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“Window replacement has a 200 to 300 year payback period”




That quote is from Michael Blasnik, who has been mentioned on this blog several times. The full article can be seen here. I have the discussion with people all the time – people who insist that they’re going to save … 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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Insulation vs. Weatherization




If you’ve ever met me you’ve likely seen my coffee mug. If you’ve been to an A-HEET event you’ve likely seen me use that coffee mug as an example of insulation vs. weatherization. The two are very different, but go … Continue reading






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Sealing doors properly with Q-Lon




UPDATE 12/28/2010: Nails used to install Q-Lon should be either galvanized or stainless steel to prevent rusting. UPDATE 2/27.2011: I’ve updated step #11 – the Q-lon kit comes with three pieces: a top, a left and a right. The left … 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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