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Massachusetts Audits: MORE SMILES THAN SAVINGS

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July 01, 1998

Massachusetts is the hold-out. When the federal Residential Conservation Service law expired in 1990, most states got rid of mandatory home energy audits. But a 1980 state law still requires Massachusetts electric and gas utilities to provide home energy audits to customers on demand, paid for by a surcharge on energy bills. [continue reading]


History in a New Light: The House of the Seven Gables Lighting Retrofit

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November 01, 1998

How many historic preservationists does it take to change a light bulb? Well, a few might consider it, but most won't change a thing. Preservation is the key word here. [continue reading]


The Drug House--A Remodeling Job to Avoid

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March 01, 1999

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is a lucrative cash crop, bringing in up to $6,000/lb on the right streets, and it can easily be grown in an inconspicuous house in an average suburban neighborhood. [continue reading]


Ground Source Heat Pumps Dig In

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September 01, 1999

Ground source heat pumps (sometimes called geothermal heat pumps, Geo-Exchange Systems, or GHPs) most often exchange heat with the ground by means of a ground heat exchanger. [continue reading]

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