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smart HOUSES WITH THROWBACK INTELLIGENCE

to make a house more weather-tight and energy efficient without taking it apart or turning to a female voice-activated app. Let’s be realistic. Often there are hurdles to adding a “smart” feature to an old house; retrofitting may turn into a two- or three-step operation. An example: You’re thinking about installing solar panels. A reputable company may ask you first to reinforce the roof, and strip earlier roofing. Considering installing a new pellet stove or furnace? The chimneysweep

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