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Living Better with Less Energy

At times, the solutions to our problems are hiding in plain sight. Sometimes the hardest part is taking the time to examine things that we assume don’t need to be examined. Consider my ...

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Germany's Efficient Homes

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January 01, 2008

German energy agency, dena's, Efficient Homes project is tapping into substantial energy savings through the retrofits of existing buildings. [continue reading]

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Why Leave a Gap in Crawlspace Insulation?

Author: Cyrus Dastur
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July 01, 2007

I read your article “Closed Crawlspaces Do Double Duty,” from the 2005 Special Issue (p. 32), with great interest.  The crawlspace in our new home is built over a 4-inch cement floor over plastic ... [continue reading]

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Who Says Water and Electricity Don't Mix?

Author: Tony Laska
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June 07, 2007

Oregon boasts a national reputation for being green, both in its mountain watersheds and in environmental awareness. For nearly five years, residential customers of Oregon’s largest electric and gas providers have been receiving ... [continue reading]

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Smart Irrigation

Author: Tom Ash
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June 05, 2007

Water is pumped for miles, sometimes hundreds of miles, from its source to 90% of U.S. homes. This takes an enormous amount of energy; in California, it represents the single largest use of energy statewide. ... [continue reading]

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Saving Water Indoors

Author: Peter Mayer
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June 01, 2007

In most U.S. cities, single-family homes make up the single largest source of demand for water. [continue reading]

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Copper and Cast Iron

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May 06, 2007

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]

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The California Solar Initiative

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March 20, 2007

For an increasing number of Californians, renewable energy is an obvious choice. Harnessing the earth’s own inexhaustible energy—whether from the sun, wind, biomass, or other renewable sources—can reduce dependence ... [continue reading]

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Finding a Partnership Between Solar and Energy Efficiency

Author: Matt Golden
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March 19, 2007

A San Francisco business takes a holistic and systematic approach to home energy conservation by coupling clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. [continue reading]

The Environmental Benefits of Restoring Old Homes

Holly Welles

The Environmental Benefits of Restoring Old Homes

The sustainability movement has swept across the construction industry. Green homebuilding has grown in favor because of its health benefits, ...

How Building Managers Can Future-Proof their Buildings

Ivo Grossi

How Building Managers Can Future-Proof their Buildings

In a time when climate change is becoming a familiar topic and living more sustainably is being sought out by ...

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