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Energy Efficiency in Historic Homes

May 01, 2005

There are a few hurdles to overcome in retrofitting historic homes, such as staying out of the way of visitors, but the effort can lead to greater energy efficiency, greater comfort, and better protection for precious artifacts. [continue reading]


The Avocados, The Golds - The Replaceables?

January 01, 2003

Can you spot an inefficient refrigerator by its color or its age? Tests reveal which rules a program administrator can depend on. [continue reading]


Those Wild Ducts in Your Walls

June 16, 2001

More than three-fifths of the households in the U.S. heat or cool their homes with ducted forced air systems, so chances are good that air ducts are lurking within your walls, floors, or ceilings. [continue reading]


New Wall System Keeps the Lead Out and the Heat In

November 01, 1997

The presence of lead-based paint in older multifamily housing is a major public health concern. Dealing with these lead hazards offers opportunities for improving not only the health of the occupants but also the energy performance of the units. [continue reading]


Affordable Housing: Efficient and Educational

May 01, 1998

Housing cannot be truly affordable unless it is affordable to live in. A new low-income housing development in Chicago, called Parkside Estates, uses energy-saving technologies to lower operating costs without increasing purchase price. [continue reading]


HERS Experiment Cause for Confidence

September 01, 1999

At last April's Affordable Comfort conference, I conducted a small HERS experiment to examine the relative variability of ratings in new and older homes. [continue reading]


Lighting: An Energy Efficient Future

June 16, 2001

Can you save money with compact fluorescent bulbs? [continue reading]


Is Buying a New Refrigerator a Good Investment?

January 01, 2001

If you have an older refrigerator - particularly one that is more than ten years old - it may be a good idea to recycle your old refrigerator and replace it with a new refrigerator that complies with current energy efficiency standards. [continue reading]

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