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First, know this: Your children are wrong. Icicles hanging off your roof are not pretty. (Nor are they a recommended part of a balanced diet). Next time you see a theatrical curtain of glass daggers dangling from your roof, think "Woooop woooop warning!" ...
I attended the Maine Built Energy Forum earlier this week along with roughly 100 people from the home energy auditor community. The session was led by a couple of luminaries in the field--the home energy information and training guru Rick Karg, and one of Maine's leading auditor/contractors,...
What got me going on making changes to my house was last year's oil prices. I had this terrible sense of insecurity when prices shot up, and I was dependent upon oil for heat. For me, homeland security is a big pile of wood in the back. I looked into the most likely culprits for heat loss, and had...
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..
Normally, I tend not to participate in big consumer brand social media campaigns, particularly when it's a soft drink peddler. But Pepsi's RefreshEverything Campaign captured me. Their bold entry into politics and implicit support for our new President, normally the ultimate taboo for businesses of...
The power outage last Friday in Toronto was notable for a couple of reasons. First, nearly 250,000 people lost power for twenty four hours of the coldest weather on record and second, I bet you haven't heard about it.
Please don’t tell my husband. We have a solid partnership, and there are a couple of things that he still likes about me. It’s a relatively small secret I’m asking you to keep, but the consequences of disclosure are dire. If he finds out that I have become my mother, my sex life is finished...

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...

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