Wildlife Control at Home

Whether you are a home gardener, enjoy landscaping around your home, or just own your own home, there are times when certain species of wildlife can become a nuisance and cause damage to plants, and even greater economic losses. Wildlife damage can occur throughout the year, but the fall and winter months are times when food supplies […]

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Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are structures that capture the wind’s kinetic energy and convert it into electricity. The basic method by which turbines produce electricity is quite simple, and inspectors may want to familiarize themselves with these increasingly popular constructions. Turbine blades are shaped in such a way that wind causes them to rotate, which then makes a chain of […]

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Wind Turbines and Lightning

Wind turbines are tall, isolated towers composed of sensitive electronics, all of which are factors that make lightning a persistent and real threat. A properly installed lightning protection system, however, will intercept the lightning and effectively and safely conduct it to the earth without risking physical destruction to the wind turbine. This issue has become […]

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Window Bars

Window bars (also called safety bars and security bars) are metal bars that are installed to prevent intruders from entering a building. As an unintended consequence, window bars can slow or prevent egress during an emergency. Facts Roughly 25 people die or are injured annually in fires where escape is hindered by window bars. According to the […]

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Electricity: Origins, Consumption and Costs

Electricity — the flow of electrical power or charge — is a basic product of nature and one of the most widely used forms of energy in homes. It is generated from energy sources found in the environment, such as sunlight, coal and wind. Houses themselves are, in effect, electrical devices, fed directly from utilities to power almost all appliances, from […]

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Bloom Boxes

A Bloom Box® is a refrigerator-sized domestic power plant that produces electricity cleanly and cheaply, and may one day replace the traditional power grid. Its inventor wants to put one in every home by the year 2020. The Bloom Box® is the creation of Bloom Energy, a Sunnyvale, California-based company that promises to revolutionize energy with […]

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Window Gas Fills

Improvements in window design are an important step toward reducing overall energy costs, as heat gain and loss through windows account for up to half of a home’s heating and cooling needs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.  Gas fills, as well as other efficient or green window features, such as low-E coatings and […]

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Window Well Inspection

A window well is semi-circular excavation that surrounds a basement window. It is typically constructed from a solid barrier made from corrugated galvanized metal, masonry, plastic or pressure-treated wood. Window wells are usually installed for the following purposes: emergency egress. If the window serves a living area — as opposed to an unfinished basement with […]

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Wood Decay

Wood decay, also known as wood rot, is the decomposition of wood as the result of actions by certain species of fungi. Facts about wood decay and decay fungi: According to Ohio State University, replacement materials needed to repair damage caused by decay account for nearly 10% of U.S. annual wood production. Carpenter ants, termites […]

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Wood-Burning Stoves

A wood-burning stove (also known as a wood stove) is a heating appliance made from iron or steel that is capable of burning wood fuel. Unlike standard fireplaces, wood stoves are typically contained entirely within the living space, rather than inset in the wall. Wood stoves come in many different sizes, each suited for a […]

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