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A(n Energy Efficient) Night Before Christmas

It seems like every one and their brother has a Night Before Christmas parody. Mine appeared in fragments on Twitter a short while ago, during an odd moment of creative inspiration, and would’ve been completely lost to Twistory, had it not been for my good friend Sean Lintow Sr.…

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Added by John Poole on December 23, 2013 at 10:37am — 5 Comments

Three Simple Acts That Can Make A Difference

 

This past April 22nd was Earth Day 2011, and it's official theme was A Billion Acts of Green. The basic idea is that, if at least a billion of us each pledged to perform some relatively simple “act of green”, we’d all be that much closer to a greener, more sustainable world. Here are examples of three simple, relatively low cost (lightweight, if you…

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Added by John Poole on May 5, 2011 at 1:39pm — No Comments

How To Kill A Watt While Sizing a UPS

In my last two posts, I described some basic water conservation measures we’ve taken at the Poole Ancestral Homestead. We’ll return to that topic in the near future. But for now, I’ve turned my attention to optimizing our home’s use of electric power.

Utility-provided electricity is often an expensive form of energy. And it’s seldom efficient, because coal- and gas-fired plants (from which most of us get our electricity) actually waste a great deal of energy in the form of heat…

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Added by John Poole on March 28, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Low-Flow Aerators All Around

Today, another small step on the Poole Ancestral Homestead’s journey to deep-energy-retrofit nirvana was taken, and it consisted of installing low-flow aerators on all of our faucets. [article]

Added by John Poole on March 20, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Long Journey Begins With A (Low-Flow) Shower

They say a long journey begins with a few small steps. Yesterday, I unofficially initiated the long-term energy retrofit of the Poole Ancestral Homestead by simply installing a water saving showerhead.

The new showerhead is a 1.5 gallon-per-minute, all brass, chrome finished, Victorian-styled showerhead made by Danze, which I obtained from my friends at Energy Circle...[…

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Added by John Poole on March 17, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Building Best Practices: Bag Your Safety Gear!

That’s right: Bag your safety gear! No, I don’t mean discard it. A practice I’ve established for myself is using a gear bag for dedicated storage of all my personal safety gear. And nothing else. Keeping everything in a single, protected place means I know where things are when I need them, and nothing gets lost, crushed, scratched, or outright destroyed. Face it; personal safety equipment is vitally important. It deserves its own, dedicated, protective carrier...[…

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Added by John Poole on December 19, 2010 at 5:56pm — No Comments

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