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Dear Stoner: Why does my weed sometimes smell like pine trees, other times
When mixed with lime, hemp can form sturdy, concrete-like building blocks. The downside is that their compression strength is about 5 percent of that of concrete, so it's mostly used for insulation or walls that aren't load-bearing. And no, living in a …
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Affordable sustainability
“To have an energy-efficient structure, one must look at the thermal insulation properties of the material used. For bricks, which are extensively used in all types of constructions, builders can use AAC (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) blocks and fly-ash …
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The Coaching Tools Company Celebrates Fourth Year in Business
According to the International Coach Federation (ICF) the number of coaches globally has grown from 30,000 in 2007 to over 47,000 in 2012, generating approximately US$ 2 billion in revenue. While the promise of high revenues are encouraging people to …
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Fox wins World Cup gold
Jessica Fox wins the C1 at the World Cup 2 in Ausburg, Germany. © Ballint Vekassy. CANOE/KAYAK – SLALOM: Nineteen-year-old Jessica Fox went one better than her silver medal performance in Cardiff last weekend to win Gold in the women's C1 final at ICF …
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Private competition law actions to receive a boost from proposed European
Unsurprisingly perhaps, the above multiple challenges and complexity led to the publication of a bewildering number of papers but little concrete action at an EU level. … Although the English High Court has demonstrated (in the ongoing National Grid …
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Framing: ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), 2 x 6
Strong, clean lines speak to the modern influence on this design. Inside, each bedroom gets a full bathroom, with the master suite enjoying an extra-luxurious oversized shower and tub. The main floor is divided into the more formal visitors' side and …
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The average beer bottle is refilled 15 times in its environmentally-friendly
A trained eye, such as Greco's — she's worked at The Beer Store for seven years — can guess the age of a beer bottle from the scuff marks, including a white ring around the base that forms over time. They're kind of like age lines. Decades … Clear …
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Can we afford Obama's climate plan? This analysis makes it a real bargain
For this project, which required elaborate modeling of the potentials, costs and returns of multiple, sweeping scenarios of change, NRDC contracted with ICF International, whose models for this sort of thing are relied upon by industry, investment …
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SanDisk Extreme II SSD 240GB Solid State Drive SDSSDXP-240G Tests
There is currently a new version of Iometer in beta form, which adds several new test dimensions for SSDs. Iometer is both a workload generator (that is, it performs I/O operations in order to stress the system) and a … All of our SSD tests used …
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More Ways to Save Money and Go Green: New Off The Grid News Article Describes the Latest in Energy Efficient Insulation


Thomson, IL (PRWEB) April 23, 2013

Off The Grid News presents a new article, “This Insulation Could Save You Hundreds On Your Electric Bill,” featuring information about insulation to save homeowners hundreds of dollars on electric bills. This reader-friendly article explains the basics of insulation so that even the least experienced will benefit.

Starting with a simple definition of insulation and its basic principles, the article progresses through the most common forms of insulation and then on to innovative new products designed for energy efficiency. It describes in detail the components of each type, how it works, and the best way to use each. Batts and rolls are the most common as they are flexible and easy for do-it-yourselfers to use, as is rigid foam insulation, though it is more expensive. Loose-fill and foam-in-place insulations are more difficult and both are often installed by professionals.

Though all of these common insulations work effectively to regulate interior air temperatures and will save more energy than no insulation, this article describes several newer materials designed to work naturally to provide even more insulation to save more money on energy bills.

The first of these is insulating concrete blocks. In these blocks, polystyrene beads or rigid foam inserts fill the cavities, providing greater insulation. The author explains, These blocks will not outperform conventional concrete that has been covered with panels of exterior insulation, but they can be very good for locations that are hot in the summertime and not overwhelmingly cold in winter. The reason for this is that concrete has high thermal mass, meaning it can easily absorb heat from the surrounding atmosphere, even on the inside of a home.

Reflective or radiant barrier insulation describes conventional materials covered in reflective materials which redirect heat away from the building. Rigid fiber board, usually installed around ductwork, furnaces, or stoves, can be installed by homeowners looking to upgrade their insulation.

Perhaps the most exciting new product described is structural insulated panels. The author defines them as prefabricated structural pieces with insulation already incorporated, and they are put together piece by piece to construct walls, ceilings, roofs, and floors. They are generally comprised of four-to-eight-inch-thick rigid foam board insulation sandwiched between two sections of oriented strand board or other similar structural material, and when fully assembled, they offer a uniform, consistent insulating experience that will deliver the ultimate in airtight living.

These panels are 20-25 percent more energy efficient than conventional materials and can create energy savings desperately needed in a still-struggling economy.

Off The Grid News is an independent organization devoted to providing practical information about living today and in light of the future. The news team looks for the truth beneath the facts of the top news stories and how they will affect your life.







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