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All-electric homes are safer

National Fire Awareness week took place recently, and I am fairly certain that it was so designated because it was the beginning of the heating season. They gave several safety tips, which included having the gas furnace checked by a ­qualified person, ­checking or ­installing a smoke detector and ­installing a carbon monoxide detector. And […]

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From hot attics to frost

Yippee. It is fall, school is in full swing, football is being played, the leaves are changing to beautiful colors and attics are no longer super-hot. And, yes, the utility bills will be lower because little, if any, heating or cooling is needed in October. If you want to know about what it costs to […]

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The attic is still hot

Publication schedules require that I submit this article almost 30 days before it reaches your mailbox. I decide what I am going to write about and how I can best help you by the number of calls I get that relate to a particular subject, and by what I think the situation will be in 30 days. […]

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Cooling off the hottest place on earth

Based on the comments I have received from some of our ­readers, you have enjoyed the last few columns about energy origination and the ways that heat travels from one location to another. I have included some of these same principles in my energy efficiency presen­tations, and they have also been well received. So, once […]

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Tips to cut your utility bills

Iam writing this column at 5:45 a.m. as I watch the ­beautiful sun rise. Yes, the ­amazing sun. As you may recall, we have discussed ­previously how all energy comes from the sun and how heat travels by three ­methods. We have already discussed conduction and ­convection, and will now discuss what I consider to be […]

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Tips to cut your utility bills

It looks like spring has finally arrived in Illinois. The grass has turned green, trees are budding and the daf­fodils have poked out their heads. And as we learned in the March issue, it was all made possible by the sun. In the April issue, we introduced the three methods of heat transfer and discussed […]

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The science of conduction

Recently, I was driving to St. Louis to conduct seminars. With plenty of windshield time, I thought about the great opportunity I’ve been given to help folks across this country enjoy more comfortable homes with lower utility bills. As I looked at hundreds of houses over the six-hour drive, a recurring thought came to my […]

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It’s all about the sun

As I mentioned last month, ­several things have happened to convince me that I should ­dedicate several articles to the very basics of energy efficiency. I have pondered this a lot and even wake up during the night ­thinking about it. I have discussed some of these thoughts with young students, middle-aged adults and some […]

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Keeping it simple

About an hour before Professor Tom Hunt and I went on the air recently to host our weekly radio program, we were discussing our show preparation for the year. Of course, our goal is to help as many of you as possible. We have been teaching energy efficiency for more than 25 years and realize […]

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