Diane Chojnowski's Blog – May 2014 Archive (4)

Case Study: Pacifica Coastal Cottage

The Pacifica Coastal Cottage was built in 1934 by the current occupant's father, a couple hundred yards from the Pacific shoreline, south of San Francisco. The original 700 ft2 shack was added onto haphazardly over the years to a total of 1,503 square feet, and it grew to 1,706 square…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 27, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Work with Nature to Keep Your House Cool in Summer

The primary goal in cooling is to avoid experiencing heat. Keep the sun out, let cool breezes in, turn off your lights and appliances, and seek the coolest spot indoors or out. The summer sun is a potent heat source; it affects your house primarily on

  • the east side in the…

Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 19, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

Case Study: Living off the Sun

From Alison Wiley, Diamond-Cut Life

One year into having our rooftop solar panels installed here in Portland Oregon, we’re living off the sun. That’s to say, we producing slightly more…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 12, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Financial Incentives

Even though most investments in energy efficiency pay for themselves many times over, finding the cash to do it isn't always easy. This problem is addressed by rebates provided by energy companies and others, creative mortgage products provided by banks, tax credits provided by state and federal government, and even cash incentives for scrapping…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 5, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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