August 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Energy Efficiency Program for Grocers Offers Fresh Ideas – and Produce

DTE Energy helped Detroit’s grocers keep their broccoli – and their billfolds – a little greener this year with its energy-saving Grocer’s Incentive Program. The initiative won the 2011 Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Inspiring Efficiency Innovation…


Added by Andrew Navolio on August 31, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

What's Happening in the Industry, 101


Here's hoping this slide show might assist those of you who administer programs.  It can be confusing!

Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on August 30, 2011 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Attic Fans Can Cause Headaches for Technicians

Attic fans can suck air down flues causing spillage.  Spillage can cause CO poisoning.  Attic fans can't always be easily accessed or controlled.  Read on:


While doing a comprehensive quality control visit last week, our Pure Energy Final Inspector noted that both the atmospheric draft water heater and atmospheric draft boiler failed these safety tests:

  • Both spilled fumes for longer than one minute (the spillage tests failed)
  • Both had inadequate draft…

Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on August 30, 2011 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments

Wash Post reports on Green is Good for Resale!

Hopefully you caught this article over the weekend. It has been picked up and repeated like crazy!  


Kenneth Harney of the Washington Post wrote a column entitled Is green good for home resale?  The article highlights studies from Seattle, Portland and California.  It offers nice perspective on why these…


Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on August 29, 2011 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Efficient + Disaster Resilient = Sustainable

Picture a so-called “green” building in a floodplain.  Now picture a storm-hardened home guzzling gas like there is no tomorrow.

For me, neither of these conjures up an image of true sustainability.

By virtue of being built unconsciously (or defiantly) in harm’s way, a building is not durable and thus not (in my book) sustainable.  Similarly, a disaster-resilient building belching out greenhouse gases that any scientist worth their salt will tell you is contributing to present…


Added by Evan Mills on August 28, 2011 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Part 2 Home Weatherization Series

Example of How a Box Sill is Constructed using Standard Building Techniques

Box Sill-What is it? And How to Insulate the Area 

In this Article I'm going to explain how to Seal and…

Added by scottscontracting on August 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Part 1 on Home Weatherization Series

Weatherization Tips- Home-re-posted 

Attic Insulation-Energy Solutions- 
  • Part 1 on Home Weatherization Series

Attic Insulation-I've…


Added by scottscontracting on August 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

USDOE ORISE/ NYSWDA Train the trainer workshop, Sept 12-16



Added by Matthew Redmond on August 26, 2011 at 9:35am — No Comments

How much money can new lighting save your business?

Am I average?

That’s the question that often hits me when someone quotes an ‘average’ statistic. The ‘average’ business or household seems almost mythological. Few of us fall right on that point on the line.

The same is true when it comes to often quoted energy efficiency savings statistics. For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency says that replacing one old-fashion incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light will save on average $69 over the product’s…


Added by Elisa Wood on August 26, 2011 at 8:23am — No Comments

HOME ENERGY SCORE PROGRAM Pilot Summit Update to Stakeholders

Thank you for your continued interest in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Energy Score pilots. The pilots wrapped up their scoring efforts last month, with more than 1,000 homes assessed and scored in total.  We are now in the process of analyzing the pilot data as well as the wealth of information our pilot partners provided to us last week at a pilot wrap-up meeting in Washington,…


Added by Joan Glickman on August 22, 2011 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Our Remodel In a Minor Key

We got tired of sharing a bathroom, we were afraid as we grow older that we would trip and break our hips on the stairs leading from the kitchen into the garage and to our backyard; and since the only route from inside the house to our back yard was through the garage, we decided to remodel our 1,200 square foot cottage in Walnut Creek. It seems so long ago.


We did it right. We interviewed several architects and design/build companies, had an architect work with us to draw up…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 19, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Desert Year: Robust Economy and Lessons of the Sonoran Agave

by Skip Laitner

Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets

Reposted from Real Climate Economics

John ‘Skip” Laitner is an economist, enjoying a desert year while on research sabbatical  from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Skip is discovering some surprising insights from his time in the desert that can…


Added by Elisa Wood on August 19, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

First Energy Management is Proactive

First Energy has always been a leader in educating employees on field issues. An example of how First Energy's energy efficiency program managers support their contractors and administrative staff: They have hired Pure Energy Coach to teach Building Science to their program managers. The benefits include a better understanding of their contractor's decision-making. In addition, they benefit from a better understanding of their QA Contractor's comments about job quality.…


Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on August 15, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Recap: Train-the-Trainer Session for 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1-2007

*This post was drafted by Isaac Elnecave and Michael Hairston members of the MEEA Policy Team


This week, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) held a train-the-trainer session for the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007 at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota. This training was sponsored and funded by the US Department of Energy and hosted attendees from several Midwest states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.…


Added by Andrew Navolio on August 15, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

Home energy devices: Can we bewilder Edison?

Why do so many energy insiders insist that home energy automation will fail?  Many whom I respect say the typical householder will never take the time to fiddle with smart gadgets that reduce energy costs.

Their skepticism, however, just elicits a verbal shrug from Peter Porteous, CEO of…


Added by Elisa Wood on August 12, 2011 at 12:13am — 4 Comments

Early Reports on ISO 50001

Although ISO 50001 has only recently been released in the US, it has been available in other countries prior to now. A recent article highlights some of the more successful implementations of the Protocol. It should be noted that while ISO 50001 is an excellent strategy for the pursuit of energy management, it should be considered internally on a case by…


Added by Andrew Navolio on August 8, 2011 at 7:43am — 1 Comment

What if the light bulb produced more than light?

Talk about a light bulb moment.

A professor of engineering at Edinburgh University recently demonstrated for the first time to a wide audience his technology that uses common every day lights to transmit data.

Harald Haas streamed a video through a desk lamp at Ted Global 2011at Scotland’s Edinburgh International Conference Center in July.

If commercialized, the technology not only creates a vast new application for light, but also dramatically expands our now limited…


Added by Elisa Wood on August 4, 2011 at 5:42pm — 1 Comment

MEEA Partnering with City of Aurora

MEEA has scheduled a Level I Building Operator Certification (BOC) training in partnership with the City of Aurora, IL to begin in August. The City of Aurora will utilize funding from the federal Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) to cover tuition rebates for operations and maintenance staff who work for a business in Aurora or are current residents of the city. The funding will cover the full tuition cost of $1,250 for program participants who successfully complete all the…


Added by Andrew Navolio on August 2, 2011 at 2:41pm — No Comments

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