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Denim Wall Insulation

Denim Insulation is, yes, made of recycled blue jeans. It is put through a process to make it flame retardant, fungus resistant, and mostly water resistant, and to bond together the fabric shreds into a batt. Denim has the same insulation value as fiberglass, without the itchiness and danger of the the fibers in your […]

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Phillips LED Light Bulb

LED Lighting for Solar Energy Homes

When I last wrote about LED lighting, it was substantially more expensive. The prices have dropped so low now that anyone who does not replace their bulbs with LED is just being stubborn. There is an LED replacement for every kind of incandescent or fluorescent bulb. While they still cost fractionally more, they amortise in […]

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Tesla Photovoltaic Solar Shingles

Tesla Solar Roof Shingles

Tesla is becoming uniquely poised for success in 2017 and beyond, helping to build a new, sustainable world for all of us. They manufacture and install the entire system for converting any residence into a self sustaining home. Included now in that set of tools is a way to roof your entire house will photovoltaic […]

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Tesla PowerWall

Tesla has invented the answer to the problem of solar energy storage in a home for an affordable price. Yes, you can heat your home with solar energy, and there is enough sunlight in Maine. It will amortize quite quickly to become free energy for you for many years to come. If you want to […]

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Plan Set Components Chart

Architectural Plan Set Components

You may be wondering what components PencilJazz includes in a thorough set of residential construction plans. This chart will give you a general idea of what is included in a full scope construction set, although assignments vary in scope as does the level of detail requested by the client. Often, things like the Electrical Plan […]

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