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Best Energy Myths
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What are some of the best energy myths you have ever heard? I think this could be good for a couple of laughs. I will start:Incandescent light bulbs give off more heat than light and because of this…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Nehemiah Stone Dec 27, 2012.

 

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Nehemiah Stone replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"Here are few of my favorites: 1. Tankless water heaters are instantaneous. 2. Tankless water heaters save energy.  (Although this is only a myth in about 1/2 of the cases to which people try to apply tankless water heaters.) 3. Radiant heat is…"
Dec 27, 2012
tedkidd replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"Thanks James!  It's really helpful to have others give examples where "stupid human thermostat tricks" hurt people.  Heat pumps are a great example.  Not much horsepower, but if you leave them on the highway…"
Dec 27, 2012
James White replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"The most common one we hear is HVAC contractors telling customers to turn their heat pumps to "Aux" or "Electric Resistance" if the autside temperature is less than 25 F.  They tell them it is bad for the heat pump to run at…"
Dec 27, 2012
Bud Poll replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"Hi ted, There's the humor side and then the reality.  Up here in north country the power companies can't disconnect homes for failure to pay during the cold months, logical.  But when the oil tank and the bank account are both…"
Dec 27, 2012
tedkidd replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"Just makes me think of people sitting on light bulbs.  Mmmm, comfortable. "
Dec 27, 2012
tedkidd replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"Brian, Sounds like you are a wethead with high level understanding of hydronic efficiency WRT to supply and return temperatures.   Maybe you can explain to folks how to squeeze the greatest efficiency out of a modulating condensing appliance?…"
Dec 27, 2012
Kevin Wood replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"I also agree because of its ability to float in the air much more easily than other Insulations of today. Because it is a fiber or rod shaped it is hard for the microphage to absorb around it. This is very similar to the problem with asbestos. Enjoy…"
Dec 26, 2012
Bud Poll replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"To a point I do agree :).  Certainly the fg we use today is superior to what was installed 40 or 50 years ago, I don't remember before that.  I have removed some pretty nasty looking old stuff, but I wonder what cellulose will look…"
Dec 26, 2012
Tom Delconte replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"Just don't use fiberglass!"
Dec 26, 2012
Bud Poll replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"I don't recall seeing this one on the list and it is frequently misunderstood. If you compress fiberglass insulation you will reduce its insulation value.  Well, yes and no. You can compress fiberglass insulation and increase its r-value…"
Dec 25, 2012
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Best Energy Myths

What are some of the best energy myths you have ever heard? I think this could be good for a couple of laughs. I will start:Incandescent light bulbs give off more heat than light and because of this they help heat my house in the winter. I don't want to switch to CFLs or LEDs because my heating bills will increase.My system is running pretty cost effectively right now because 2 of my 3 HVAC units broke down, so I am only using 1 for the whole building. That's like cutting my costs by 2/3.What…See More
Dec 24, 2012
Bud Poll replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"How about the "Short Circuit" myth, often stated, "leaving the gable vents in place when adding a ridge vent will cause the incoming air to follow the shortest path (gable to ridge) thus reducing the desired air flow from the…"
Dec 22, 2012
John Rising replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"Not sure if this qualifies or not ... I often tell this joke as the only energy joke I know. A window company's accountant notices that one of their customers has not paid his bill in over a year. She calls the client and asks him about the…"
Dec 20, 2012
David Connelly Legg replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"Houses need to breathe so air sealing is un-helathy for homes. My lights are CFLs so I can leave them on all over the house now. What do you mean insulation doesn't stop air leaks!!  Lowering the thermostat at night wastes energy because…"
Dec 20, 2012
Kevin Wood replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"14 /100 watt bulbs a fan and you got yourself a room heater. Problem is you probably don't have that many lamps in 3 houses.LOL"
Dec 17, 2012
Ed Voytovich replied to Silas Inman's discussion Best Energy Myths
"My suggestion is not at all amusing:  "We need to sell home performance to provide comfort and energy savings for home owners" Instead of: "We need to sell home performance because the earth is not so big that we humans…"
Dec 16, 2012

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Preventing Huge Holiday Electric Bills

It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us. With Thanksgiving already in the shadows many people either have already or will soon set up their Christmas or other holiday decorations. Decorations are a great way to get into the season and spread cheer but they can also be a great way to increase electric bills. As Christmas trees and decorative lighting get plugged in electric bills go up. The exact amount the bills will increase depends on the lighting being used and how the… Continue

Posted on December 2, 2010 at 12:24pm — 4 Comments

Taking the Home Energy Scoring Tool a Step Further

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) puts a great deal of focus and concern into the area of weatherization. An abundant amount of recovery act funding went towards weatherization and in return the reduction of energy consumption. In an attempt to make the auditing and assessing aspect of weatherization readily available and understood by both experts and consumers alike the DOE has created the Home Energy Scoring Tool.



This tool is available online for free and unlike similar…

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Posted on November 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Why should I monitor my energy usage?

The biggest question many professionals and consumers alike have about energy monitoring is whether or not it actually works. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently conducted a home electricity use study. This study looked at various factors, one of which was the home energy monitor. They found that using an energy monitor could result in savings of 8-25%. EPRI conducted further research into…

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Posted on November 3, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Energy Savings to the Cloud

You may have noticed the term 'cloud' or 'cloud computing' circulating around popular media. This has become an increasingly popular term and is used quite frequently by Microsoft in their recent advertising campaigns in order to create buzz. Although it is a widely used term it is not a widely understood concept. What makes cloud computing unique, or how does it work? Is it just a new term that means the internet or online?



According to Wikipedia cloud computing is web-based…

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At 9:17am on November 1, 2010, Diane Chojnowski said…
Hi Silas,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Thanks for the great photos you added! Please feel free to join or start a forum discussion or blog and to post more photos, videos or events. And...invite your colleagues!

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