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Paul Scheckel replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion High-use headscratcher
"I've seen similar situations and it always comes down to either: 1 - a pump or motor that is stuck on for some reason (leak, faulty control), or needs to be on for some reason (GSHP, duck pond bubbler, recirc, HRV in the pool house) 2 -…"
Jan 21
Paul Scheckel replied to Pat Dundon's discussion David Bowie & Home Performance
"Hi Pat - thanks for all your thoughtful ideas and patient explanations. I tried to figure this model out several years ago for my own consulting biz, but could not get past the potential liabilities, legalities, and vagueries of home owners and…"
Jan 21
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Energy Ambassadors: Cuba and Vermont

Last winter i had the pleasure of hosting a Cuban colleague for a week in Vermont. We toured the state's most interesting energy related sites and shared cultural perspectives. A few years earlier, Mario co-hosted an energy professionals group I toured with in Cuba. I like to think of us as Energy Ambassadors. It's a great story, but only the first chapter has been written!…See More
Oct 13, 2015
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Energy Ambassadors: Cuba and Vermont

Last winter i had the pleasure of hosting a Cuban colleague for a week in Vermont. We toured the state's most interesting energy related sites and shared cultural perspectives. A few years earlier, Mario co-hosted an energy professionals group I toured with in Cuba. I like to think of us as Energy Ambassadors. It's a great story, but only the first chapter has been written!…See More
Oct 6, 2015
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Wood Gas Truck Overview

A 10 minute introduction to the parts and processes of a wood gas vehicle. I interviewed John for my book "The Homeowner's Energy Handbook", where you can le...
Jul 8, 2013
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Less oil, more courage: Energy and Art

Hard to admit, but I'm not all fun-facts all the time. Sometimes I even pay attention to things that aren't energy related. So, rather engineering geek-speak that dominates the energy efficiency professional’s lexicon, today’s post is about “energy art” as a counterbalance to the usual “art of energy” commentary. This is a subject I've been following for many years and it's inspiring to see what artists can do with solar panels, radiators, and flame. Today, I'm particularly intrigued with a…See More
May 22, 2013
Paul Scheckel commented on Paul Scheckel's blog post Homeowner's Energy Handbook
"Better yet, buy local!www.indiebound.orgThanks!"
Mar 17, 2013
Tom DelConte commented on Paul Scheckel's blog post Homeowner's Energy Handbook
"Excellent reply! I'm ordering one from Amazon right now. Thank you for taking the time to write. TDC"
Mar 15, 2013
Paul Scheckel commented on Paul Scheckel's blog post Homeowner's Energy Handbook
"Yes, all this efficiency and renewables stuff is just too far out to be realistic. Duh! what was I thinking? I could've been an economist! Gotta go shake the grate on the gasifier..."
Mar 14, 2013
Tom DelConte commented on Paul Scheckel's blog post Homeowner's Energy Handbook
"Hello Paul, Is it free? If not, then please answer my questions: I guess 'renewable ready' is good, but everthing else on your list is Bad. Deep energy retrofit- not recommended by the U.S. most famous economist, who predicted the real…"
Mar 14, 2013
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Homeowner's Energy Handbook

Friends and Colleagues I'm happy to announce the release of my new book, "The Homeowner's Energy Handbook".The book is written for a varied audience and is split between energy efficiency and renewable energy topics. I hope it might be something that you or your customers might find useful. There are several…See More
Mar 14, 2013
Paul Scheckel's blog post was featured

Energy Planning, Energy Action

Vermont has a new comprehensive energy plan that is full of thoughtful - though non-binding and unfunded - ideas. The plan calls for meeting 90% of the state's energy needs through renewables by 2050. Energy professionals know that it makes sense to dramatically reduce the energy requirements of homes and meet a large portion of remaining needs with renewables. We know how to do the work, what we don’t know is how to pay for it – solar panels and insulation are just too expensive. Really?…See More
Jan 26, 2012
Bob Blanchette commented on Paul Scheckel's blog post Energy Planning, Energy Action
"Agreed artificially low energy prices has been killing the incentive to weatherize homes. The $400B comes out of taxpayers pockets and benefits ratepayers. Just another way the gubbament buys votes by playing Robinhood. Take the $400B from the top…"
Jan 20, 2012
Paul Scheckel replied to Classic Residential, Inc.'s discussion Refrigerator and Freezer kWh/y Database in the group Tools of the Trade
"yes - any kwh meter will do. get a few days worth of data for best accuracy."
Oct 28, 2011
Paul Scheckel replied to Classic Residential, Inc.'s discussion Refrigerator and Freezer kWh/y Database in the group Tools of the Trade
"don't think there is any kind of standard, especially given that even the usage of new units can vary quite a bit from rated kwh. Nothing like a metered test!"
Oct 28, 2011
Paul Scheckel replied to Classic Residential, Inc.'s discussion Refrigerator and Freezer kWh/y Database in the group Tools of the Trade
"while somewhat dated, WAPTAC has some good resources http://www.waptac.org/Refrigerator-Guide/Analysis-Tool.aspx AHAM has more recent data http://www.aham.org/  "
Oct 28, 2011

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Independent efficiency and renewables consultant ; author Homeowner's Energy Handbook, Home Energy Diet
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Energy Ambassadors: Cuba and Vermont

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 5:11am 0 Comments

Last winter i had the pleasure of hosting a Cuban colleague for a week in Vermont. We toured the state's most interesting energy related sites and shared cultural perspectives. A few years earlier, Mario co-hosted an energy professionals group I toured with in Cuba. I like to think of us as Energy Ambassadors. It's a great story, but only the first chapter has been written!…

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Less oil, more courage: Energy and Art

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Hard to admit, but I'm not all fun-facts all the time. Sometimes I even pay attention to things that aren't energy related. So, rather engineering geek-speak that dominates the energy efficiency professional’s lexicon, today’s post is about “energy art” as a counterbalance to the usual “art of energy” commentary. This is a subject I've been following for many years and it's inspiring to see what artists can do with solar panels, radiators, and flame.
 
Today, I'm…
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Homeowner's Energy Handbook

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:00am 4 Comments

Friends and Colleagues 

I'm happy to announce the release of my new book, "The Homeowner's Energy Handbook".

The book is written for a varied audience and is split between energy efficiency and renewable energy topics. I hope it might be something that you or your customers might find…

Continue

Energy Planning, Energy Action

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 6:42am 1 Comment

Vermont has a new comprehensive energy plan that is full of thoughtful - though non-binding and unfunded - ideas. The plan calls for meeting 90% of the state's energy needs through renewables by 2050.

Energy professionals know that it makes sense to dramatically reduce the energy requirements of homes and meet a large portion of remaining needs with renewables. We know how to do the work, what we don’t know is how to pay for it – solar panels and insulation are just…

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