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Video: Superinsulation Doesn't Work if the Windows Leak

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In this installment of Green Building Advisor's "Job Site Visits" series, building science guru Joe Lstiburek explains why insulating a house to the highest standards won't do much good if the home still has significant air leakage.

Video: Interior Air Sealing for Maximum Energy Efficiency

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This video, part of a series from the Oregon contractor Hammer & Hand, describes how to air seal the interior of a home to maximize the effectiveness of super energy efficient, European "Passive House" style windows.

Ceiling Fan FAQs

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Are they Evil??

Ceiling fans would seem, at first glance, to be a smart tool in the overall mix of your home's energy efficency equipment. But too few know that their real value is when they're blowing on people--and many experts say they're essentially worthless and counterproductive if people aren't present in the home. Carl Seville, a Green Building Consultant and expert from Atlanta, wrote a provocatively named post recently: Ceiling Fans are Evil on the Green Building Advisor blog.

Video: Stop Drafts with a Homemade Door Sweep

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You might even have the materials for this project already lurking in your basement!  A door sweep is an excellent way to keep drafts out and this video from Fine Homebuilding explains how to make a homemade door sweep.  You can easily create a more comfortable indoor environment and save some money on your energy bills this winter.

Killing Vampire Power & Saving Money

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A cold moon rises.  Fog rolls across dead leaves and empty trees. It's there, in your home, lurking in the corners and behind desks...  drinking its fill of your house's precious energy and driving your power bills through your nice, insulated roof. Beware the power strip!  We insulate and install CFL bulbs, but forget about the appliances we rely on daily.  Learn how smart power strips work to kill vampire power in your home.  Warning: contains humor. 

Light Switches Can Be Big Sources of Leaks

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We think about the walls, and the roof - we think about all sorts of places that air can leak into our homes but did you think about the light switches?  Don't get left in the dark on this sneaky leak - here's an interesting video from our friends at Energy Vanguard that shows how much air can leak through simple things like light switches.

Video: How to Prepare Your Home for Winter.

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We love this video because it speaks plain english for homeowners.

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