"Agreed, that is in part why benchmarking of commercial buildings including apartments, multi-family residential buildings has been adopted in many of the larger cities... and over the next 20 - 30 years it may be pushed down to smaller…"
"I routinely measured the flue temps of my old furnace multiple times over the years before it was replaced. It was a Payne Plus 90, the flue temps never were above 100F, they were down in the 80-90's... and it was perhaps 92%…"
"Solar panels can be insured just against hail damage, just like the roof.
Most panels can handle hail better than 20 year old roofs. The panels from Silicon Energy - might be able to handle a large 2+ or 3+ inch hail stone. The…"
"The big gas lines are pretty high pressure and serve a lot of different industries. The cost of moving the gas through the high pressure lines is actually pretty low... and it is generally a different company than your local gas company.…"
"The point of a condensing furnace is to EXTRACT as much heat as you can from the fuel. The flue temperatures at the inducer stays below about 80F. The failure modes for the condensing furnaces, are part wear out of the motors (fan and…"
"Remember that previously in NJ, the alternatives for electrical production was often coal, or oil fired generators. NG in significant quantity really has been a new addition in the last five+ years. The policy in NJ would have…"
"Baseboard/resistance heat homes can be upgraded. Minisplits, in ten years will pretty much drive the pure resistance heaters out of the retrofit and new construction markets. In twenty-five years perhaps 50% of those existing Oklahoma homes…"
"Our delivery fee in the Seattle area is effectively $4.06/Dth, the basic service charge is $10.29, the fuel cost is $5.90/Dth.
Utilities generally sign longer term contracts for the natural gas supplies, the supply line…"
"SInce you have other gas appliances in the house, multiple CO detectors is a good idea and a must. Gas fired furnaces pretty much keep their original efficiency (it can vary a little) through most of their lives. So long as they…"
"Prior to 2009, there had been quite a bit of work (research) done on building integrated PV (BIPV). Not the square modules, but laminates for metal roofs, PV modules that looked like shingles, PV that had the shape of fired…"
"Industry transformation happen frequently, we tend to forget that will society moves on. Since you asked the question "What am I missing?" , let me offer some examples of where society moved on.
1. Prior to…"
"I'd check with your state's utility commission. If the utility is investor owned, nearly of the utilities will have provided rate/tariff information and will have requested approval for the delivery fee.
Keystone is not the…"
"The discussion started early November 2014, cost of install has been mentioned multiple times.
In most states CO detectors are now required. Tankless heaters do not vent into the living space. In warmer climates (California…"
"Bob, should I post pictures of the yellowing of the CFL base fixtures caused by heat? You can't use a CFL as a heating element in a childs oven (as done years ago), but the bases still get quite hot.
Or should I post thermal camera…"
"In 2009 (Seattle area) when I looked at and added solar hot water to my house, I calculated the payback vs a tankless... and the solar hot water heater would take about 40 years. If the alternative is heating with electric…"
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