Improving Fireplace Efficiency

January 15, 2010

How effective is your fireplace as a heater in your home? If your fireplace is 15 years older or more, it may “actually waste more energy than it creates throughout the season,” according to “How to Make Your Fireplace More Efficient” by Mother Earth News. Of course, replacing your fireplace with a newer, more energy-efficient

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Blowing Smoke vs. Clearing the Air: On Burn Bans

January 3, 2010

From San Francisco and Olympia, Washington, to Keene, New Hampshire, municipal governments have begun instating “burn bans” for its residents this winter, and to much ado. Citing air quality–specifically, the fine-particle pollution smoke can create–state governments are seeking to clear the air, literally, by restricting the use of wood-burning devices, including fireplaces, pellet stoves and

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