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Tag Archives: water conservation

  • What Should I Do?
    Dutch White Clover Living Mulch

    Mulch in the Garden

    Using a protective mulch layer
    by Phil Williams

    Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:44 PM


    When I first started gardening, I wanted to mulch my garden. Coming from a commercial landscape background, it was something I was used to doing, and I understood the benefits. Then I spoke to a relative who had been gardening far longer than I, and he told me how it would burn up my plants. Being new to gardening, I took his advice. Even though I started my garden with two feet of good compost, by summertime, my soil was compacted, and the humus was gone. Without the protection from mulch, my humus layer eroded away, and the soil became infertile and compacted.

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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 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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