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The Cabin: A Friend of the Environment and a Sustainable Home

When most people think of the cabin, they think of that classic log home.  They think of the wood stove and fireplace, the rustic décor, and the uncertainty of indoor plumbing.  All reasonable and expected thoughts.  Visually, the cabin hasn’t changed much over the years, depending, of course, on what you consider a cabin.  Most people consider the cabin to be a structure made from timber surrounding it, or at least made to look like it was made from that timber.  In any case, while the…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on August 15, 2016 at 6:03am — No Comments

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

by Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute

What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and …

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on August 10, 2016 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.

Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Elevate Energy Mythbusters: Windows & Attics Edition

This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley.

Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions.  Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true.

Our Perception

Windows: We see through them every day and curse the drafts coming through and around them. We are certain that old windows are the main culprit behind why we spend so much…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 24, 2016 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Energy Burden by Income

It’s no surprise that household energy expenditures put a considerable burden on low- to middle-income families, and a study correlated this impact by measuring the correlation between income and morbidity due to extreme heat or cold.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection published the results of the study that analyzed data between 2006 and 2010. The study analyzed morbidity rates due simply to extreme temperatures. They found that counties throughout the U.S. that…

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Added by jackie harsha on June 5, 2016 at 4:24pm — 2 Comments

Millennials Want to Take Part in Clean Energy Initiatives, But...



One of the biggest praises that you see given to Millennials is that they are leading the charge in the green energy movement, that they are concerned with the environment and the state of the planet, and that they are determined to instigate changes that better the rest of the world. The…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on April 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

5 More Convenient Ways To Go Green In Your House

Coming to grips that the way you live is doing more harm to the environment than good is a fairly easy thing to recognize. Changing your lifestyle to accommodate that is a little bit different. It’s easy to do what’s more convenient and usually that means not changing anything. But if we care about the earth we live in and the generations that will come after us, going green is key in sustaining healthy lives!…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on February 25, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Well-Built Dumb Home

Well-Built Dumb Home

  • One of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 17, 2016 at 5:45am — 3 Comments

10 Easy Ways to Winter-Proof your Home!

     Winter brings with it a lot of excitement. Starting from enjoying the warmth of your room and wearing trendy winter wear to playing outside, enjoying the snow and drinking hot beverages etc, you have a lot to look forward to, in winter. However, some small mistakes on your part can ruin…

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Added by SmithWatson on January 22, 2016 at 10:33pm — No Comments

No Solar Panels only a Solar Roof

Modular Lifestyles is innovating Factory Built Modular homes to be Net Zero reducing the on site contractors to promote sustainability. We are perfecting to achieve Net Zero operation using a controlled factory environment to build affordable green homes for less money than site built. It is a proven way to duplicate zero operating cost homes using proven results in a consistent building envelope manner in most climates.…

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Added by Steven Lefler on December 4, 2015 at 10:48am — 5 Comments

Setting up Your HVAC for Fall Maintenance

Summer is slowing down, you feel the first chill noticeable all around. It helps us to remember a great deal of things: leaves, the occasions/events, all things pumpkin, yet what you ought to likewise put on that rundown is your fall upkeep on your warmer! After a long summer, your HVAC(Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System) needs the majority of its parts looked at! An inspection guarantees your system is running at…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on November 3, 2015 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Air Sealing and Insulation Joins the Cost Versus Value Study

It’s really nice when hard work pays off.

As part of the collaborative efforts of the Value for High Performance Homes Campaign, we were able to get an energy efficiency measure – air sealing and insulation – added to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value study. This matters because it legitimizes a valuable, low-cost, and manageable home improvement project which home…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 17, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

Common acronyms and definitions

The building science and home performance industry is full of confusing acronyms. These acronyms are used a lot in articles, blog posts. social media posts, webinars, conference sessions, etc. To help you, we have compiled a list of some of the more popular acronyms you’re likely to hear or read.

ABAA – Air Barrier Association of America

The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 and consists of…

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Added by Kim Tanner on September 14, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

At PlugFest, Energy Efficiency Plays Well With Real Estate

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot happening right now at the intersection of home energy performance and real estate.

Let’s set the scene first. As you may have experienced, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort,…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 8, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Do you know your boiler is about to Blowdown! Save it!

As winters knock on the doors, the use of boilers is stretched to its extreme limit, ensuring proper warmth in the house. Thus, it is imperative that the boiler is repaired and maintained on a regular basis. This will ensure that when the winter season is at its peak, the boiler works in the perfect condition and there is no breaking down instances. This will help the residents of a house to be prepared to face harsh winters. Moreover, proper maintenance will ensure appropriate fuel bills.…

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Added by SmithWatson on August 5, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

How to Use Landscape Architecture to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

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There are two reasons why residential home owners evaluate energy efficient options. The…

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Added by Greg Hannah on July 27, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Five Types of Solar Solutions for Homes in Tampa

Smart home owners know solar energy offers an economical power source with obvious environmental benefits, but the upfront cost of buying and installing a system keep many away from adopting this new technology. Tampa, however, is a city that has whole-heartedly adopted solar power and is doing everything to realize its full potential. Solar companies in Tampa are therefore offering a number of solutions for not just big commercial houses but also individual to fit every budget, thus…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on June 10, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Some Useful Information about Furnace Air Filters

There is not much we can do about the air pollution outside of a house in Ottawa, Canada, but we can do something about the air pollution in your home, emanating from your furnace and air conditioning systems. It does not matter if you live in Montreal, Gatineau Canada, Mississauga or the GTA, OttawaFurnaceFilters.ca has you covered to help you breathe clean air, wild paying less at wholesale prices.

If you are looking for…

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Added by Ottawa Furnace Filters on May 21, 2015 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

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