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Posted by Allison Bailes on October 29, 2012
I'm a white male. I know, I know. You saw my name and thought I was woman. It's not the first time that's happened. My 10th grade biology teacher refused to believe that I was Allison Bailes on the first day of class when she called roll. It wasn't until a friend of mine confirmed it for her that...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 24, 2012
Do you really need to go to college? If your heart's not in it, you can't find a field of study that excites you, and your college degree doesn't help your job prospects, the answer may be no. But what can you do without a college degree? Plenty, as it turns out. And there's also plenty you can do...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on January 3, 2012
It's 2012, and I'm excited about the potential of the new year. I went to Possum Drop to ring in this new year, and we burned another possum effigy, this one loaded with more fireworks than ever and dressed to represent the 1% of fat cat possums who dominate the 99%. Like the Phoenix, the Possum...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on December 7, 2011
I talk about homes here in the Energy Vanguard blog all the time - new ENERGY STAR homes, HVAC systems to heat and cool homes, home energy audits... Today I'm going to talk about the homeless.
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 23, 2011
Seven years ago, I became obsessed with the topic of peak oil. I had to read everything about it that I could find. I was one of the first subscribers to The Oil Drum. I went to peak oil conferences. It really got to me.
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All new homes could be high performance homes.
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 19, 2011
A recent discussion on LinkedIn got me thinking about this question again. If you've spent any time here in the Energy Vanguard blog, you know that one of the things I do a lot is point out bad HVAC design, poor construction practices, building envelopes that don't control the flow of heat and...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 6, 2011
I’m not a Cajun myself, but I lived with the Cajuns in south Louisiana for eight years. In 1971, my mom moved us to that area, and we ended up in a place called Chauvin on a narrow strip of dry land between marshes. About ten miles south of us was Cocodrie. That's where the road ended. All...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on June 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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Posted by Allison Bailes on April 28, 2011
On Twitter yesterday, I saw this from my Ohio Twitter buddy Josh Lloyd:
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Posted by Allison Bailes on February 25, 2011
Peak oil has gotten a lot of attention over the past five years or so, though many still don't know about it and most who have heard about it, I suspect, don't believe it. The basic premise of peak oil is that petroleum is a finite, non-renewable resource. (Some people dispute even that, but let's...
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