Tag Archives: green building

solar nerds

We have definitely become solar nerds. I’ve written before about timing and planning fires in the masonry stove based on the weather forecast. We’re definitely more skilled at this now than we were last year. This year’s mild winter has … Continue reading

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one year(ish)

We’ve been in the house for just more than a year now. I missed the exact one-year anniversary because a) I couldn’t remember the Great Moving Day of 2014; and b) I didn’t bother to look in old blog entries … Continue reading

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cycles o’ laundry

It’s the weekend. That means laundry. Which means multiple loads of laundry with various steps and stages. Nothing like one word–‘laundry’–that actually masks the multi-step process that can eat up a bunch of the weekend between the sorting, carrying, switching … Continue reading

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74, 78, who do we appreciate?

Passive solar and the masonry stove, of course. It was 74 F in the basement by mid-afternoon.  We don’t turn on the electric baseboard heaters unless we’re watching a movie so all of that heat came from passive solar.  Amazing, … Continue reading

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the wonders of the masonry stove

We’re well into week #3 of gray weather.  To avoid falling into hate-Ithaca-weather-talk, I’m going to focus on a positive during this time of the year: the masonry stove. The masonry stove is that big, brick thing that absorbs heat … Continue reading

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no passive solar

We’re in a long spell of cloudy, gray weather.  This is the kind of weather everyone complains about in Ithaca.  And they complain that Ithaca is “always” like this.  Not True. But we are having a relatively long, uninterrupted period … Continue reading

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the masonry stove…

… also receives a feline seal of approval. You can’t see much of the stove here, but there’s a Pennsylvania bluestone bench that goes around most of three sides.  That’s what Biscuit is lying on.  The bricks you can see … Continue reading

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