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My mother just selected a contractor to replace her front door.  The low bid was half of the medium bid and the medium bid was half the high bid.  She didn’t like any of the salesmen and the doors were pretty much the same in construction and features.  So why did she pick the medium bid?  My mother is a savvy shopper and knows when she’s getting ... [continue reading]

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Berkeley Lab Study Assesses Residential Cooking Exhaust Hoods

Allan Chen

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Macie Melendez

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Macie Melendez

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My Home’s Recent LEED Silver Certification

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Jim Gunshinan

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Macie Melendez

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Energy Out West

Energy Out West

Jim Gunshinan

The Energy Out West conference is held every other year and began in 1996 when a group of people doing weatherization work in the Northwest thought they could help each other do it better. The current president of Energy Out West (EOW) is Mimi Burbage, who should be familiar to readers of Home Energy and anyone in weatherization. Mimi brings that independent, Alaska, straight talk style to whatever she does, from heading the Alaska Housing Finance ... [continue reading]

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