Barbara Smith
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Lower Use of Portable Electric Space Heaters

Started Nov 23 0 Replies

Excessive use of portable electric space heaters causes high electric bills. So we would like to lower or eliminate use of portable electric space heaters where possible.This was a leading…Continue

Eliminating Standing Pilot Light Furnaces

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Oct 23, 2015. 17 Replies

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

ENERGY STAR updates for Weatherization

Started Jan 18, 2011 0 Replies

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

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Lower Use of Portable Electric Space Heaters

Excessive use of portable electric space heaters causes high electric bills. So we would like to lower or eliminate use of portable electric space heaters where possible.This was a leading recommendation in this 2016 study on Minnesota homes, looking at how to substantially reduce energy use in homes.  Here is the article from Home Energy Magazine:When Above Average is Not Good…See More
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Barbara Smith replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"Yes. I remember Avi Friedman's Next Home that was a townhouse that you could reconfigure as family needs changed ... And a New House Bends to a Family's Needs "
Nov 23
Barbara Smith replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"I understand that a "chimney balloon" is a common solution to this problem also, and may be preferable aesthetically."
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Barbara Smith replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"Maybe this thread name could be changed to something more descriptive like "Affordable Multi Generational Housing for Native Americans"?  Anyway, it's a great topic. The U.S. Census Bureau pulled together some stats…"
Nov 23
Barbara Smith replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Big Data Analytics - Don't Believe the Hype
"There's a good post on this site (Home Energy Pros) if you search on "Energy Disaggregation."  It appears that these efforts have existed since the 1980s but now have turned into a lively industry (and…"
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Barbara Smith replied to tedkidd's discussion Dear DOE, PACE sucks - please fix or make it go away...
"What I have heard is that the presence of PACE in a jurisdiction has encouraged other entities and programs to step up and provide better financing for EE improvements."
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Barbara Smith commented on jackie harsha's blog post Energy Burden by Income
"I think this is the Link to paper cited above * 10,649 deaths were attributed to weather-related causes in the United States during 2006–2010. * Two-thirds were attributed to excessive natural cold. * Older persons, males, and non-Hispanic…"
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tedkidd replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Eliminating Standing Pilot Light Furnaces
"Makes sense. Egt could be very close to as low as return water temp, not supply water. My indirect seems to satisfy when return temp hits 115f."
Oct 23, 2015
Don Hynek replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Eliminating Standing Pilot Light Furnaces
"1) is correct. 2) is not. We install dozens of condensing boilers a year, and I clock them regularly. A sealed combustion/condensing boiler with a vertical/counterflow heat exchanger (think Triangle Tube "Prestige" or Weil McLain…"
Oct 23, 2015
Eric Kjelshus replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Eliminating Standing Pilot Light Furnaces
"Biggest pro is to keep the clay or brick or high mass chimney warm  with the 4-8" flame.   We can waste 50-70,000 BTU hr just to keep the flue working. If firing rate = 100,000 Btu/hr and SSE = 75%, then 75,000 Btu/hr go to the…"
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angela stanzione replied to angela stanzione's discussion Used Weatherization and auditing equipment for sale in the group Energy Auditing Equipment for Sale, Trade or to Purchase
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