Category Archives: Energy

Radical Radiator Plan

Who would have thought a whale could be so heavy? – Moe Once, there were two good-sized radiators upstairs. We removed one for floor-plan reasons (it ended up being inside a closet). After draining and disconnecting it, we put it … Continue reading

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Insulation v. Winter

Colin: And if we just kept our thermostats at 68 in the winter… Lisa: …we’d be free from our dependency on foreign oil in 17 years! A couple of years back, we ordered an energy audit on the house (complete with blower test). The test … Continue reading

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The Third Appliance

Earlier this year, I noted that appliance deaths come in threes. We’d done a dishwasher and a range, and I was hoping the next replacement would be a cheapie. It wasn’t. The victim? We had a Whirlpool washing machine that came … Continue reading

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Air Conditioning…Glorious Air Conditioning

I got the idea when I noticed the refrigerator was cold. – Homer Simpson Previously, I talked about the three options we considered for the air conditioning. We ultimately went with regular central air, running the ducts through the attic … Continue reading

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Foamy Home

The spray can is mightier than the sword. – Simpsons Comic #37 When I was an adolescent, I saw a picture of a bedroom from one of the Xanadu foam houses. “Look at THIS!” I said to my mother. “How … Continue reading

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Retrofitting Air Conditioning to an Older Home

Moe: Now he’s ragging on air conditioners! Carl: Hey, they keep us cool in the summer, pal! When we bought the house, it had one window air conditioner of limited cooling power. A former owner removed one of the original piano windows … Continue reading

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Good-Looking LED Lights

40,000 Watt Energy Miser Lighthouse Lightbulb – The Simpsons We are in the process of changing over our lighting from CFL and incandescent bulbs to LEDs. We started with the lights that we use the most. The kitchen fixture came … Continue reading

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Cabinet of Dreams, Part II: Light My Fire

In the first part of this series, I talked about how we wanted to build cabinetry and a fireplace in our sitting room. First we considered which type of fire to install. The main options were: A real fire or … Continue reading

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Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

Little Miss Springfield, which one will it beeeeeee? -Krusty the Klown Our Mayya is a heat-seeking feline who worships at the Holy Shrine of the Radiator. Her technique is to stretch out as much as possible to take in all … Continue reading

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Draft Dodging

Arrrriairar!! – Eleanor Abernathy (Crazy Cat Lady) With the threat of polar vortices hanging over our head, it is extremely important that we take all possible measures to protect ourselves. We decided that one of those measures would be to … Continue reading

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