Energy-Saving Strategies - Think Again

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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 ...

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Ventilation/Cooling Method Needs User Input

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May 01, 1999

Many U.S. homebuilders and buyers view compressor cooling as a necessity, even in mild climates. But the widespread use of compressor cooling causes several problems, especially in warmer regions like the West Coast. [continue reading]

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Finding the Whole-House Fan That Fits

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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May 01, 1999

Whole-house fans cool homes very efficiently in many parts of the country. But they have come under fire for creating leaks into the attic, causing potential depressurization problems, and being noisy. [continue reading]

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A Bright Future for Advanced Fireplaces

Author: Skip Hayden
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January 01, 1999

The severe ice storm of January 1998 in eastern Canada and the northeastern United States showed the benefits of efficient gas and wood fireplaces that can operate independently of electricity, and increased interest in high-performing fireplaces that supply comfortable heat during an extended power outage. [continue reading]

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Oversized Kitchen Fans--An Exhausting Problem

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January 01, 1999

The Bigger is Better mentality strikes deep into the heart of the American home. Sure, American consumers will live with low flush toilets; they'll put up with low-wattage lights; but when it comes to the kitchen, they want the culinary equivalent of the sports utility vehicle. [continue reading]

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Saving Energy with Reflective Roofs

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November 01, 1998

In 11 Florida homes with roofs coated with a white material during midsummer, average air conditioning energy use decreased by 8 kWh/day, or 19%. [continue reading]

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Insulation in the heating system--A Source of Black Stains

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November 01, 1998

Stains in homes have many different sources. In my job as an industrial hygienist, I have seen a wide variety of substances that can create stains, including mold growth, vehicle exhaust, combustion appliances, tobacco smoke, cooking fumes, and even candles (see "Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts?" HE Jan/Feb '98, p. 15). [continue reading]

To Zero and Beyond!

Ann Edminster

To Zero and Beyond!

The Net-Zero Energy Coalition convened the second Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit from March 3–5 as part of NESEA’...

The Evolution of Home Energy Management

Charlie Hewitt

The Evolution of Home Energy Management

In the hierarchy of dreaded activities, reviewing the monthly electricity bill ranks alongside stepping on the bathroom scale. As with ...

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