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David Eakin commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Could a Certificate Motivate Homeowners to Invest in Efficiency?
"Anna, This program looks like it may have merit, but many questions remain. I am in total agreement on the "what" and "why" of the program, just not sure of the "how". Many details are not in the CEE report - like…"
Apr 4
Anna Jursik's blog post was featured

Could a Certificate Motivate Homeowners to Invest in Efficiency?

80 percent of Minneapolis’s housing stock was built before World War II, but 40 percent of these homes have never upgraded their wall insulation. After investigating barriers to completing efficiency projects, CEE’s latest report, Energy Fit Homes, proposes awarding a certificate to homes that achieve basic efficiency standards.Existing homes need their own…See More
Apr 3
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Could a Certificate Motivate Homeowners to Invest in Efficiency?

80 percent of Minneapolis’s housing stock was built before World War II, but 40 percent of these homes have never upgraded their wall insulation. After investigating barriers to completing efficiency projects, CEE’s latest report, Energy Fit Homes, proposes awarding a certificate to homes that achieve basic efficiency standards.Existing homes need their own…See More
Apr 2
Anna Jursik's event was featured

Energy Efficiency Quality Assurance: Past, Present, and Future at Center for Energy and Environment

March 6, 2014 from 11am to 12pm
Dave Bohac, Jim Fitzgerald, Carl Nelson, and Isaac Smith will look back at what quality assurance lessons CEE has learned and speak to the challenges and opportunities ahead.CEE continues to find innovative ways of improving quality assurance in the field. This webinar will look back at what quality assurance lessons CEE has learned and speak to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Target AudienceEnergy RegulatorsUtility Program ManagersGeneral and Sub-ContractorsEnergy Audit and Program…See More
Feb 13
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Energy Efficiency Quality Assurance: Past, Present, and Future at Center for Energy and Environment

March 6, 2014 from 11am to 12pm
Dave Bohac, Jim Fitzgerald, Carl Nelson, and Isaac Smith will look back at what quality assurance lessons CEE has learned and speak to the challenges and opportunities ahead.CEE continues to find innovative ways of improving quality assurance in the field. This webinar will look back at what quality assurance lessons CEE has learned and speak to the challenges and opportunities ahead. Target AudienceEnergy RegulatorsUtility Program ManagersGeneral and Sub-ContractorsEnergy Audit and Program…See More
Feb 13
Curt Kinder commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"I'm suprised that model did as well as 3/5. Lowest EF for an HPWH that I'm aware, serious limitations revealed in testing. Fortunately it has been superseded by a much more promising Gen2 model. Gen2 still not yet in stores near me. Gen1…"
Dec 16, 2013
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Counting the Capacity that Didn't Hatch: The Rate Mitigation Effect of DSM Programs at Center for Energy and Environment

December 12, 2013 from 11am to 12pm
Minnesota’s electric utility efficiency programs have saved approximately 68,000 GWh of electricity since 1992.1 This conserved energy, which has been called “negawatts,”2 can be considered a system resource analogous to a new power plant. It allows utilities to serve their projected load with available supply resources by reducing demand rather than increasing supply.Using Xcel Energy as a case study, this analysis compares the cost of Demand Side Management (DSM) programs to the revenue…See More
Nov 22, 2013
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Counting the Capacity that Didn't Hatch: The Rate Mitigation Effect of DSM Programs at Center for Energy and Environment

December 12, 2013 from 11am to 12pm
Minnesota’s electric utility efficiency programs have saved approximately 68,000 GWh of electricity since 1992.1 This conserved energy, which has been called “negawatts,”2 can be considered a system resource analogous to a new power plant. It allows utilities to serve their projected load with available supply resources by reducing demand rather than increasing supply.Using Xcel Energy as a case study, this analysis compares the cost of Demand Side Management (DSM) programs to the revenue…See More
Nov 22, 2013
Dennis Heidner commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"I don't know of any coal plants that run that low efficiency even when transmission lines are considered.  Transmission line losses are about 1%/100 miles.  So transmission losses might be 4%, neighborhood losses a couple of more.…"
Nov 20, 2013
Leo Klisch commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"Dennis, I guess a high efficiency gas heater would mean less CO2 than electric resistance from coal and maybe even natural gas power unless a CCNG plant. Hard to say how expensive reliable CCS will be. The coal plant is located in central North…"
Nov 20, 2013
Dennis Heidner commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"Hydro has long been considered renewable - the issue is it it low impact or high impact.   Wind farms that are in the paths of bird migrations should be considered high impact.  Hydro dams that implement fish migration are called high…"
Nov 20, 2013
Kurt Albershardt commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"90% must be counting hydroelectric as renewable, with which some might take umbrage."
Nov 20, 2013
Curt Kinder commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"I've had a Geyser (Gen1 model, since improved) in continuous service since May of 2009. Works well, keeps my basement mechanical room and adjacent area cool and dry to boot."
Nov 20, 2013
Dennis Heidner commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"The percentage of energy generated using coal is dependent on your region of the US and the transmission/generation operators in that region.  In Washington probably 90% of our electricity is from renewables with maybe 10% from coal.…"
Nov 19, 2013
Leo Klisch commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"My electric cooperative in Minnesota does not appear to be supporting HPHW water heaters. The main reason is the DOE regulation that eliminates the larger off peak hot water storage tanks. Even though I have a 100 gallon off peak tank, I tend to…"
Nov 19, 2013
Kurt Albershardt commented on Anna Jursik's blog post Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters
"Raising tank temp weekly mostly happens automatically with solar here.  No such luck with a refrigerant cycle.  In-tank electric resistance elements can easily accomplish that, but the "tankless electric as last-ditch booster"…"
Nov 18, 2013

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Anna Jursik's Blog

Could a Certificate Motivate Homeowners to Invest in Efficiency?

80 percent of Minneapolis’s housing stock was built before World War II, but 40 percent of these homes have never upgraded their wall insulation. After investigating barriers to completing efficiency projects, CEE’s latest report, Energy Fit Homes, proposes awarding a certificate to homes that achieve basic efficiency standards.

Existing homes need…

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Posted on April 2, 2014 at 7:41am — 1 Comment

Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters

Contributing Author: Ben Schoenbauer 



Which residential water heating technology is best for meeting electricity savings goals? It will depend if the goal is reducing total consumption or lowering peak demand



In Minnesota,…

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Posted on November 5, 2013 at 8:40am — 39 Comments

Public Art to Promote Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response with inclusive and engaging public art installations, such as the upcoming Northeast Green Light Project.…

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The Energy Challenge'D: Crowdsourcing for Energy Efficiency

Shriver-E_HR_.jpg CEE understands that efficient technologies alone will not save energy. Consumer behavior plays a role in energy consumption, so our program design incorporates use strategies from behavioral psychology. We also like to use social media and other communication channels to educate about energy! In this post, Minnesota Energy Challenge Coordinator …

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Posted on April 15, 2013 at 7:35am

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At 6:24am on June 25, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Anna,
Welcome to Home Energy Pros.

Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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