The Latest from the Energy Vanguard Blog

surreal chicken home performance questions
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 8, 2013
Last night, I was reading Surrealizations: The Gospel According To Chicken* before I went to sleep. That's always dangerous and liberating, but one question he raised got me to thinking about all of the imaginary home performance questions I'm bombarded with, so today I'll tackle a few. But first I...
6 Comments | Read/write comments
Ringing in the post-Mayan non-apocalypse at the Apossumocalypse Party.
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 4, 2013
2013! Can you believe it? We survived the end of the Mayan calendar and are now living in what I like to call the post-non-apocalyptic world. I think that may well be the next hot genre for literature and film. To celebrate our non-demise, I did my usual thing and went to what one attendee...
7 Comments | Read/write comments
hvac dragon furnace with wings
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 20, 2012
I went to see The Hobbit recently. Of course, the center of the story is a dragon, Smaug, that invaded the ancestral home of the dwarves many moons ago and set them on a long diaspora. The story begins as a band of justice-seeking dwarves, having conscripted the reluctant Bilbo Baggins from the...
7 Comments | Read/write comments
home performance halloween party costume sml
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 7, 2012
Halloween can be a lot of fun. Well, let me soften that a bit - Halloween can be fun if you don't stuck doing an energy audit of a haunted house, as I did one year. If you're in the home performance business, you'll never lack for materials to make a costume. This year, my friend Doug invited me...
3 Comments | Read/write comments
haunted house as a system halloween scary story
Posted by Allison Bailes on October 31, 2012
The most terrified I've ever been was was the time I got called to do a home energy audit of the haunted house-as-a-system down the street. I still shudder when I think of that night. Yes, it was nighttime. The caller who hired me, a woman with a sultry voice, said that was the only time I could...
6 Comments | Read/write comments
turbo thermo encabulator max hvac mini split heat pump
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 17, 2012
Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have undergone great development since our cavemen ancestors huddled around the fire in winter and fanned themselves with palmetto leaves in summer. The rapid development of efficiency and performance experienced by other industries, however...
35 Comments | Read/write comments
leed certified glass homes all windows no wall insulation
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 1, 2012
New houses certified in the LEED for Homes program will be required to have 100% windows in all above-grade walls once the new 2012 update is approved by US Green Building Council (USGBC) members this summer. The LEED certification program has grown tremendously over the past decade, and in the...
16 Comments | Read/write comments
building science summer camp 2011 cigar table day 1
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 2, 2011
Well, my first day of the 2011 Building Science Summer Camp, officially called the Fifteenth Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science, has come to an end. It's been a great day up here in Westford, Massachusetts, (right next to Chelmsford, in case you're wondering) hanging out with a bunch of...
2 Comments | Read/write comments
Blogging milestone
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 28, 2011
Yesterday was a special day in the Energy Vanguard blog. You may not realize it, but it was the 211th article we've published here since I started it 16 months ago. Does that number mean anything to you?
11 Comments | Read/write comments


Subscribe to the Energy Vanguard Blog