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  • What Should I Do?
    Karen Lynn Allen

    A Journey of Energy Efficiency and Resilience

    One family's energy evolution - How they dropped their utili
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 5:32 PM


    Today we want to bring you the story of a five-member family living in San Francisco that awakened to the energy issues we all face (rising costs and levels of usage) and took incremental steps over the last decade to produce results that can give us all hope for a more efficient and resilient life….

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  • Blog

    How to Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Existing Home

    by Phil Williams

    Monday, April 25, 2011, 12:39 AM


    I am an energy auditor and weatherization contractor working primarily in the residential market in Central Pennsylvania. Through a variety of tests, I can tell a homeowner not only what home improvements should be done to improve the efficiency of the home, but also what the return on investment will be. Apart from the energy savings, I also pay particular attention to the health and safety of the home.

    Energy auditing and building analysis is a fairly new industry. I received my training in Maine, through Maine Housing, and at the Weatherization Training Center at Penn College. I also went through the Building Performance Institute’s Building Analyst certification.

    I would like to share some of the tricks of my trade with the ChrisMartenson.com community. I will also share an average of the return on investments that I have seen on my jobs. As I go through a home, these are the items I typically look at:

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  • Blog

    Installing a Solar Energy System

    by rhare

    Saturday, November 27, 2010, 4:51 AM


    Like many of you reading this article, I am fairly new to the realization that our future may not turn out the way we originally planned.  A little over two years ago, after the financial turmoil set in, I began to wake up from my comfortable, relatively uncomplicated life and take a closer look at what was going on around me. 

    I was first introduced to the Crash Course by an attendee at the 2009 CPAC Liberty Forum in Washington, DC where I had gone to hear Ron Paul speak.  Little did I know how dramatic an impact that one conversation would have on my life.  After watching the Crash Course a couple of times, many pieces of the puzzle started to fall together, and I quickly progressed to Stage 4 – Fear.  (See The Six Stages of Awareness for more on that topic).  A few weeks after I attended Dr. Martenson’s Lowesville seminar, I decided it was time to take immediate action.  I’ve also had to deal with the challenges of convincing my partner that these changes were really worthwhile and necessary and that I wasn’t a raving lunatic who would soon be wearing a tin foil hat!

    I hope reading about the thermal and photovoltaic solar systems we have installed will encourage you to think about actions you can take to prepare for our uncertain future.  Since it would be impossible to even begin to give every detail about how the systems work or how to put one together, my goal is to show what can be done, give you things to consider, suggest rough costs, and provide links for further research.

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