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10 Ways to Cool a House Without Air Conditioning

Sleeping on the front porch after a hot summer day was a straight out necessity. The upstairs of the 1940’s farm house had turned into a sauna and sleeping in the upstairs bedrooms was not possible. Even after the sun went down, the upstairs seemed to get hotter. Let's look at some ways to cool a house without air conditioning?

Now that I spend time trying to figure out how a home can be more energy efficient, I think back to those hot summer days and wonder two…


Added by Don Ames on August 22, 2012 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

High Efficiency Fireplace

How to Raise the Efficiency of Your Fireplace

by Don Ames,


Story tells of a gentleman that came home from work…


Added by Don Ames on November 8, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Your Wood Burning Fireplace is a Loser

Wood Burning Fireplace: Energy Efficiency Loser.

by Don Ames,, and the eNewsletter, the Energy Spy Insider

People can have a Love-hate relationship with their wood burning fireplace. There is a lot of loving and hating going on right about now, because cooler weather has come and there are about 35 million fireplaces in the U.S. Whether we are hanging the Christmas stockings with care or trying…


Added by Don Ames on November 6, 2011 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments


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