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During his talk to the Commonwealth Club of California on October 1 (full video at bottom of this post), Google CEO Eric Schmidt described himself as an optimist and a businessperson. If he is to be believed, his interest in energy efficiency has less to do with saving the planet than with...

I remember when my second sister went to college, how the house hollowed out. She abandoned the attic in August, and for a few moody months, I wandered upstairs, sat on her hot rocks hippy bedspread and admired her shellacked newspaper collages.
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In this season of big wishes and huge stimulus packages, we'd like to tip our hat to the folks at Architecture 2030, who have come up with one of the Biggest, Hairiest and most Audacious Goals for the home energy sector that we've seen in some time. (BHAGs are a concept of business strategist Jim...
Now I've done it. Yesterday, while folks far better than I spread holiday cheer by feeding the homeless and greeting their relatives, I created a new me. I gave her a name, a suitable complexion, and a groovy nickname. I made her willowy and strong, and for good measure set her up with a smear of...
Vornado
I covet. This is not a point of pride. Once I coveted a pair of lace up black leather boots for so long that by the time I bought them they were on sale, out of season, and completely out of style. After oggling them from the sidewalk for 18 months, imagining the outfits they'd set off like... well...
Timing is everything, and the way we see it, now is the right time to start spreading the word about Home Energy efficiency options. We’ve got Obama (almost... hurry, hurry) at the helm, spreading the gospel on a macro level, and we’ve heard from oodles of people who are ready to take a few steps...
Timing is everything, and the way we see it, now is the right time to start spreading the word about Home Energy efficiency options. We’ve got Obama (almost... hurry, hurry) at the helm, spreading the gospel on a macro level, and we’ve heard from oodles of people who are ready to take a few steps...
The building scientist we've always most wanted to have a beer with is Joe Lstiburek at Building Science Corporation...
It's 3am. As far as my nifty, energy-saving programmable thermostat knows, I'm cozily tucked in bed. That means, according to my ever-so-wise digital guardian, that I am sleeping next to a human radiator, covered by a comforter, without the need of heated air. Thing is, I'm not. I'm sitting at my...
guide us
We know that virtually any effort we make to improve our home's energy efficiency is going to pay off. Big time, usually. But when we first set out to find the information we needed to evaluate what the problems in our home were, and fix them, we found a hole. We wanted facts about R-value and...

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