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NYT article
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/30/business/30diet.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

discusses whether 2 miles a gallon more is more improvement than putting in CFL's

"Commuting by train or bus, when that choice is available, will make the biggest difference. "

" In many parts of the country, for example, heating a home for a winter takes about as much energy as running a car for a year"

YeilB
who can skip the details of airconditioning, since I live in a temperate rainforest
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>> " In many parts of the country, for example, heating a home for a winter takes about as much energy as running a car for a year" <<

The problem is, most places that don't take a lot of energy for summer cooling OR winter heating cost about a half billion dollars for a house.

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A lot of houses & apartment buildings are not designed well for being comfortable in the summer or easy to keep warm in the winter (which would vary by climate). It's like after a/c got more common, they forgot how much of a difference it can make in the summer when there's good air circulation, or a porch, or awnings over some of the windows. Sometimes those little old houses can be pretty comfortable (and of course, sometimes not.)

There are a lot of 2 bedroom houses that were built right after WWII that run about 900 - 1100 s.f. & even after the owners have finished the attic or added on, it's pretty small compared to what's being built now. So, a lot more house to heat, and I wonder if people actually use the "great rooms" that much.

- dove
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