Mary James

Mary James is the publisher of Home Energy magazine.

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Refining Straw Bale R-values

Author: Mary James
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March 01, 1999

A new test of the thermal performance of a wall built with 19-inch straw bales laid flat revealed that the wall had an R-value of 27.5. [continue reading]

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New ASHRAE Ventilation Standard

Author: Mary James
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May 01, 1999

Ventilation in the housing stock accounts for one-third to one-half of the space conditioning load, primarily through uncontrolled air leakage. [continue reading]

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California Building Codes Change

Author: Mary James
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May 01, 1999

Last November, the California Energy Commission approved the 1998 version of the Alternative Calculation Methods (ACM) section of Title 24, which regulates the energy efficiency performance of new residential construction. [continue reading]

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A California Earthen Home

Author: Mary James
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May 01, 1999

In the Wine Country of Northern California, where July and August daytime temperatures are dependably in the 90s and can top 100°F, building a 6,000 ft2 home and not installing air conditioning seems naive. [continue reading]

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Easy Mortgages with Energy Rated Homes of Vermont

Author: Mary James
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July 01, 1999

Interested in a mortgage for energy-efficient home improvements, but bewildered by the process? If you live in Vermont, you're in luck. Energy Rated Homes of Vermont (ERH-VT) has set up a one-stop service to streamline the approval of energy improvement mortgages (EIMs). [continue reading]

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Affordable Comfort Reaches New Heights

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September 01, 1999

The annual Affordable Comfort conference, which took place this spring in Chicago, was an occasion to indulge in information overload and have a bit of fun. [continue reading]

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More Money for Green Houses

Author: Mary James
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November 01, 1999

Financing that dream green home may be getting easier. [continue reading]

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Easy Mortgages with Energy Rated Homes of Vermont

Author: Mary James
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July 01, 1999

Interested in a mortgage for energy-efficient home improvements, but bewildered by the process? If you live in Vermont, you're in luck. [continue reading]

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Combating Sneaky Electricity Consumers

Combating Sneaky Electricity Consumers

Mary James

You bought the new computer for yourself, the game module for your kids, those great new lamps that really brighten up the living room; then, one day you noticed your utility bill had really jumped.  Using less heat and shivering through November didn’t cut it. Welcome to the brave new world of energy use in your home.  Traditionally, heating and cooling, along with water heating, have consumed most of the energy ... [continue reading]

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