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Attic Space Conditioning

Should we make the attic a conditioned space? Should we hose it down with several inches of spray foam and close off all the vents, maybe even remove the existing insulation sitting above the ceiling? This is a building science topic of debate…

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Home Weatherization

So many Virginians live in older drafty homes where comfort, indoor air quality, and energy bills are an issue. Many folks in Richmond City could definitely use some weatherizing. Just about all of the old fan homes are very drafty and…

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Sealing Leaky HVAC Duct Work

If you have high energy bills, you may want to start off by having your HVAC ductwork inspected. The U.S. Department of Energy cites that the average American home leaks 20%-30% of the air your HVAC unit is delivering to the conditioned space of…

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Frozen Water Pipes, Anyone?

With the arctic blast that has fallen upon the Richmond area this winter, there are many homeowners with “the frozen water pipe nightmare” on their hands. Here’s how it goes: You wake in the morning after a blistery cold night with single digit…

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Weatherization work in Front Royal, Virginia

We performed a weatherization job on a 5,000 sq. foot house near Winchester, VA this past week.  The initial energy audit produced the homeowner with several low-cost options for lowering their energy bills.  This was a large home in Front…

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Solar Air Heating Repair

We were called by a client who had a solar air heating system that had been in operation since the 80’s.  They had enjoyed the “free heat” for so many years, but after 30 years, the system needed some maintenance.  The homeowner said that after…

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Hotel Solar Thermal Study – Part 3: Finance and Design

  In Part 2, we discussed how to measure hot water consumption and hot water energy use in a mid-sized hotel.  We looked at what the data meant regarding the energy saving potential of a solar thermal water heating system.  This particular…

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Hotel Solar Thermal Study – Part 2: Measurements

In Part 1 of the Hotel Solar Thermal Study series, we looked at the main impetuses for the study: rising fossil fuel prices and a lack of hotel hot water consumption data.  Part 2 focuses on the study’s methodology.  How does one go about…

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Price of Electricity

As seen from this graph, prices for electricity have risen drastically in recent years. The last couple of years have been particularly hard on the pockets of the middle and lower classes in the United States.  Most of us in Virginia rely on…

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