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The US military provides energy security by helping Persian Gulf oil flow around the world.
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 1, 2011
"US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015." That's the headline in an article I read the other day. Politicians and the media may not take energy security seriously, but the leaders of our armed forces sure do. They understand the basic facts of the global economy, and...
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The Drake Well was the beginning of our oil binge in the US. Now we face peak oil and serious energy security problems. But energy independence is a fantasy.
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 30, 2011
As I sit here on Memorial Day thinking of my cousin Daniel, who was killed in the first Iraq war in 1991, and all the many others who gave their lives in support of the United States, my mind is drawn to the topic of energy independence. It's a popular topic these days, and one that has...
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energy data tweet randy udall josh lloyd
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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energy star homes version 3 benchmark home large house penalty
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 4, 2011
When I first became a HERS rater and went to the RESNET conference in 2004, I got to talk with David Lee, who was the head of the ENERGY STAR homes program at the time. Because I was puzzled by the paradox large homes with energy efficiency certifications, I asked him, How can a 15 thousand square...
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nuclear power plant cooling tower energy efficiency sources
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 16, 2011
Nuclear energy is like religion or politics. Almost no one, it seems, can separate their biases and emotional attachments from an objective assessment of the worth of this energy source. And yes, I count myself among the non-objective.
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thermostat setting heat pump heating
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 31, 2011
Recently I've learned of two people running their heat pump in a way that costs them a lot of extra money. With heat pumps, there's an extra setting on the thermostat. In addition to heat, cool, and off, there's a setting for emergency heat. But what is that setting for? What does it do?
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Dryer vent duct caked with wet lint from restricted air flow
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 12, 2010
After I wrote an article this past week about the problem of restrictive wall caps reducing dryer vent air flow, I heard from David Williams, a fellow resident as well as a contractor who's done a lot of work here at the condos where I live. He recently replaced a dryer duct in one of our buildings...
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dryer vent bad air flow
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 8, 2010
As I've mentioned here before, I live in a 40 year old condo that's a good example of what happens when you build something without understanding the principles of building science. I've previously written about the crawl space problems in one of our buildings and the basement problems in my...
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air barrier interior wall open to attic
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 3, 2010
It seems so simple. There’s outside, and there’s inside. The walls, ceilings, and floors that separate the cold outside from the warm inside should be the only surfaces that rob heat from your home. Interior walls have conditioned space on both sides, so they shouldn’t be a problem, right?
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Voters' guide for the 2010 election
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 1, 2010
Below is a repost of an article with advice for voters from my friend Chris Kaiser at Mapawatt.
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