Energy Vanguard Blog

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Skylights

Posted by Allison Bailes on Wed, Jan 13, 2016

Everyone loves skylights. Right? They bring so much light into a room they can turn a Seattle kitchen into a bright and sunny Florida room. Especially this time of year (in the Northern Hemisphere), having that extra light brighten even the darkest days of winter. But skylights have a dark side, too. If you're not aware of that when incorporating these roof windows into a home, you can end up with high energy bills, rooms that are unusable at certain times of the year, or expensive repairs due to moisture problems.

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Tags: attic, windows, moisture problems, lighting, heating & cooling

The Mad Hatter, Isaac Newton, and That Old Thermostat

Posted by Allison Bailes on Fri, Mar 22, 2013

I was a kid a long, long time ago. Seems like it was another century...another millennium even. Wait a minute — it was another millennium! That was back in the day when we used to ride bicycles without helmets, apply mercury to our wounds, move seat belts out of the way (if the car even had them), and put our tongue on steel poles in the middle of winter. Of course, in Texas and Louisiana we just ended up with a bad taste in our mouth from those steel poles and wondered why people made such a big deal about it.

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Tags: HVAC, environment & sustainability, lighting

Does Energy Efficiency Drive Home Builders out of Business?

Posted by Allison Bailes on Wed, Jun 22, 2011

A couple of months ago, I was reading a discussion in one of the many LinkedIn groups that I belong to and came acros a comment arguing that energy efficiency requirements drive builders out of business. Here's part of what this fellow wrote (emphasis added):

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Tags: home energy efficiency, building enclosure, energy security, economy, energy code, affordable housing, diagnostic/performance testing, lighting