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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 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…"
23 hours ago
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,…"
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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
Curt Kinder replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"If I've just put a bunch of warm,soup, sauce, meat, beer or chowder in my fridge, the last thing I need to have happen is for the utility to diddle around with my fridge settings. If this becomes widespread, "Demand Response Disconnect…"
Jul 30, 2013
Dennis Heidner replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Bob,  Last June at the annual ASHRAE conference there was a talk on smart grid ready refrigerators.  They actually tried them and (utility was involved) they sent signals to trigger demand reduction.  The results presented was that it…"
Jul 30, 2013
Curt Kinder replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Except that the compressor does not (should not...) be running continuously under normal circumstances, typical duty cycle is more like 50%. In addition, any rise in case temperature occasioned by reduced duty cycle during peak would have to be made…"
Jun 29, 2013
Bob Blanchette replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Hence "may" save a quarter per day. Looks like I was being overly generous on the amount of potential savings.. Peak rate in our area is anywhere from .09 to .44 per KWH. Peak is 5hrs long (2-7pm). On a 44cent day not running the 100W…"
Jun 29, 2013
tedkidd replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"LOL.  Darn, you beat me to it.   Refrigerators today are so frighteningly efficient leaving a CFL running all year will use more energy.   Curt, this isn't about saving REAL energy, it's about saving mythical energy and…"
Jun 28, 2013
Curt Kinder replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"A quarter per day! How so? Suppose a typical full size fridge uses 1.5 kWh / day (many do better) Suppose also the peak period is 6 hours long, say from 1 to 7 PM Reducing fridge power during peak (1.5 / (6/24)) by 50% from 0.375 kwh to 0.1875 kwh…"
Jun 28, 2013
Bob Blanchette replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Agreed, shutting off the fridge compressor isn't going to save your electric bill but when rates are 4X what off peak costs, turning the temp up a little may save a quarter per day. Other than that I see no purpose for a grid connected…"
Jun 28, 2013
Bill Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Wow, I'd forgotten about that. Combine that with this: http://ces.cnet.com/1606-34441_1-50138471.html. and you have really improved my life! If automatic beer deliveries could be included we are approaching perfection."
Jan 25, 2013
David Meiland replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Personally, I wish my refrigerator had energy use information on the display. Seems like it would be a cheap and easy add for the manufacturer, and it could alert me if there's an issue and energy use goes up above normal. So many cars and…"
Jan 25, 2013
Bill Smith replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Count me as a bit skeptical at this point. Will it be useful or just intrusive? For demand response I doubt that refrigerators are enough of a target to be worthwhile for most utilities. Perhaps if combined with AC or DHW there might be enough load…"
Jan 25, 2013
Barbara Smith added a discussion to the group Best Practices (Residential)
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Connected home refrigerators - are we excited?

A read-through of the revisions proposed for ENERGY STAR refrigerators (expected to take effect in March 2014) indicate that "connectivity" capability is included in the guideline. http://energystar.gov/products/specs/node/125Presumably, this connectivity will make it possible for demand response programs to order refrigerators not to defrost (or otherwise reduce electric demand) during a power shortage period.  Or maybe connectivity…See More
Jan 25, 2013

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