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Mix and Match Heat

The path toward figuring out how to heat the house is really a one-step-at-a-time project.  Getting the wood stove installed was definitely a big leap in that regard, but it didn’t get us all the way there.  The big issue … Continue reading

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Wood Stove Installed

One of our longest home improvement struggles to date has finally (essentially) drawn to a close.  After a year and change worth of conflicting inspections, assessments and estimates from half a dozen contractors and vendors, we have a functioning wood … Continue reading

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Duct Wrap

Fresh off one polar vortex and apparently heading into another, we’re back to fretting over the heat and the heating bill.  Our propane usage went up about 20% last month and the price per gallon has gone up 25 cents … Continue reading

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Wood Stove Tribulations

I will admit to feeling a little beaten down in our quest to install a wood stove. As you might have seen in a prior post, we found out that our chimney is currently in flagrant violation of building code … Continue reading

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Some Gains on Efficiency?

As a lover of data, I’ve started getting pretty excited to update my propane usage graph every time we get a new bill.  This time around, I was hoping to see some big improvement in our fuel usage from the … Continue reading

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Sealing up the Basement

I posted a little over a week ago about the fuel efficiency gains we’ve seen after air sealing the basement, but never quite got around to writing about what we actually did down there.  The scope of work was worked … Continue reading

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Checking in on Propane

Our propane provider returned today to fill up our tanks.  This was a much shorter period than we’ve gone between refilling in the past – probably because the tanks were so low last time they came.  With this new bill, … Continue reading

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Tracking Propane Usage

We finally started our air sealing work in the basement yesterday with the leadership of our home energy consulting firm (who performed our home energy audit).  I’ll be posting soon about how the actual work is going, but before that … Continue reading

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Under Pressure

Looks like we’re finally getting the formal results in from our energy audit, so we’ll be able to put together a real plan for air sealing and insulating.  It was 4°F when we got up this morning, so not a … Continue reading

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Energy Audit

This past weekend we too the first step toward dealing with our heat loss issues by having a home energy audit.  If you’re not familiar, the idea behind the audit is getting certified inspectors (sometimes consultants, sometimes contractors) into your … Continue reading

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