Category Archives: Home Heat/Efficiency

Who is using the least energy on my block?

Or at least one house is 55 degrees on the second floor.

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Operation Cheapness reduces my natural gas bill (and demand) over 45%

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recently approve a 6% rate increase for Columbia Gas. I reduced my natural gas bill over 45%. A net profit for me and a reduction in the use of a precious resource. My estimated gas bill … Continue reading

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A common 100 year old heat pump design

My house and almost every house has a heat pump system built in, in fact, the heat pump design built into my house is centuries old. “Heat pumps” use freon, a compressor and electronics to transfer heat between the inside … Continue reading

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VIDEO GoggleWorks inspires York art supporters

(Paul Kuehnel – York Daily Record / Sunday News) Supporters of the York Museum of Art made a trip to the GoggleWorks in Reading. A tour of the facility and how it could work in York. The GoggleWorks, in Reading … Continue reading

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Some really cool radiators

Not that this has anything to do with green, but I love hydronic (water) heating systems. bisque.co.uk

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Art Cool heat pumps are HOT

Mini-split heat pumps get more efficient and disappear into walls Mini-split heat pump systems are a great solution for cooling and (secondary) heating. The LG Art Cool is literally disappearing into the woodwork. The concept of a heat pump is … Continue reading

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Home heat off the grid

Free, controlled central heat from the forest, corn, old lumber… The fireplace isn’t anything new and an outside wood burning furnace is hardly a pollution free source of heat. However, cleaver efficient low maintenance and safe ways to extract energy … Continue reading

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Heating your house with soy

Bioheat is a low sulfur oil blended with biodegradable, organic materials such as soybean oil available locally through Shipley Energy. It can be used without retrofit as a fuel in home oil burning furnaces. Testing conducted by the National Oilheat … Continue reading

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Structural effect on insulation

Margie wrote greenmesh responding to Yellow Pine Energy Storage: Does using brick, stone or other natural siding effect the insulation value? Masonry products increase the insulation value of a home over wood frame construction by nature of their thermal mass … Continue reading

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Yellow pine energy storage

Old school pine has the property of “thermal inertia,” a phenomenon where the solid wood stored energy during the day, and released it during the night. Southern Yellow Pine was extensively used for building throughout the United States (Colonies) during … Continue reading

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