How much does cycling losses of a gas furnace reduce AFUE vs. Thermal Efficiency? Loss of efficiency for oversized AC units is well documented, but I haven't been able to find anything conclusive on…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan E. Graveamker Nov 30.
I'm glad to see LED fixtures finally becoming mainstream in the local big box stores. Purpose built fixtures make more sense than trying to make LED's look and work like A19 lamps. Here's an example…Continue
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Most of what is discussed here involves lowing energy costs for residential customers, hence the name HOME energy pros. The commercial customer has a monthly energy bill that often exceeds the amount…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Navin Jul 12, 2012.
A quick poll to see how widespread smart meter technology has become.What type of power meter do you have, and how does your utility use the technology?a: Analog dial meterb: Digital, but not a…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Rod Fox Aug 9, 2012.
Recently my 13 yr old Carrier A/C devolved a leak and I chose to replace the system rather than track down the leak and repair the coil. I had been reading about doing manual J calculations and how contractors are scared to death to undersize. I had been talking to co-workers about this and it's an uphill battle getting them to think different than 1 ton per 500sq ft. So I decided to take confidence in correct sizing and "put my money where my mouth is" and install a 2 ton sized…Continue
Posted on September 2, 2012 at 4:39pm — 1 Comment
How SmartHours Plus works: It costs more for electricity during peak periods of high customer demand.
Other factors, like weather conditions and the time of year, also drive electrical prices higher. SmartHours Plus,
sometimes known as Variable Peak Pricing (VPP), allows you to save when costs are lower, or off peak. Peak hours
are 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays, and prices during those hours vary based on demand (see chart). You’ll get advance
notice of tomorrow’s peak price the…
Posted on January 17, 2012 at 1:30pm