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Google Sunroof Project- Where Are They Going with Solar?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Blanchette Oct 24, 2015. 2 Replies

Google has just announced the Sunroof Project- A complete analysis tool for determining the feasibility of PV solar for your roof. Using Google maps, Earth, and analysis tools, Sunroof will calculate…Continue

Is Geothermal Dead??

Started Oct 16, 2014 0 Replies

With air source inverter-based splits continuing to achieve lower outdoor temperature heat extraction, low operating costs coupled with high SEER ratings, I'm having a hard time trying to understand…Continue

Google Nest Acquisition- Where the Home Energy Market is Going

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom DelConte Feb 7, 2014. 16 Replies

The financial news has talked about the recent 3.2 billion acquisition of  Nest, so what does that mean to the home energy market?I believe the smart money is going into energy analytics- not just…Continue

 

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Jose Macho replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"Energy auditing as a stand alone business is not a sustainable business model. The biggest factor is consumer behavior, and much like the auto industry follows the cost of energy. With cheap gas prices today, we understand the big SUV's sell…"
Mar 30
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PG&E Energy House Calls: Solar Water Heating

"I'm not interested in utility company "good will" adds which have no value to the Home Energy Pros community. What would be interesting & useful is a discussion with the contractor on the design, and mechanicals so we could learn…"
Jul 6, 2016
Jose Macho replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"What is most common in New England is the radon removal is managed below the basement concrete floor with  an outside sealed in-line fan vented above the roof line. A visible water column gage is placed on the sealed PVC  pipe in the…"
Jan 28, 2016
Jose Macho replied to Bruce Navin's discussion LED's interfering with Garage Door Openers
"Many electronic devices (your PC, for example) emit RF interference (RFI) and many are subject to FCC regulation because of the RFI issues. You can read the fine print that is included with the product. With PC's for example, the device or…"
Dec 3, 2015
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Oct 28, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Jose Macho's discussion Google Sunroof Project- Where Are They Going with Solar?
"Nice idea but conventional energy sources are currently too cheap."
Oct 24, 2015
Diane Chojnowski replied to Jose Macho's discussion Google Sunroof Project- Where Are They Going with Solar?
Sep 1, 2015
Jose Macho replied to Jonathan Ballew's discussion lifespan of air sealing materials
"From what I understand, the single can foam sealant does not provide a long term seal, especially in attic areas on top plates or basement rim joist area where unless you have a perfectly clean surface, the foam material will loosen. 2 part foam is…"
Aug 18, 2015
Jose Macho posted a discussion

Google Sunroof Project- Where Are They Going with Solar?

Google has just announced the Sunroof Project- A complete analysis tool for determining the feasibility of PV solar for your roof. Using Google maps, Earth, and analysis tools, Sunroof will calculate all the needed parameters necessary. And of course, links to Google solar installers in your area.Check it out:https://www.google.com/get/sunroof/about/See More
Aug 18, 2015
Jose Macho commented on Charlie Hewitt's blog post Revisiting Heat Pump Water Heaters
"I am aware of homeowner dissatisfaction of hybrid units not performing due to location, particularly when replacing an electric storage unit located in a confined closet location.  I would like to see more manufacturer data on required space…"
Jul 2, 2015
Tom Conlon commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"I usually enjoy Shankar's segments, but this one struck me as just another example of the media needlessly juxtaposing Conservation vs. Efficiency. Sure, we humans have a bias to horde our cash, but those of us who know better should never…"
Jun 4, 2015
Jose Macho commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"I think some of you have missed the point...What social science is saying is that people shrink from making efficiency solutions because they have to spend money, so they focus on curtailment solutions like lowering the thermostat so they are not…"
Jun 4, 2015
Jan Green commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"Listening to the "morning edition" and the results of the survey doesn't surprise me.  Encouraging someone to spend money to save money involves educating them.  It's a constant awareness campaign. "
Jun 4, 2015
Rob Buchanan commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"I think this is an interesting comparison, but I would also want to know whether similar surveys have been done with respect to energy conservation. Do people give similar, low-impact and no-cost responses? That can give us a lot of insight into…"
May 29, 2015
Bob Blanchette commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"The bigger problem is the way water is billed. Most of the charges are a fixed monthly amount that doesn't change with use. Use charges only account for a small portion of the bill."
May 29, 2015
Jose Macho's blog post was featured

Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"

A great transcript from a recent NPR "Morning Edition" broadcast about a recent California survey on water conservation efforts. The results are exactly what we find with energy conservation... When homeowners were asked what actions will save water, most said "taking shorter showers" (turning down the heat), or "keeping water off while brushing" (wearing a sweater) which of course is a complete mismatch of real saving efforts, like installing low-flow toilets (installing insulation).- which…See More
May 26, 2015

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Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 1:30pm 5 Comments

A great transcript from a recent NPR "Morning Edition" broadcast about a recent California survey on water conservation efforts. The results are exactly what we find with energy conservation... When homeowners were asked what actions will save water, most said "taking shorter showers" (turning down the heat), or "keeping water off while brushing" (wearing a sweater) which of course is a complete mismatch of real saving efforts, like installing low-flow toilets (installing insulation).- which…

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Excellent PBS Energy Program Worth Watching

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 9:01am 0 Comments

In case you missed it, PBS has been airing a series "EARTH: The Operators Manual".  The  recent episode which aired last week "Energy Quest USA" is well worth watching...

While many of us discuss methods and marketing for audits and retrofits, I believe it is the community neighbor-to-neighbor programs and activities that engage the homeowner and get results. The show profiles communities making smart energy choices based on economics and the environment. Below is a link to the…

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At 12:03pm on April 14, 2012, Jim Peck said…

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Hi Jose,

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