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Most of the energy and effort going into green buildings these days is directed at new construction. This is good, as far as it goes: changing the course of architecture and construction is key to getting the industry to change practices in the long-run. But we know that in 2020,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Amicus Answers
The summer attic; it's hot. Really hot. 140 degrees Fahrenheit, sometimes hotter. Boilers attached to your radiators make water cooler than this for heating. So getting that heat out of your attic should prevent some of it from heating your house and should decrease your air conditioning bills, right? It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at Amicus Answers
If the gods of compound interest were shining on Big Brother Sam, then you got a big, fat check back from the IRS. Normally, that would mean you lost about 4% on that money (YOUR MONEY) this year. If you bought GE during March 2009, you're up 300%+.oh, wait, you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Amicus Answers
The Punchline Tankless hot water heating only makes financial or comfort sense in certain situations - maybe 20% of situations, if that. The Guts The average gas hot water heater costs $300 to $400 per year to run for a household of 3-4 people (maybe $100/person-yr). Standing losses are $50... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Amicus Answers
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