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Garbage smells, compost doesn’t




Note: A shorter, slightly different, version of this appeared in the Arlington Advocate. Concerns about smelly compost usually come from people who, understandably, don’t understand the difference between a compost pile and a pile of garbage. So what are the differences … Continue reading






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Three types of people, three types of compost




THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE – THREE TYPES OF COMPOST NOTE: Each year Arlington holds an EcoFest where people gather to learn about various environmentally related issues. This year I was asked to discuss compost with people. Below is a version … Continue reading






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EcoFest in Arlington Saturday March 31




This Saturday, March 31, Sustainable Arlington will host its annual EcoFest. This year the focus is on local food. Local in the sense of buying from a local farmer, and in the sense of growing it in your yard. I’ve … Continue reading






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Fast ‘urban compost’ – saving energy outside the home




This summer I kept more than 1,000 lbs. of “garbage” from getting hauled dozens of miles away in a 3 mpg vehicle to an incinerator. I also saved money and got great compost. Spurred by a question from JP Greenhouse, … Continue reading






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Stupidity, spinning on your ceiling




There are a lot of stupid things spinning around, particularly on the internet. On the energy side, one piece of advice that always annoys me is to ‘reverse your ceiling fan in winter’ because it is supposed to circulate the … Continue reading






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Thermal images of your home




There have been several articles recently about thermal images that will be taken of some Arlington/Lexington homes. Neither Arlington HEET or Sustainable Arlington is affiliated with the program, we don’t get any money from it, and we won’t be able … Continue reading






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Tired of paying someone to get rid of ice dams each year?




A lot of people are getting ice dams this year… a lot of people get ice dams every year.Why? In most cases it is due to a lack of insulation, air-sealing, or both. (Spoiler: If you want to read the … Continue reading






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Cool in the summer part II – Its the humidity




That annoying saying, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity” is true. The heat wave we’re currently experiencing in Arlington is a double-whammy with high heat and high humidity (humidity was over 90% Saturday morning around 6 am.) What to … Continue reading






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Cool in the summer part III-Insulation & Weatherization




Admittedly, thinking about insulation or weatherization in the summer is something we’re not accustomed to.  In the winter we think about all the heat lost, in the summer we want to lose more of it. Insulation and weatherization are, however, … Continue reading






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Cool in the summer




Heat Wave The blog is woefully out of date, but after having gone through one heat wave and about to enter another (with higher humidity) it seems time to add some information about keeping cool in an Arlington summer in … Continue reading






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