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Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Smart Tech

Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Smart Tech 2 × Electricity Watchdogs Electricity Watchdogs Energy-use monitors like the Sense inform your smartphone about how much power individual systems and appliances are using, which helps you spot problems.Sense https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/notable-advances-building-technology-last-40-years-smart-tech


Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Energy Efficiency

Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Energy Efficiency 4 × Condensing Technology Condensing Technology Photo by Mike Last When excess heat is extracted from the exhaust of fuel-burning furnaces, boilers, and tankless water heaters like Rinnai’s, efficiencies that once topped out at 85 percent are able to reach 98 percent.Sensei Series; Rinnai Shown: Richard Trethewey explains how the copper heat exchanger in a tankless water heater transfers the heat from a gas flame to the water flowing through the tubing. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/notable-advances-building-technology-last-40-years-energy-efficiency


Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Tools

“They don’t build them like they used to.” At This Old House, the reply to that curmudgeonly complaint is “That’s right. We build them better!” And that’s due in no small part to the inquisitive, adaptable contractors at the heart of this venerable TV show. When they find a product or material that performs better, lasts longer, and still looks good, or when they find a tool that enables them to work faster with less effort and without compromising quality, they’re quick to make it their new standard going forward.Shown: Tom Silva’s favorite drill/driver, a Festool CXS, is powered by…


This Old House 2019 Idea House Giveaway

OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN Sponsor: This Old House 2019 Idea House Insider Giveaway ("Giveaway") is sponsored by This Old House Ventures, LLC, 262 Harbor Drive, Stamford, CT 06902 ("Sponsor"). Giveaway Entry Period: The Giveaway starts at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, August 9, 2019 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Friday,  September 6, 2019 ("Giveaway Entry Period"). A Day starts at 12:00:01 AM ET and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET each calendar day of the Giveaway Entry Period. Eligibility:  Giveaway open only to legal residents of the 50 United States or the…


Kitchen of the Week: A Brightly Colored (and Cost Conscious) London Kitchen

Like so many people, Alexandra Evans and her husband, Tom, had always been cautious about color: “We had to think about resale value, so we painted everything white,” she says. Then the couple bought a 1914 fixer upper in Richmond Park, in southwest London, for themselves and their three children, ages 4, 9, and 13. Feeling as if they had found their “forever home,” they decided it was time to welcome in the bright and the bold. Working with a trusted carpenter and crew, they embarked on the remodel themselves while also holding down their day jobs: He’s a lawyer and she’s the…


How Electricity Prices Vary Across the U.S.

The cost of electricity varies widely across the U.S., with average residential bills ranging from a high of $149 a month in Hawaii to a low of $79 in New Mexico. Photo: Massmatt / CC / Flickr You might consider moving to Hawaii for its balmy weather and postcard-perfect beaches, but it won’t be for cheap power. A state-by-state listing of electricity costs finds Hawaii at the top of the rankings with a retail price of 29.5 cents per kilowatt hour and average residential bills of $149 a month. At the opposite end of the spectrum, residents of Washington state…

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