The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...

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Comfort to the Maxx

Author: Steve Mann
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January 07, 2010

In the September/October issue of Home Energy, which includes the Home Performance Contractor’s Business Development Guide, David Butler makes an important point about home performance contracting (p. 6): “The home performance industry ... [continue reading]

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Mold & Rot: Look Before You Leap When Weatherizing

Author: Mac Pierce
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January 06, 2010

Molds are an ancient life form. Neither plants nor animals, molds are members of the Kingdom of the Fungi. Familiar members of the fungal kingdom include molds, mushrooms, and yeasts. Fungi digest spent life, transforming ... [continue reading]

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Is There a Downside to High-MERV Filters?

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November 02, 2009

The new high-MERV filters extract an energy penalty. [continue reading]

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Current Status of Residential Cogeneration

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November 01, 2009

Almost all of our electricity is produced by large centralized power plants that supply power to the electric grid. Only one-third of the fuel energy supplied to these coal and natural gas power plants is ... [continue reading]

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The Elephant in the Room

Author: David Butler
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September 01, 2009

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Which Comes First, Lighting or Heating?

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July 01, 2009

How much energy and money do homeowners save - or lose - by replacing incandescent lights with CFLs? [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...

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