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DIY Energy-Usage Monitor

I’ve designed and built an inexpensive energy-consumption monitor using a Raspberry Pi. It enables anyone to monitor as many meters, panels, and breakers as they want. What follows is the story of how I came to build it and some of the things I’ve learned about my home’s energy usage in the process.* Proud owners of an inefficient home Back in 2017, I was living in a relatively small home here in Kansas City, Missouri, with my wife, Cecilia, and our newborn son, Bruce. Bruce’s arrival had prompted us to begin searching for a larger home. We wanted to find a…


The BS* + Beer Show: Foamed Glass Aggregate

In this episode of the BS* + Beer show Archie Filshill and Teresa Loux of Aero Aggregates and Glavel’s Ken Mincar and Rob Conboy give us a full-picture view of foamed glass aggregate. The two U.S. manufacturers (the only in the country), explain their products and share case studies of various applications—from sub-slab insulation to backfill for highway infrastructure. We learn about the benefits of foamed glass, which include its ultra-light weight, excellent insulating value, and high permeability. They tout its ease of installation and compaction, saying it saves builders time and money (shipping being the one roadblock). We learn…


L&W Supply Announces Opening of New Branch in Delaware

L&W Supply Announces Opening of New Branch in Delaware | 2021-12-14 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires…


Forests Can’t Handle All the Net-Zero Emissions Plans

Net-zero emissions pledges to protect the climate are coming fast and furious from companies, cities, and countries. But declaring a net-zero target doesn’t mean they plan to stop their greenhouse gas emissions entirely—far from it. Most of these pledges rely heavily on planting trees or protecting forests or farmland to absorb some of their emissions. That raises two questions: Can nature handle the expectations? And, more importantly, should it even be expected to? We have been involved in international climate negotiations and land and forest climate research for years. Research and pledges from companies so far suggest that the answer…


The BS* + Beer Show: Solar Power Storage and Backup

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features John Semmelhack of Think Little and Comparetto Solutions and Alex Lepore from Fortress Power discussing “Solar Power Storage and Backup.” Topics include battery management systems, the chemical makeup of different battery types, the potential of leasing battery storage, smart electrical panels, large-scale integration of solar panels and battery storage, ways to create redundancy, off-grid solutions, and much more. (Tech nerds will love this one.) Enjoy the show! [embedded content] Join us on December 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET for a conversation about “Foamed Glass Aggregate” with Archie Filshill of…


Cladding Details That Last

Josh Oduin is back at his personal cabin project to talk about the siding products he chose to stand up to the harsh elements in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Josh explains the benefits of the corrugated corten steel he installed on the bottom of the walls, which will get a natural rusty patina over time and need no protective finish. He also describes the finishing process that helps the Shou Sugi Ban cypress siding last for decades with no maintenance, and he shows how the Tamlyn anodized aluminum corners and black stainless siding nails make for a sleek installation of the…

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