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Unventing Attics In Cold Climates

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November 01, 1999

As Home Energy readers know, venting attics in hot, humid climates brings a great deal of moisture into the structure (see "Conditioned Attics Save Energy in Hot Climates," HE May/June '97, p. 6). Not venting the attic avoids this problem. [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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PV Roof Tiles Heat Up in New York

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July 01, 1998

The first residential grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) system in New York State has been installed on Long Island. [continue reading]

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Conditioned Attics Save Energy in Hot Climates

Author: Ted Rieger
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May 01, 1997

Do homes with vented attics use less cooling energy than homes with unvented, conditioned attics in hot climates? With little formal research available to answer the question, common wisdom and most building codes have favored venting. [continue reading]

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Out, Out Dammed Ice!

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November 01, 1996

Anyone who has lived in a snowy climate has seen ice dams. Thick bands of ice form along the eaves of homes, causing millions of dollars of structural damage every year. [continue reading]

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Roofing and Siding Rehabs get an Energy Fix

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November 01, 1996

The old adage says, "Within every problem lies an opportunity." This is certainly the case when it comes to residing or reroofing a home. [continue reading]

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Preventing Urban Heat Catastrophes

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1996

The heat wave in Chicago last summer created a great deal of human discomfort and, by many estimates, caused over 500 deaths in three days. The overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred in buildings with indoor conditions that were reported as stifling. [continue reading]

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Where Radiant Barriers Really Shine

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July 01, 1996

Manufacturers of radiant barrier materials claim that their products significantly cut cooling costs by reducing summertime radiant heat gain through attics and ceilings (see "Conservation Clips: Radiant Barriers Test Well," p. 45). A new study confirms that radiant barriers can indeed conserve cooling energy. [continue reading]

A Pause for Reflection: After 30 Years, Conservation Services Group Considers the Future of Energy Efficiency

Kevin Farrell

A Pause for Reflection: After 30 Years, Conservation Services Group Considers the Future of Energy Efficiency

In early September, Conservation Services Group (CSG) celebrated its 30-year anniversary with more than 200 guests. During the celebration at the ...

Congratulations to the Home Performance with Energy Star Housing Innovation Award Winners!

Ely Jacobsohn

Congratulations to the Home Performance with Energy Star Housing Innovation Award Winners!

Winners for the Department of Energy’s 2014 Housing Innovations Award were announced on September 23rd during a special event ...

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