January 2015 Blog Posts (19)

Sales funnels are funny shaped things

One challenge seems to be at the forefront of a lot of the discussions I'm having with colleagues and associates these last few weeks is sales. Closing sales. Making the sale. Getting some traction...getting any movement at all...

Mark Mitchell is a sales and marketing consultant for the building materials industry who writes a good blog. I have been reading Mark's blog for a little while now, diving into the archives…

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Added by Shawna Henderson on January 26, 2015 at 9:23am — 1 Comment

Easy Ways to Go Green

Unlike what some people believe, going green doesn’t have to be a daunting and expensive task. There are simple things that people can do every day, such as unplugging electronics, or over a weekend such as fixing leaky faucets and changing air filters. These quick and easy ways to go green can help make a difference, no matter how small they are. Below is a short list of some of the things that you can easily do in order to go green without having to make major changes in your…

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Added by Alicia Hobbs on January 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What Is Air Pressure Tank's Main Use and Which Industries Use Them Mainly?

Air pressure tank is nothing but basically a vessel that holds air in it at a pressure that is considerable different than the atmospheric pressure. This allows the use of air tanks at multiple places where air pressure is required. Air pressure can also contain liquid sometime in pressurized conditions that may convert into pressurized gas after being released into the atmosphere. Therefore, as you may notice, the concept of…

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Added by Mary Desilva on January 25, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Static power energy box

Just wondering if You've heard of this Static power energy box that boasts energy consumption reduction. 

Added by Steve Leombruno on January 24, 2015 at 10:08am — No Comments

5 Best Free Website Builders Ideal for Creating Your Own Website

If you are still trying to participate in a mental debate about whether it makes sense for you to get a website for yourself, you can take out word on it – stop wasting time, go get yourself a website. Whether you are a freelancer offering services through the web, a photography hobbyist excited about sharing his clicks with the world, or a blogger who feels strongly about certain issues – a website can take you places. Save yourself time in everything you do, right from connecting with…

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Added by Mary Desilva on January 20, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

DM4 Digital Micro-Manometer

I am considering buying this unit. Does anyone have any experience with the DM4 Micro-manometer? Is this a dependable instrument? Any strengths or shortcomings?

 

Many thx for yor help, Roman

Added by Roman on January 20, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

Drainage Planes and Rotting Buildings

We had some serious problems with rotting in buildings that were constructed in the period 1980 and 2000s. ‘Leaky Condo Crisis’ reached fever pitch in Vancouver, BC and surrounding region (excellent Wikipedia entry details the problems, the situation and the fallout here.

In a nutshell, SoCal dry-hot climate details (no rainscreen, no overhangs)…

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Added by Shawna Henderson on January 15, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

New $1.6 Million Program Helps Electric-Heated Buildings in Chicago Save Energy, Money

Many Chicago apartment buildings are electrically heated – meaning that the primary heat source is delivered via electricity, rather than natural gas or other sources. A …

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on January 15, 2015 at 7:51am — 2 Comments

How Low Should I Operate my Heat Pump?

UPDATED: Break Even COP’s for MA

How do you know if you should install a ductless mini-split, or upgrade your air-conditioner to a heat-pump and create a dual-source application during replacement this Winter?  I have been asked this countless times over the past week!  I personally always prefer the option of multiple fuel sources, particularly since energy prices have been all over the place during the last decade.  Fortunately, using averaged…

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Added by Christopher Morin on January 14, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

What Are The Energy Efficient Refrigerators? How They Help To Save The Energy?

The major chunk of the electricity bills are covered by the primary long term appliances in the house including refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machine etc. These are those appliances that consume most of the energy and are used on a frequent basis. Refrigerators in particular are operated constantly apart from the time when the entire house goes for a vacation. In some cases the refrigerator still operates in absence in order to prevent the food from rotting. In the case of those…

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Added by Jennifer Buttler on January 14, 2015 at 6:52am — No Comments

Roof and loft insulation

The alternatives accessible to you for protecting your top will rely on upon the sort of top you have.

Pitched roofs - there are two alternatives: warm or cool space protection.

Flat roofs - there are three alternatives accessible: warm deck, cool deck or transformed top.

Cool loft protection for pitched tops

The easiest and least expensive loft protection arrangement is the fantastic 'icy space' choice. This is frequently alluded to as loft…

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Added by Mary Desilva on January 14, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

How to design a modern kitchen

Everyone's kitchen should look amazing, because once it’s built; we have to stick with it for a long time. Look out for ex display kitchen designs, kitchen appliances etc. to save money and support sustainability. Before you begin to look round, make a list of the things that you want to include in your kitchen design, as well as the ones you do not.

Try to avoid sticking to just one…

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Added by Mary Desilva on January 14, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Building Science Online Training Just Got More Affordable

Hey 2015! Here at Blue House Energy, we've a big thanks to everyone who took our Building Science Basics online course in 2014. We've been praised us to the skies <blush> for the quality of our work. We want to give more folks access to affordable, on-demand training. So, our Good Thing just became a Great Deal: our course fees are cut in half!

Register here.



If you took Building Science…

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Added by Shawna Henderson on January 13, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Research Shows That 50% of All Illness is Caused Due to Poor Indoor Air Quality!

It is quite obvious that you cook at home, sometimes dry the clothes it the rooms, boil the kettles etc. But do you know that all these…

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Added by Mclean Harry on January 12, 2015 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Daikin, Mitsubishi, Toshiba VRV / VRF / Split Air- Conditioning Systems - Seamless Integration and Remote Control Operation

The latest generation in Air-Conditioning Systems incorporates advanced VRV/VRF technology that saves energy and is extremely quiet in operation. These systems are no longer as rare as they were in the past and are now getting the attention they deserve together with increased market share.

The most prominent manufactures of such Air-Conditioning systems are Japanese with companies like: Daikin, Mitsubishi Electric, Mitsubishi…

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Added by Igor Mitbarg on January 8, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic

Ann Edminster, M.Arch, LEED AP (pictured left, observing work done in her attic) is a recognized international expert on green-home design and a principal developer of the LEED for Homes rating system. She travels widely and consults with builders, homeowners, developers, design firms, utilities, investors, and public agencies. We recently discussed what’s at the heart of the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 7, 2015 at 1:52pm — 4 Comments

New 2015 Deadline for RESNET CAZ & Workscope

In a November 2013 post, we mentioned that the RESNET Combustion Safety Deadline was fast approaching. At that point in time, RESNET had already announced that all existing HERS Raters needed to complete the new combustion safety training and testing by 2015 in order to maintain their certification. Here we are in the new year, and some may be wondering - Where do I stand? Am I still active? What do…

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Added by Everblue Training on January 7, 2015 at 10:32am — No Comments

5 Common Misconceptions about Solar Energy

As an outspoken supporter of the necessity to move toward green and reusable energy I often find myself debating individuals critical of such technologies, particularly solar energy. The level of misinformation and on occasion downright ignorance leveled toward the solar community is baffling to say the least. With so much misinformation running rampant amongst the solar skeptics amongst the world I found it prudent to clear up some of the most common distorted oppositions to an industry the…

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Added by Alicia Hobbs on January 6, 2015 at 2:04pm — 3 Comments

The Fast-Changing World of Saving Energy

In reviewing the content of Home Energy's January/February issue, I was struck by how rapidly the energy-saving business is changing. In the issue, we cover the come-from-nowhere explosion in LEDs. Another article about energy-efficient homes in Germany describes the rapid shift to near zero energy homes. That article also reminds us why it is getting risky to ignore activities on what used to be the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 6, 2015 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

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