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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...
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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
Paul Scheckel posted a blog post

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
Paul Scheckel replied to Elizabeth Guinn's discussion Sealed Combustion Wood burning stove?
"several manufacturers make air intake kits. Quadrafire is a very efficient wood stove with such a kit. You drill a hole under the stove through the floor and run ductwork out the sill or band joist. This has worked well for me in my off grid home. A…"
Oct 13, 2011
Paul Scheckel's blog post was featured

What's Next? Getting off the fossil mainline - and proving it!

This is a long one, for intrepid geeks and those who appreciate energy intrigue - I couldn't help myself, I'm sure you understand... There is so much fun to be had in the energy world these days, the limits to your imagination are bounded only by your budget.Allow me to introduce myself first, then on to the meat of hot water, off-grid, and energy monitoring. Lots of links and name dropping here for those who want some nitty gritty how to. I've been a hands-on energy geek for over 20 years. I…See More
Oct 4, 2011
Paul Scheckel replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion Beyond ENERGY STAR? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"I worked on the development of the NJ Climate Choice Home,slated to be a pilot of EPA's climate choice home (which was shelved and will be re-born soon under the name "Concept Home"). Not quite Passive House, but getting there."
Oct 3, 2011
David Eggleton commented on Paul Scheckel's blog post What's Next? Getting off the fossil mainline - and proving it!
"Hip hip hooray!  Hip hip hooray!  Hip hip hooray! An enjoyable report, Paul.  Keep those italics."
Sep 27, 2011

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Shelter Analytics; author Homeowner's Energy Handbook, Home Energy Diet
Professional Certification
RESNET, BPI
Professional Interests
savings analysis tools, energy related writing, deep energy program design, hands-on renewables
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http://www.nrgrev.com

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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…
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Posted on May 22, 2013 at 11:30am

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…

Continue

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

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…

Continue

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

What's Next? Getting off the fossil mainline - and proving it!

This is a long one, for intrepid geeks and those who appreciate energy intrigue - I couldn't help myself, I'm sure you understand... There is so much fun to be had in the energy world these days, the limits to your imagination are bounded only by your budget.

Allow me to introduce myself first, then on to the meat of hot water, off-grid, and energy monitoring. Lots of links and name dropping here for those who want some nitty gritty how to.

 

I've been a hands-on energy…

Continue

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

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