs in the Millennium

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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July 01, 1999

In an effort to spark a sustained solar renaissance and cut U.S. emissions of global warming gases, President Clinton in June of 1997 announced an initiative to put solar energy systems on a million U.S. rooftops by the year 2010. [continue reading]

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Finding the Whole-House Fan That Fits

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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May 01, 1999

Whole-house fans cool homes very efficiently in many parts of the country. But they have come under fire for creating leaks into the attic, causing potential depressurization problems, and being noisy. [continue reading]

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