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Eliminating Standing Pilot Light Furnaces
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If one had a large-scale home retrofit program with the goal of saving energy, what would be the pros and cons of a policy to replace all standing pilot light furnaces?  Health and safety…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Dec 11, 2012.

ENERGY STAR updates for Weatherization

Attached is a presentation developed for Wisconsin Weatherization agencies about the recent and expected updates to ENERGY STAR for appliances and equipment we use in our Low Income Weatherization…Continue

Tags: Wisconsin, ENERGY STAR, weatherization

Started Jan 18, 2011

 

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Barbara Smith replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Low-cost electricity monitoring: Accuracy & Applications in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Here is a useful link: http://standby.lbl.gov/measure.html This 2011 study included the following passage on why they chose to use the Watts Up…"
Oct 16
Barbara Smith joined David Eggleton's group
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1000 Home Challenge

Linda Wigington distinguished between deep retrofits & deep energy reductions, thus expanding the range of strategies & tactics from which we might propose when engaging with people, the ones who choose.See More
Oct 16
Barbara Smith replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"Eliminating quarter sized holes can impede rats from entering a building, in areas where rats tend to live: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/08/29/344022034/rats-new-york-city-tries-to-drain-rodent-reservoirs"
Aug 29
Barbara Smith replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"The only time I was present during dense packing of an attic with cellulose, people who were observing outside the home told me they saw "small rodents" jumping from the attic as we blew. "How small?" was my…"
Aug 27
Barbara Smith replied to Christopher Talarico's discussion Heating with Tankless Water Heater & Hydronic Air Handler vs. Gas Furnace
"See "Why Pay for Two Condensing Systems When One Will Do?" by Schoenbauer et al at: http://www.aceee.org/files/proceedings/2014/data/index.htm"
Aug 27
Bob Blanchette replied to Barbara Smith's discussion ENERGY STAR Furnaces & Failure of DOE Standard in the group HVAC
"Amen. Limiting size per sqft would be more effective IMHO. It would have to be installed right to deliver it's rated capacity (most systems do not)."
Aug 15
John Nicholas replied to Barbara Smith's discussion ENERGY STAR Furnaces & Failure of DOE Standard in the group HVAC
"The minimum standard proposed was scrapped due to a skipped step in the rule making process. Regional Standards are not that cost prohibitive.  Look at Windows.  We have different standards for different areas. I run into CZ 3 energy star…"
Aug 14
Bob Blanchette replied to Barbara Smith's discussion ENERGY STAR Furnaces & Failure of DOE Standard in the group HVAC
"Draft inducer electrical efficiency needs to be addressed also. Some manufacturers are still using shaded pole motors."
Aug 12
Barbara Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion ENERGY STAR Furnaces & Failure of DOE Standard in the group HVAC
"Looks like the parties have agreed to go back to a traditional rule-making process and a new furnace efficiency standard could be forthcoming - perhaps the same one that was halted in 2013!  Meanwhile, DOE instituted new furnace fan minimum…"
Aug 12
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Subslab ventilation in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Sorry Barbara I didn't get a chance to read all of it, but the first few main points they made ring true for almost everything - It Depends. With that if there is a radon issue it doesn't really matter what the penalty is as their health…"
Aug 12
Barbara Smith added a discussion to the group Best Practices (Residential)
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Subslab ventilation

Does subslab ventilation (Active Soil Depressurization) reduce basement humidity loads and what is the impact on electric loads? These were the two questions Energy Center researchers tried to answer through this field study.http://www.ecw.org/publications/dehumidification-and-subslab-ventilation-wisconsin-homes What more have we learned on this topic since 2010?See More
Aug 8
Barbara Smith replied to Mike Kandel's discussion Our Homes Suck – And That's Why Our Kids Have Sinus Problems
"RIVEC is a project of the Lawrence Berkeley Lab.  It's a residential ventilation fan controller that's a bit better than what we have now apparently.  It tests indoor and outdoor temperature and wind outdoors, and tries shifting…"
Jul 24
Barbara Smith replied to Mike Kandel's discussion Our Homes Suck – And That's Why Our Kids Have Sinus Problems
"Interesting article, thanks.  I will stay tuned to what the scientific studies say about this puzzling rise in asthma -- I doubt there is a simple, single cause.  I've known of several vibrant adults who died from it.  In…"
Jul 17
Barbara Smith replied to Roy Sakamoto's discussion Whole house air leakage
"This report has some numbers from the Wisconsin Weatherization Program. http://homeenergyplus.wi.gov/docview.asp?docid=24319&locid=25 For example, Figure 7. shows the blower door readings before and after weatherization,…"
Mar 25
Barbara Smith commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post December 9, 2013...Will It Go Down In Weatherization History As The Day That Changed The Future?
"I enjoyed the blog post above.  Thanks for sharing this information."
Dec 16, 2013
Barbara Smith replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Cycling Losses for Gas Furnaces
"ENERGY STAR's web site has a savings calculator for Furnaces: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=FU and a similar one for boilers.  Presumably these calculators would estimate…"
Nov 22, 2013

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