May 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Momentum builds for energy efficiency...but is the wolf at the door?

It says something that Ernest Moniz chose to deliver his first public talk as US energy secretary to an energy efficiency crowd.

His appearance last week at EE Global in Washington, D.C. was a surprise of sorts. And the timing was significant. Moniz had only been confirmed as energy secretary three hours before taking the podium at the Alliance to Save Energy’s annual conference.

Why did he make the stop?

Probably not because of the size of the crowd. About 550 people…

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Added by Elisa Wood on May 30, 2013 at 9:04am — 25 Comments

Scrutinizing Condensing Boilers With the Second Law of Thermodynamics (SLT)

“It’s amazing. Every year, we find somebody who comes up with a way of going around the second law (of Thermodynamics) and somehow convinces people who are very smart that it will work.”      MIT lecture on  Thermodynamics and & Kinetics, Spring 2008

 

 

Since the 1980s, hot water condensing boilers (CB) have…

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Added by Igor Zhadanovsky on May 29, 2013 at 9:31am — 15 Comments

Change is Hard—How Do You Get People to Accept It?

Changing one’s daily routine and making big decisions about money is hard. When a home performance contractor asks a customer to consider an audit, they are asking a lot. Besides the cost of the audit and any retrofit measures the homeowner chooses to pay for, which is probably the biggest challenge, there is also the inconvenience. The audit and retrofit may require the homeowner to take time off from work. Having workers climb in and out of the attic, under the crawlspace, and drill holes…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 28, 2013 at 2:37pm — No Comments

HOMES Act introduced with Bi-Partisan Sponsorship

We don't see a lot of bi-partisan bills in Congress these days. Here's one focusing on home energy-efficiency from a WV-R and a VT-D, both on the energy committee, the HOMES Act, HR 2128 (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.113hr2128) introduced yesterday.  Now, I'm not holding my breathe on passage, but I take it as a good sign that energy-efficiency is part of the…

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Added by Mike Rogers on May 24, 2013 at 12:46pm — 3 Comments

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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Added by Paul Scheckel on May 22, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Lykans $29, Vampires $0 !

Just wondered, does anyone know of a better looking intelligent managed power strip? Ethereal Star Wars Design Power Strip I've used this one for about a year and estimate it has saved about $29. Their calculations say it saves when fully loaded:…

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Added by Tom DelConte on May 20, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Universe Is Made of Stories

The late poet and political activist Muriel Rukeyser famously said, The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms. It’s not just words that make up stories. A scientific equation is a story, and so is getting up from my seat and stretching—it’s the story of back care for an editor. We can tell a story with the expression on our faces. What does it tell you when a loved one rolls her eyes at you, or blows you a kiss? How do you feel when a stranger winks at you? Flips you the bird? That last…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 17, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Preparing to Update the Heat Pump

This is the latest from Foskey Road News, a business blog that is strictly consumer focused.

by Edward Foskey

Based on the life expectancy of the heat pump that came with my house when I bought it, I know that I am already living on borrowed time. I just recently had a minor repair and the semi-annual check-up. My plans are to start preparing to replace it by next spring.

I know…

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Added by Edward Foskey on May 16, 2013 at 8:46am — 3 Comments

Selling with Rebates: The Simple Payback

  The easiest way to show a homeowner how their investment in high-efficient equipment will help their wallet is to use the "Simple Payback" Calculation.  This 'tried and true' sales tactic will quickly explain how many years before the additional investment to upgrade is paid off.  Of course, there are many features that a high-efficient system provides, like superior levels of comfort, wether it be climate control or just condenser noise just outside their children's bedroom.  These…

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Added by Christopher Morin on May 15, 2013 at 6:50pm — 16 Comments

Snugg Home Joins EnergySavvy’s Audit Partner Program to Advance Energy Efficiency

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

Snugg Home and EnergySavvy have joined forces to advance the integration of residential energy efficiency.



EnergySavvy will provide reporting and other services for energy efficiency programs, while Snugg Home will provide an advanced audit and sales tools for contractors that also collects the data from those audits that programs require. The audit tool, Snugg Pro, allows for a faster audit that generates reports designed to educate and…

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Added by Sandy Michaels on May 15, 2013 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Oodles of Acronyms & Initials for Home Energy Pros

Acronyms and initials (let's call that AI, for short, not to be confused with the other AI, which stands for artificial intelligence, or AIA, which stands for…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on May 13, 2013 at 6:54am — 1 Comment

Stiebel Eltron Heat Pumps- Energy Efficient Solutions

Looking for reliable, inexpensive and eco-friendly hot water pumps that can reduce your electricity consumptions? If you are thinking to purchase heating pumps, both for commercial as well as residential use go for either split or integrated system. These are available at moderate prices, yet majority of people are unaware about the benefits of stiebel eltron heat pumps.



Whether you are living in cold or hot climatic…

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Added by Jack Sadyak on May 8, 2013 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Solar Leasing - Consumer Guide to making an informed choice!

Solar Leasing - Creating a new Demography

Third-party solar energy system leases now account for nearly three-quarters of California’s residential solar market, and have added $ billions to the Californian economy according to reports. Popularly known as 'ZERO DOWN', leasing or 3rd party owned models have…

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Added by Bijou Lulla on May 8, 2013 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Robert Shiller Says Retrofits Are Never Worth It!

His economic truth about homeownership:

By contrast, real home prices should decline with time, except to the extent that households shell out some money and plow back some of their incomes into maintenance and improvements, because homes wear out and go out of style.

"Here is a harsh truth about homeownership: Over the long haul, it’s hard for homes to compete with the stock market in real…

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Added by Tom DelConte on May 3, 2013 at 5:00am — 9 Comments

Cool down this summer with new Nest thermostat!

Nest 2.0 just added more features today. It may or may not be compatible with your utility's smart grid, however. It now does dual fuel!

Nest Labs announced the thermostat’s latest update today, which packs in several features that should make the sweltering summer heat more bearable. And as with all of Nest’s…

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Added by Tom DelConte on May 1, 2013 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

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