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you might be an energy auditor if
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ya write dumb songs about yer job like: When yer payin high bills and still shiverin chills,Or yer house is smellin moldyAnd yer kids are coughin' coldy-Don't call the doctor,Doh-ho-ho-hon't call the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Lamy Jul 27, 2011.

 

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Joseph Lamy replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Water Saver or Gimmick? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Thanks for the re-iterations. Early in 2011 a friend, also an energy auditor, slipped a chilipepper into her plumbing. And OH what a relief! Water bills dropped; kids love it. Even the noisy iterations had value -You KNOW when it's done and the…"
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Joseph Lamy commented on Joseph Lamy's blog post Solar and wind have a new best friend - Liquid Metal Batteries
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Solar and wind have a new best friend - Liquid Metal Batteries

Dirt-cheap elements store power in compact densityAmbriAs reliable energy sources, solar and wind once had a couple of similar problems – darkness all night and the proverbial calm before the storm, respectively. On the bright side, though, when these natural forces become our power sources, then the heat and the light are free - free as the wind blows. Today, solar and wind have a new best friend - Liquid Metal Batteries.MIT prof creates Liquid Metal BatteryLiquid metal batteries can store…See More
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"Hi Gerry! Happ P Holidays, olde timer ! :) from a KC kid from the 70s and 80s when Midland Energy Institute was alive and breathing life into old homes in the heartland. You look good in Silvery hair and the same old green shirt! Stay warm"
Dec 20, 2013
Joseph Lamy commented on Melissa Ulbricht's blog post Making the Invisible Visible: Valuing Energy Efficiency Improvements in a Real Estate Transaction
"The negawatt...watta concept..an unholy un-grail, ..from wiki.. "Roughly 10% of all U.S. electrical generating capacity is in place to meet the last 1% of demand and there is where the immediate efficiency opportunity exists. On March 15, 2011,…"
Sep 3, 2013
Joseph Lamy replied to Mike Kandel's discussion BPI Signs MOU with EEM to Expand Market for Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate to Real Estate Community
"This is the kind of marriage that brings babies and grandchildren, my non-corporatists friends and cohorts. The ShelterSmith inside each of us is taking on an increased glow, a patina. The tiny wakes of our caulking guns, duct mastic and…"
Aug 12, 2013
Joseph Lamy replied to Rich Johnson's discussion Elec Coil heat vs Heat Pump
"About the biggest joy I get from my mini-split is the gawks. First, they gawk, listening FOR the dang sound! They can FEEL the coolth or warmth spreading across the room, but they gawk and balk and twist their head to bend the ears and shrug. Age.…"
Aug 11, 2013
Joseph Lamy replied to Rich Johnson's discussion Elec Coil heat vs Heat Pump
"The add-on electric heat coil has morphed into a ductless heat pump that eliminates dust loss, pressure related convective losses associated with unitary heat pumps that were noisy blends of old technologies and centralized mistakes of last century.…"
Aug 11, 2013
Joseph Lamy commented on Elisa Wood's blog post Momentum builds for energy efficiency...but is the wolf at the door?
"If a cheapo electric resistance heater delivers 3413 BTU every hour for a dime, and costs me $15.99, please tell the Court how a mini-split heat pump delivering 3413 BTU every hour for 3 cents is a bargain for an installed price of $6,999... If…"
Jun 12, 2013
Joseph Lamy commented on Macie Melendez's blog post The Future of Home Performance is Wrapped in Cheese—Q&A with Dave Robinson
"My little (670 sq. ft) Boeing box (23 X 29) circa 1942, has four corners and a new roof...and TAA DAA a one head mini-split. This little whispering suitcase (12,000 BTU/h HANDLES the job. With tight and fuzzy all over it, the box is retrieved from…"
Apr 25, 2013
Joseph Lamy replied to George Kopf's discussion ASHRAE 62.2.2010 and the $20 app
"R.J. karg, Please accept my apology for such inane and unfounded accusations based on nothing. I hope nobody ever treats ME this way! From what little I know, I actually know even less than i thought I knew! dang i hate this life lesson .…"
Mar 28, 2013
Joseph Lamy replied to George Kopf's discussion ASHRAE 62.2.2010 and the $20 app
"Good piece of writing, George. If we could somehow add up the man-hours and then magically multiply that number times the stress factor, we could have a better value than the $19.95 times X chunk for whoever devised this RACKET! Nope, not…"
Mar 28, 2013
Joseph Lamy commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Installing Ducted Mini-Splits and ERV in Modern High Performance Home
"Ducted ductless do deliver. Quiet, comfy and carbon-free. Some of that mastic was wasted! It is particularly tasty with spicy peanut sauce, or even a dash of taco sauce is good too. It looks likje 2 or 3 meals just sitting there, waiting to stick to…"
Mar 28, 2013
Joseph Lamy commented on Tom Delconte's blog post Revolutionary Heat Pump Design Good for 10,000 years, here in five!
"Well Dang! I just got my mini-split installed. and here they're coming out with one so adaptable that mine is gonna get obsolesced! Yahoo! And these splits have been in Euro and Asian homes for a few decades now and finally beginning to make a…"
Feb 18, 2013
Joseph Lamy replied to Noah Glatfelter's discussion If you had 30 seconds to tell a homeowner what your company does, how would it go?
"Over there, in her chair, at home, she's wondering when those Winter winds are gonna come and blow all of the warmth out of her bones. We splay the rainbows, you and I. We splay the rainbows in her eyes. We spread the colors of the reignbows…"
Feb 18, 2013
Joseph Lamy replied to Noah Glatfelter's discussion If you had 30 seconds to tell a homeowner what your company does, how would it go?
"Home performance contractors discover opportunities to improve housing stock. We leave it safer and more comfortable, healthier and easier on the resources. The added value resides in its durability, sustainability and long-term minimalist impact…"
Feb 18, 2013

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Solar and wind have a new best friend - Liquid Metal Batteries

As reliable energy sources, solar and wind once had a couple of similar problems – darkness all night and the proverbial calm before the storm, respectively. On the bright side, though, when these natural forces become our power sources, then the heat and the light are free -…
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Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Fresh fallen leaves stuck on furnace filter

What does it mean if the furnace filter collects lots of lint just like what the dryer makes???...Perhaps the dryer is venting inside and the filter is askew and leaks in the return air or filter gap are pulling it into the furnace. Check 'em.

What does it mean if the filter has three-dozen oak leaves pressed onto it?? Today I found an unusually high bill and a handful of foliage fallen from the neighboring trees. In the attic I found a donut of leaves under the vent where the screen…

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Posted on February 3, 2012 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

Waxing Nostalgic

The candle has been around the cave and the realm of weatherization and energy efficiency for some time now, but here’s an app which few have ever conceptualized.

 

In the early days of weatherization, before the thermagraph, even before the blower door, the trusty candle provided us several enlightening concepts. It would flicker when breezes brushed against its flame as a clear indicator of infiltration. Before the fancy schmancy digital manometers, a few old timers would…

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Posted on July 21, 2011 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

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