Chris Kaiser
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Chris Kaiser commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Lighting Controls and Zero Energy Homes
"Alan, great post.  What also helps the adoption of sensors in these areas is the rise of LED lighting.  At Groom Energy, the majority of our projects for our commercial customers are LED lighting.  Unlike T5/T8 ballasts, LED life is…"
Sep 9, 2013
Chris Kaiser commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Are LED bulbs ready for homes?
"David, That is pretty surprising!  I would expect something like that from a CFL...but not from an LED bulb.  You think they'd figure out how to package something like that.  How did the ones you got that weren't broken work…"
Apr 18, 2013
David Meiland commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Are LED bulbs ready for homes?
"Based on a couple of blog posts I read here, I decided to order some of the CREE 9w LED bulbs listed above. I ordered a package of 6 from Home Depot online, since I don't live anywhere near a store. The first shipment was back-ordered a while,…"
Apr 17, 2013
David Meiland commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Are LED bulbs ready for your home?
"We are mostly LED now, although we do have a few incandescents lurking here and there, and I have (24) T8s in my shop. Previously we were mostly CFL, but they don't compare to LEDs, not even close. The cost of what I bought a year ago vs. the…"
Mar 26, 2013
Dale Stephens commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Are LED bulbs ready for your home?
"I replaced 35 incandescent bulbs back in November 2012 and paid an average price of $25.28. Replaced many CFL and so far very satisfied with the results except for two issues: 1.) RF Interference (RFI) with my garage door opener see LED RFI,…"
Mar 26, 2013
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Are LED bulbs ready for homes?

If you haven't been paying attention, LED's for the home are dropping in price like crazy. I first put up a post on the best LED A19 bulb for 60-W and 40-W replacements with pricing pulled from Amazon.But then Cree came out with their bulb and totally blew the field away.You can see a…See More
Mar 24, 2013
Chris Kaiser replied to Dennis McCarthy's discussion LEDs Magazine's comparision of some A-19 LED choices
"I created this post on What is the best A19 LED bulb (it uses dynamic pricing from Amazon for the price comparison) but wrote it before the new Cree LED bulb available at Home Depot came out, and that blows them all away.  LEDs are…"
Mar 18, 2013
Ryan Schuchler commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Home Energy Consumption for your region and your rates
"Chris, very good question. RESFEN software is pretty easy to use once you get familiar with the set up of the program. Overall, it's fairly straightforward, but if a homeowner does get stuck or have any issues on where to input certain data,…"
Sep 26, 2012
Bob Blanchette commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Home Energy Consumption for your region and your rates
"I must have missed the replay earlier. Yes you need a smartmeter (free from the utility). It does not break down use by appliance. In order to break down use by appliance each appliance would need to be metered individually."
Sep 25, 2012
Chris Kaiser commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Home Energy Consumption for your region and your rates
"Thanks Ryan.  It looks like the RESFEN program is free.  How easy is it to use if a homeowner wanted to use it prior to contacting a window installer?"
Sep 25, 2012
Ryan Schuchler commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Home Energy Consumption for your region and your rates
"Chris, thank you for the informative and well-written blog. The US Department of Energy supports a computer simulation called RESFEN, which currently provides the most accurate estimates available for home improvement energy savings. Many…"
Sep 25, 2012
Chris Kaiser commented on Tammy Kenworthy's blog post Are there Home Performance Contractors in your area working together to promote their industry?
"How can we find the results of the survey? I'd also be interested to find out what lead generation resources work.  I posted on a similar topic a few weeks ago, and it was recommend that this would be a good forum topic."
Sep 17, 2012
Curt Kinder commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Lead Generation Services for Home Energy Professionals?
"My limited experience with lead generation is that it produces tire-kickers, basically bored web surfers vaguely interested, enough to fill out a short online form but not anywhere serious enough to take on major audit and improvement program...in…"
Sep 9, 2012
Chris Kaiser replied to Alexander Bischoff's discussion Consumer Energy Scam Watch
"Alex, a news station actually did the best test I've seen so far on residential power factor correction that we covered on Mapawatt. The problem with these hucksters is that it is pretty easy for them to use an amp meter to show potential…"
Sep 9, 2012
Chris Kaiser commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Home Energy Consumption for your region and your rates
"Bob, but that's only if you have a smart meter right?  Does it break it down by end use application? "
Sep 6, 2012
Bob Blanchette commented on Chris Kaiser's blog post Home Energy Consumption for your region and your rates
"The myogepower website give me hour by hour breakdowns of power consumption and cost."
Sep 6, 2012

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Are LED bulbs ready for homes?

If you haven't been paying attention, LED's for the home are dropping in price like crazy. 

I first put up a post on the best LED A19 bulb for 60-W and 40-W replacements with pricing pulled from Amazon.

But then Cree came out with their bulb and totally blew the field…

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Posted on March 24, 2013 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Home Energy Consumption for your region and your rates

Below is a post I published on calculating a home energy use by region using a tool my utility (Georgia Power) provided (made by Apogee).  It's a nice tool to show homeowners if their utility provides something similar.  It could help you validate how improvements to the home can help save energy.

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Posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Lead Generation Services for Home Energy Professionals?

Home Energy Pros,


Has anyone used a lead generation service that they have had success with? 

What are your general thoughts about lead generation?

At Mapawatt.com, we think that linking educated consumers with home energy pros is a much needed service.  Of course there is Angie's list, but that is a paid service and I dont think it's that strong in Home Energy services.

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

Best Ways to Save Energy

This post on the Best Ways to Save Energy was originally seen on Mapawatt.  The goal is to provide homeowners a reference page that will help guide them to things they can do and incentives they can earn for saving energy.

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What are the best ways to save energy?  It’s a topic that we’ve been wondering a lot about.  The best ways to save energy for someone in Alaska are probably going to…

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Posted on August 25, 2012 at 9:03am — 6 Comments

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