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What goes in to a home insulation decision

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/07/11 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

This is part two in a series following one man's journey to weatherize his family's wood frame house built in 1920. Part one, he discovered how drafty walls sans insulation and with big gaps in the frame explained huge heating bills and a family shivering under blankets. Determined to seal it tight(er), we saw the results of the home energy...more

How to get the most bang for your state mandated energy efficiency home improvement?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/15/11 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

"If you do all of the air sealing you can before insulating your house, maybe you can stop living in an igloo," Sean, the helpful home energy rater from GoodCents said during our whole home audit last week. Sean was walking through our house with an infrared camera as a giant fan in a canvas frame fitted around our front door...more

Cleveland goes deep in 'Passive' for existing house pilots

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/19/11 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency

This morning's WCPN Sound of Ideas program focused on why poverty in Northeast Ohio is skyrocketing. The guests all pointed to the cost of owning a house for the rise in emergency assistance calls (more than 50,000 people so far this year have asked for help paying their utilities). Meanwhile, reigning in costs and boosting the domestic workforce have been the...more

Local food and deconstruction videos; looking closer at bike sharing systems

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/17/10 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Local food system

Case has started installing energy-saving LED lights in 250 fixtures on campus as part of its plan to fulfill the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The university says the bulbs will save $19,000 a year, but costs are reportedly $3.2M. LEDs are expensive, however, the manufacturers claim they'll last 25,000-50,000 hours. The first lifecycle study of LEDs from...more

The Fed looks to a 'Green Recovery'

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/09/10 @ 7:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Green buildings

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland highlighted research on the prospects for a 'green recovery', with one architect of the Stimulus Act's energy plan emphasizing that so much depends on how states invest their share. Ohio should expect $1.1 billion to create jobs for renewable energy generation and retrofits to make buildings more energy efficient. If Cleveland alone were to invest...more

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