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Tom Miller

Tom Miller is not a building scientist, green guru or even a halfway decent DIYer. However, he is passionate about making a difference, ecologically speaking. The purpose of Tom’s blog is to share experiences and observations from a homeowner’s perspective in the hopes that it will help building professionals spot unmet needs and dramatically increase the velocity of green building adoption across the country.

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Recent Posts

Our Cottage Needs A New Roof

Posted by Tom Miller

Oct 22, 2012 1:18:00 PM

WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A SMALL COTTAGE IN NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN. Nothing fancy, but we love the area and the feel of being away from it all. With no Starbucks within 60 miles, nesting loons on the small lake, and galaxies worth of stars at night it’s just about perfect for us.

Except, it needs a new roof. And our cottage happens to be a 45 year-old A-frame, beautifully crafted with rough sawn cedar interior walls, pine tongue and groove ceilings, half-timbered exterior walls and a very large cedar shake roof.

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Geothermal Heat Pump

Posted by Tom Miller

Aug 2, 2012 1:09:00 PM

News flash: Geothermal heat exchange systems ARE NOT a source of renewable energy. And it’s OK with me.

LATELY THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF ARTICLES and blogs questioning the efficiency and energy savings of geothermal (ground source heat pump) systems. Several of these articles “exposed” the shocking fact that these systems are not renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydroelectric.

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Home Energy Management: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Posted by Tom Miller

Apr 16, 2012 10:40:00 AM

TYPICALLY, I'M NOT MUCH FOR KEEPING STATISTICAL TRACK OF THINGS. There are a few things that I do keep a close watch on (blood pressure, cholesterol, that kind of stuff).  So, several years ago when I started paying real close attention to the energy consumption and livability of both our home and office I decided it was the right time to measure a few things.

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Is the sustainability movement running out of steam?

Posted by Tom Miller

Apr 3, 2012 12:52:00 PM

WITH EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS MONTH (April 22) it seems like an appropriate time to check on the sustainability/green movement and see what kind of shape it’s in. Here’s how I’m seeing it:

The developed countries are realizing that the rest of the world wants the economic lifestyle that we enjoy. And these countries – lead by China, India and Brazil – are also experiencing huge population growth. By mid-century our 7 billion people will have 2 billion more people to feed, clothe and shelter. Oh, and provide automobiles, consumer electronics, appliances...plus food and water.

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Learning to live in a more energy efficient fashion.

Posted by Tom Miller

Jan 6, 2012 12:56:00 PM

NOW THAT WE'VE BEEN LIVING in our “new” more energy efficient sixty-year-old home for the last year or so, we’ve noticed some changes in our behavior.

The most interesting is the temperature at which we set the thermostats. Humid summers in Indiana was accompanied by a cold and clammy 70-degrees indoors. The home felt more like a damp, cool basement – all over. Now, it’s a different story. Summers mean the home stays at 40-50% relative humidity, and thermostats are set at 75- and 77-degrees respectively, for the two zones in the house. And it is very comfortable.

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