Monthly Archives: April 2011

Can Homes be to Tight?

Can Houses be “Over Insulated ” or “Too Tight”? No. Green homes are insulated well, tightly built, and well ventilated Let’s take these issues one at a time. The “too tight” theory holds that houses need to breathe. Traditionalists can … Continue reading

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Wood Trim Alternatives

  Fiber cement, cellular PVC, or wood composite While solid wood continues to be the most popular material for exterior trim, its vulnerabilities leave big openings for alternative products. Builders who choose not to use wood typically look instead at … Continue reading

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Dimmers for CFL Lamps

Dimmers for CFL and LED Lighting Fixtures Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs have come a long way in the past few years. New versions resemble incandescent bulbs and put out a nice, warm, white light. Despite all their pluses, though, these … Continue reading

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Programmable Thermostats

What’s the Difference: Programmable Thermostats Basic vs. full feature The advantage of a programmable thermostat is that it can keep you comfortable and save on energy costs—significantly, if programmed with aggressive temperature setbacks when you’re asleep or away. At big-box … Continue reading

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Allentown’s Solar Facility

City of Allentown – 200 kW Rooftop Solar Array Allentown’s Bridgeworks Facility Solar Photovoltaic Plant was a critical step in the city’s New Green Mission Initiative. The 420 panels were installed during the winter of 2010 and were fully operational … Continue reading

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