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MSUM professors Dennis Jacobs and Karen Branden use a swimming pool inside of their rural Detroit Lakes home as one of their sources of heat. The pool provides enough heat to postpone turning on the furnace for a couple of weeks in the heating season. Photo by Dave Wallace.

Homeowners think big in making homes energy-efficient

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Dennis Jacobs’ and Karen Branden’s swimming pool isn’t just good for a few laps.

The couple, who went to great lengths designing an energy-efficient home, use the pool to help heat the rest of the house.

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Jacobs, coordinator of Minnesota State U

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