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Historic Windows: Primitive Sash Locks

Have you ever seen anything like these before? They are a primitive form of sash lock, often found on historic or vintage wooden windows. The one on the left is a simple, turned oak dowel, while the one on the … Continue reading

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The Point’s Picks for January 20th

Now that the holidays are over and everyone’s down to business again, what better thing to do than publish our first weekly summary of the New Year? So with no further ado, here, once again, is our hand-picked, curated summary … Continue reading

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The Point’s Picks for December 23rd

With the Christmas holiday this coming weekend, our past week has been quite hectic, yet somehow also full of noticeable “decelerations”. But even in the face of the rapidly approaching holiday, there’s still no shortage of stimulating content on the … Continue reading

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A(n Energy Efficient) Night Before Christmas

It seems like every one and their brother has a Night Before Christmas parody. Mine appeared in fragments on Twitter a short while ago, during an odd moment of creative inspiration, and would’ve been completely lost to Twistory, had it … Continue reading

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Historic Home Performance: The Adoption, Care, and Feeding of a New Meme

My friends Peter Troast and Will Mallett of Energy Circle have been investigating and writing about branding issues, optimal website design, and search engine optimization (SEO) for the home energy industry for quite some time now. Peter has often pointed … Continue reading

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HAL 9000 Meets Kill A Watt(TM)

“I’m sorry, Dave…” OK. It’s really not HAL 9000, although you’ve got to admit, it looks a bit like one of HAL’s ubiquitous camera eyes. Actually, it’s a charger used to re-charge the two 12V batteries that power the mobility chair in … Continue reading

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How to Kill a Watt While Sizing a UPS

In my last two posts, I described some basic water conservation measures we’ve taken at the Poole Ancestral Homestead. We’ll return to that topic in the near future. But for now, I’ve turned my attention to optimizing our home’s use … Continue reading

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Low Flow Aerators All Around

Today, another small step on the Poole Ancestral Homestead’s journey to precise energy retrofit nirvana was taken, and it consisted of installing a low flow aerator on each of our faucets. You might recall in a previous post how I installed a 1.5 gallon … Continue reading

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A Long Journey Begins With A ( Low Flow ) Shower

They say a long journey begins with a few small steps. Yesterday, I unofficially initiated my long-term, precise energy retrofit of the Poole Ancestral Homestead by simply installing a water saving, low flow shower head. The new shower head is a 1.5 gallon-per-minute, … Continue reading

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