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Cryptic House has just closed on another rental property, 40 Middle Street in Orono. This 3,800 sqft brick building was built a few years before the start of World War I. The house sits atop a small hill in downtown Orono, and we have fittingly named it "Oldhaven". With some...
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Cryptic House sold our 46 Island Avenue duplex today. After renovating the downstairs and increasing the rents by 45% we put the house on the market and sold it quickly for a significant profit. The funds raised by the sale will be reinvested in the upcoming renovations at 33 Bennoch...
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Today we retrofitted our old Victorian mansion at 33 Bennoch Road to be more energy efficient. We started by replacing all of the incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs in the building with highly efficient 5 watt LED bulbs. This reduced our maximum energy consumption for lighting from 1283 watts/hour to...
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Cryptic House has just closed on another rental property, 33 Bennoch Road in Orono. This 4,300 sqft Victorian mansion was built a decade before the Civil War, with bones that are made of monstrously huge post and beam timbers. The mansion has been an icon of downtown Orono life for...
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Today we implemented some quick and easy energy efficiencies at our 46 Island Avenue property. We started by replacing all of the incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs in the building with highly efficient 5 watt LED bulbs. This reduced our maximum energy consumption for lighting from 430 watts/hour to 177...
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This week we took another small step forward in our goal to improve the energy efficiency of our new 44-46 Main Street property. We replaced all of the incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs in the exterior stairwells and upstairs apartment with highly efficient 5 watt LED bulbs. This reduced our...
LED Energy Efficiency
This week we took the first step towards improving the energy efficiency of our new 44-46 Main Street property. We replaced all of the incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs in the basement common areas and ground floor apartment with highly efficient 5 watt LED bulbs. This reduced our maximum energy...
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This is a big day for Cryptic House. We've closed on our first commercial property, 44-46 Main Street in Orono. It's a late 19th century structure, built from huge wooden beams and a massively thick foundation. This diamond in the rough has housed dozens of families and vibrant downtown businesses...