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This online-only article is a supplement to the May/June 2016
print edition of Home Energy Magazine.
April 04, 2016
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’t take long to discover his pool pump’s freeze protection mode. He had a ¾ hp pump that would kick on for 12–14 hours per day, drawing 3 kW, whenever the air temperature dropped.
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