"Save energy." What exactly does that mean? Save what energy? Save some energy? Save a little energy? Save a lot? The brutal truth is that most energy-saving tips out there are worthless. In my experience, energy-efficiency "tips" usually cost homeowners time and money without saving a noticeable amount of energy or money. The juice just ain't worth the squeeze.Here's what got me thinking about this: I'm working on a deep energy retrofit at Hiram College called the TREE (Teaching, Research, and Environmental Engagement) House. When completed, the building will house offices and classrooms for the college's environmental studies program. The...

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