Entries by Annapolis Noland

Unique Home Needs No Heating or Cooling

The House on the Cliff by GilBartolome Architects, in Granada, Spain is buried into the side of a cliff. It has a concrete roof that is 16 inches thick that “allows for a magnificent mix of insulation and thermal inertia.” It maintains an interior temperature of 19.5°C [67°F] year round without additional heating or cooling. […]

America’s Top Energy Efficient Baseball Park

According to the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), of all the energy efficient baseball parks in America, Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, takes the top spot. The park boasts an LEED Gold rating because of its energy-efficient building envelope. Their energy efficient approach to mechanical, electrical, lighting, heating and cooling systems results in […]

Save Energy in 2016

The Department of Energy is suggesting that as a new years resolution people consider efforts to save energy in 2016. Their suggestions, illustrated in the graphic above, include the following: Tips to Save Energy in 2016 1. Install and set a programmable thermostat. You could save an estimated 10 percent per year on heating and […]

Plumbing and Presidential Politics

As the 2016 race for the White House heats up, we’ve decided to take a look at the plumbing of presidential politics. In the summer of 2016 each major party will host their national convention. The Republican Party will have its nominating convention in Cleveland, OH at the Quicken Loans Arena from July 18th-21st. Days […]

A Consumers Guide to Home Energy Upgrades

Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes? The US Department of Energy provides “Energy Saver” tips and advice on ways consumers can reduce your heating and cooling costs and it all starts […]

Celebrity Plumbers: Famous People That Were Plumbers

Ozzy Osbourne The famous, and some would say infamous, heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne was a plumber’s apprentice and on his way to becoming a plumber himself before turning his attention to Rock & Roll. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle Before becoming a comedic legend, Fatty Arbuckle worked odd jobs and was discovered by film producer Mack […]

A Brief History of Air Conditioning

1758 All liquid evaporation has a cooling effect. Benjamin “I invented everything” Franklin and Cambridge University professor John Hadley discover that evaporation of alcohol and other volatile liquids, which evaporate faster than water, can cool down an object enough to freeze water. 1820 Inventor Michael Faraday makes the same discovery in England when he compresses […]

Plumbing Achievements: Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. For New York City, it’s the Statue of Liberty. Chicago? It’s got Buckingham Fountain, an icon that mingles water, multi-colored lights, and granite, as well as bronze and pink georgia marble. Not to mention a jet that sprays water to seemingly impossible heights. The fountain’s wow factor has […]