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LEFTOVERS

Author: Jim Obst
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January 01, 1993

You are what you refrigerate. Sociologists Bruce Hackett and Loren Lutzenhiser probed the intimate ways people relate to their refrigerators ("Shelf Life: An Inquiry Into What--and who--Can Be Found in Your Refrigerator," May/Jun '87, p. 17). [continue reading]

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Out The Window with U-Guessed-It Values

Author: Jim Obst
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July 01, 1993

Thermal performance in a window is expressed as a "U-value," a measure of heat transfer through it--the greater the heat loss, the higher the U-value. [continue reading]

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Pulling Utilities Together: Water-Energy Partnerships

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July 01, 1993

Install high-efficiency showerheads and faucets in the average U.S. house, and the water meter will report about 6,000 gallons of water saved in one year. Not bad. But the savings continue. If the house has an electric water heater, the electric meter will show about 600 kilowatt-hours savings; if it's a gas heater, the savings will be 30 therms. [continue reading]

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LOOKING AHEAD Raising Standards and Savings New Group Hunts Bad Ducts

Author: Jim Obst
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September 01, 1993

Does 40 billion kWh sound like a lot of energy? How about 4 billion therms? Researchers believe that's how much electrical and gas energy this country could save by fixing inefficient ducts using current techniques. [continue reading]

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