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Free light bulbs from Mass Save




I received a bunch of free CFL and LED bulbs from MassSave as a blogger. I was very clear that I was going to say what I wanted, not necessarily nice things. I held up my end of the bargain, as … Continue reading






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Up the chimney, all year long




Fireplaces can be great fun during the winter, providing ambiance and some added heat in the immediate vicinity. They can also be a huge waste of energy year-round. In weatherization we often talk about the “stack effect,” which is also … 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Heat Wave The blog is woefully out of date, but after having gone through one heat wave and about to enter another (with higher humidity) it seems time to add some information about keeping cool in an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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One barnraising down, one entire town to go




September was our first “barnraising,” or weatherization event.  Forty people came together on a cold rainy day to seal up a low-income two-family home run by the Housing Corporation of Arlington. We had forty people working on this house. First … Continue reading






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