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Posted by Allison Bailes on June 30, 2015
This time of year, air conditioners are running like mad to keep people cool in their homes. Here in Atlanta, we've had a couple of weeks of hot, muggy weather, with a little break on Sunday. Now we're heading back to the mid-90s with high dew points again. As a result, some people are starting to...
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how to detect internet scam 1
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 18, 2013
All I was trying to do was find some football scores on Yahoo the other day when I saw it. I don't go looking for this stuff, and when I do see it, I try to ignore it. But this one clotheslined me with an unfair term.
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hvac air conditioner heat pump condensing unit cover stupid idea
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 1, 2013
Let's face it. Some ideas are just plain stupid. The photo below shows one of them. The product description† says, "Use to decoratively cover up A/C units..." Yes, they include heat pumps, too. What do you think will happen if you put that over the condensing unit of your air conditioner?
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SEBC radiant barrier foil faced bubble wrap
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 30, 2010
When I wrote about my trip to the Southeast Building Conference in July, I mentioned how some products on display there really annoyed me because they're either bad to the bone or overhyped. The main one in the latter category is foil-faced bubble wrap sold as insulation.
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power factor correction device scam
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 14, 2010
Today we're running a guest post by Chris Kaiser of I met Chris recently because we're both blogging from the great city of Atlanta, and our blogs complement each other well. Here at Energy Vanguard, we focus mainly on building science and energy auditing/rating. Mapawatt concentrates...
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HERS rater training scam
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 12, 2010
I did a search the other day on the term “HERS rater test scam” because I got to thinking about a forum I’d run across a while back. Someone who took the HERS rater class was ranting about RESNET and the whole HERS rater training industry being a scam.
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home energy auditor certification course certificate
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 5, 2010
If you visit a lot of home energy efficiency related websites, as I do, and look around at the ads on those pages, you may notice quite a few that are selling various home energy auditor certifications. Unless they're offering training that leads to RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) or...
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