ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ...

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Carpenter's Omission

Author: Zolton Cohen
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May 06, 2009

My wife and I moved into our 1917 American Foursquare house 21 years ago. Before the first winter, we had a contractor blow the sidewalls full of insulation. While he was doing the job, he remarked that ... [continue reading]

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European Home Energy

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March 09, 2009

Denmark is taking steps to meet, and then exceed, the European Union's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive for single-family homes. [continue reading]

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Confessions of a Sinner

Author: Rod Janssen
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March 09, 2009

Good intentions abound worldwide for improvements in energy efficiency in efforts to curb the effects of global warming, with governments mandating enormous cuts in C02 emissions. In Europe, where I live, the buildings sector is ... [continue reading]

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The Chimney Balloon

Author: Mark Furst
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March 09, 2009

Most homeowners like to have the option of using the fireplace once in a while. I operate Grading Spaces LLC, Home Inspection and Performance Analysis, serving residences in southern Wisconsin since 2002. It’s the ... [continue reading]

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Energy Efficient Mortgages

Author: Steve Mann
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March 09, 2009

Of all the topics I've written about for Home Energy, energy-efficient mortgages (EEMs) have generated the most questions. There seems to be a lack of understanding about this Federal Housing Administration (FHA) program among home ... [continue reading]

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Raters Offer Time and Talent to Habitat for Humanity

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January 02, 2009

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), Building America, and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to recruit certified home energy raters willing to volunteer rating services to a Habitat affiliate in their area. When a rater ... [continue reading]

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Macie Melendez

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Another really hot summer is winding down, with dramatic forest fires capping off a fourth year of drought in the ...

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

Andy Rodenhiser

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

Commitment to superior customer service is one of the reasons that Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, HVAC and Electric has served the ...

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