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Category Archive for "Energy"

Whole House Fan Season In Boise

Boise is the perfect place for Whole House Fans. It has all the climactic conditions to use them for about 3 months of the year. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, I get calls annually that sound something like this. My second story it so hot in the evening the air condition is struggling to...

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How long should my “Blank” last?

I’ve recently entered into several conversations about how long things should last. What a great question. “It depends” I usually respond. Is it me or did big ticket items used to be built to last several decades. We believed that American made as an example meant the darn thing should last a hell of a...

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Tankless, Point of Use Gas Water Heaters

When I found this gas tankless water heater in Berkeley California still working in the home, I had a double take. Who knew they were popular years ago? They clearly died out and are just now coming back into vogue. Billed as an endless stream of hot water emitting from a compact unit, without storing...

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Let’s Talk Energy

Here in Southwest Idaho we enjoy all four seasons of the year. This is a fairly close held secret “we don’t get the extremes or any of life threatening stuff much of the rest of the country has to deal with.” We are also blessed with a relatively low energy rates both electricity and natural...

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Residential Electrical Switchology

I often refer to electrical switchology in my description of work, and I realized it is a word that I invented. It refers to the study of electrical switching. In a home that Levco remodels, it is a big deal. As mentioned in my pet peeves blog, having switches in un-intuitive locations is on the short...

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