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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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Updates, Various

Finding time for blogging with an infant in the house hasn’t proven so easy, but there’s actually been a fair amount going on around the house.  First, a gratuitous baby shot. After almost a year of assessment and reassessment, we’ve … 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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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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Mid-January Doldrums

Since we finished the energy audit, our home projects have been a bit stalled.  What I’d like  to work on most right now is the air sealing of the basement and whatever else we can do to help keep the … 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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Draft Resistors

Ever since the news that the inside of the house equals the outside of our house, climatically speaking, draft elimination has become my number one domestic priority.  We could feel there was a ton of cold air coming in around the exterior … Continue reading

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