Energy-Saving Strategies - Think Again
The rules regarding home energy savings are changing. New technologies and shifting realities are showing us that many of the old energy-saving dictums are now obsolete. If, for instance, you look at the top energy-saving ...
Q I live in a 1920s Wardman row house in Washington, D.C. The house has a cast-iron radiator heating system. I hired a local contractor to do some bathroom renovations. It was necessary to ... [continue reading]
Plumber’s Bummer This picture was taken from inside a mobile home. The plumber had run the water lines inside the ductwork to prevent freezing. However, he failed to seal the ductwork back. We ... [continue reading]
Matthew Holtkamp knew when he was in technical school at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, that he would have his own HVAC business some day. In 1996 his dream became a reality when ... [continue reading]
Energy Star has promoted programmable thermostats since 1995, estimating that consumers will save 10%–30% on their heating and cooling energy bills. With sales of programmable thermostats doubling in the last ten years, and with more than 25 ... [continue reading]
Training in the whole-house approach to home performance gives contractors the ability to save lives as well as energy. [continue reading]
Reality-LLC is my consulting firm based in southern Arizona. Water is a precious resource here—as it is ...
One challenge seems to be at the forefront of a lot of the discussions I'm having with colleagues and ...