August 2013

By Allison Webster | Tue, August 27, 2013
Everyone knows that one way to judge the performance of a car is by its fuel efficiency, and car manufacturers love to crow about cars with high 'miles per gallon' ratings. But, what if there was a way to assess “MPG” for buildings that gave potential owners or renters a sense of how much it would cost to operate their building over time? The idea is gaining traction in cities and states around…
By Samantha Bresler | Fri, August 23, 2013
In the distance, there is a soft humming of a compressor, the ticking of its meter, and the whirring of the fan.  The warm blanket of air envelopes the room.  The small metallic grating in the wall glints with polished cleanliness.  The faint scent, the very aroma, of money saved in your wallet perfumes the room.   A bit melodramatic?  Yes, well it can’t be helped. When one begins to imagine…
By Claire Miziolek | Wed, August 21, 2013
The Northeast Mid-Atlantic region is a leader in energy efficiency and has achieved substantial energy savings over the last several decades. Innovations in lighting, HVAC, and air sealing have meant homes continue to become more efficient. But why aren’t we seeing electricity bills shrink across the board? Well, there’s one category of home energy users, namely Business and Consumer…
By carolyn goldthwaite | Mon, August 12, 2013
Back to school? Yes please! I want to go back to school. Really I do. I’m not talking about masters' degrees or professional development courses. I want to go back to middle or high school. Fried lunches are being replaced with fresh vegetables! I never thought this would be something that would come out of my mouth.  Not that school was bad – it’s more that I have had enough algebra to…
By Natalie Hildt Treat | Thu, August 1, 2013
Sweetums seems much less scary now that I’ve met the monster called mold. When I was a little girl, I was convinced that a monster lived in my basement. I was afraid to go downstairs alone in the morning — this terrifyingly vivid image of the dining room floor opening up, and the Muppets ogre Sweetums climbing out. Decades later as a first-time homeowner, I’ve learned that monsters are real…

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