Jim Gunshinan
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Should Homeowners with PV Get Paid Retail or Wholesale Prices for their Excess Electricity?
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I've been doing some research, trying to get my arms around the problem of the longterm sustainability of renewable energy in the Unites States. Here's one big challenge as I see it.Many customers…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Nov 23, 2013.

How Do We Make Energy Efficiency Sexy, or at Least Interesting?
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I was reading my local newspaper…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Aug 29, 2013.

HVAC and Home Performance, a Continuing Dialogue

ACCA Standards "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement" Out for Public Review.The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announces an…Continue

Started Aug 12, 2013

Do you use a checklist in your work?
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Checklists—The Professional's Best FriendContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Romero Aug 14, 2013.

 

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Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference (see photo), and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first.Before getting on a plane for San Diego, Bill Stewart of Stewart Heating and Air met with Michele and I at our home…See More
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Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference (see photo), and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first.Before getting on a plane for San Diego, Bill Stewart of Stewart Heating and Air met with Michele and I at our home…See More
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Glen Gallo commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"Nate, RE: Duct test On my own home and a rental I have tested more than once over the last many years. I see no major difference. While it is not the exact number it is within a couple of percent. As far off as Jim's home is something does not…"
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Jim Gunshinan commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"Thanks for all the comments. Yes, it is interesting how the duct leakage grew over the years. Maybe I bumped the ducts when I was changing my furnace filter... Our energy bills, for gas (heat, water, cooking) and electric (plug load, laundry,…"
Monday
Ed Minch commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"What sort of energy bill do you have now, what is  your target bill, and what will it cost to get there both before and after rebates?  How big is the house?  How many DD both winter and summer do you have to deal with? In your…"
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Nate Adams commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"I look forward to hearing more about the inside of the program! The big question that came to mind for me is why do you have to spend so much time and energy figuring out what the program will pay for, then letting that drive your decision? Why…"
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Glen Gallo commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"It is curious to see a 15% difference in the duct test from the test out of 2007 to the current test in. If I had numbers like that I would question one of the tests or method of work performed in 2007. Assuming you had no work done to duct work or…"
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John Proctor commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"So Jim, any idea as to how your ducts sprung another 15% leakage between 2007 and 2014? You also know that models are just models, not real houses and may not really represent what you have or will get from a retrofit. Our round robin HERS…"
Monday
Nate Adams commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"As a few others have mentioned, it's interesting how much the test out from 2007 is different from the 2014 test in. Blower Door: 400 cfm50 on the blower door could be within variance on a leaky house, but that's substantial on a pretty…"
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Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal

Our furnace is approaching 25 years old and we have no cooling capabilities, so my wife Michele and I are looking into buying some new equipment before the temperature climbs this summer. I am especially interested in installing a mini-split heat pump, which would allow us to get rid of the ductwork and furnace in our…See More
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Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal

Our furnace is approaching 25 years old and we have no cooling capabilities, so my wife Michele and I are looking into buying some new equipment before the temperature climbs this summer. I am especially interested in installing a mini-split heat pump, which would allow us to get rid of the ductwork and furnace in our…See More
Apr 7
Neal De Snoo commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post ARRA Keeps Working for You
"In response to Tom Conlon’s question, the $1.1 million EECBG grant included multifamily and commercial upgrades as well.  Development and other soft costs (program design, IT systems, reporting, adminsitration, evaluation,…"
Mar 28
Jim Gunshinan commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post ARRA Keeps Working for You
"We could go on forever citing examples of failures and successes. My original question was about the Berkeley program. You accused it of being "crap" and I asked for your evidence. The articles you mentioned are much more nuanced than you…"
Mar 26
John Redmond commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post ARRA Keeps Working for You
""Auditors estimated that the waste for the more than $800-billion Stimulus was only 0.001% of the total." How many examples do you need, Jim? How about this one in Seattle that was 4x the size of the funds that Greensboro…"
Mar 26
Jim Gunshinan commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post ARRA Keeps Working for You
"I read the article about the Greensboro experience. Very disappointing, but not a complete waste of time, in my opinion. It did provide a short term economic boost, which was one of the goals. It did provide energy saving upgrades to more than 1,000…"
Mar 25
John Redmond commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post ARRA Keeps Working for You
"I would love to know  where these fuzzy numbers come from as our program in NC was nothing but a complete waste of tax payers money with nothing permanent to show for. Practically no jobs were "created" and the ones that were…"
Mar 25

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Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference (see photo), and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first.

Before getting on a plane for San Diego, Bill Stewart of Stewart Heating and Air…

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Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal



Our furnace is approaching 25 years old and we have no cooling capabilities, so my wife Michele and I are looking into buying some new equipment before the temperature climbs this summer. I am especially interested in installing a mini-split heat pump, which would allow us to get rid of the ductwork and…

Continue

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

ARRA Keeps Working for You

Almost two years ago I posted a blog about the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA); ARRA, or the “Stimulus Bill”, has gotten pilloried in the media as a colossal failure and waste of taxpayer dollars. But if you would take the time to do a little research, you would see that most of the coverage has been far from the truth.

Because of ARRA’s support for DOE’s Weatherization…

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

The Passive House Revolution

An email came from Faith Morgan with a link to a documentary film called “Passive House Revolution,” produced by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It was a busy day, but I thought I could use a break from words, so I left the stack of unopened emails for a while and watched the film. I’m glad that I did.…

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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 4:02pm — 13 Comments

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At 9:03am on June 14, 2013, Dan Antonioli said…

Jim. Yes, I still want to friend you and learn more about your work.

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Jim, where/how do you discuss "the interface between science and religion/spirituality?"  I'd like to drop in.
 
 
 

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