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One of the first homes Mike McFarland evaluated was his own. McFarland, owner of Energy Docs Home Performance in Redding, California, was curious about why his energy use spiked in December and January. It didn&...

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Improving Hot Water Delivery in Multifamily Buildings

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June 05, 2007

Central water-heating systems, which handle large amounts of energy and water, are usually more efficient than individual water heaters for multifamily buildings. This is because the total volume of hot water being stored is reduced, ... [continue reading]

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The Water-Energy Nexus

Author: Ronnie Cohen
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June 01, 2007

It’s not a secret, but most people don’t think about it. Once you know, however, it seems obvious. Water uses a tremendous amount of energy. It is not just a matter ... [continue reading]

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Achieving Water Efficiency Through Performance Contracting

Author: Tom Horner
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June 01, 2007

As the vice president of a company that helps building owners and operators all across the country save water, I’m confronted with the magnitude of our thirst for water and the costs to ... [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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Building Water Efficiency Into Green Homes

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May 28, 2007

How much is 25 million gallons of water?  Enough to fill 200 million 16-oz bottles.  Enough bottles to keep you busy for the next 60 years, if you decide to count them down in “99 bottles ... [continue reading]

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Understanding Solar-Thermal Systems

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March 19, 2007

Why should homeowners invest in a solar-thermal system? It’s all about economics. With rising energy prices, many homeowners are now thinking of adding a solar component to their home, but they may feel ... [continue reading]

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Travis Weeks

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna Henderson

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...

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