October 2011 Blog Posts (31)

Take Your Average Utility Bill and Learn Where to Save Energy

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

Dollars and Cents

At the beginning of a home energy audit, I make it a habit to ask the homeowner if I can see their…

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Added by Don Ames on October 30, 2011 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

All I Know About Home Performance I Learned from a Happy Meal

There's one thing that keeps me from my favorite fast-food indulgence, the Junior Whopper with Cheese.  It's called the Happy Meal.  My kids insist on them.  And our meals are indeed happier if I forgo my trip to Burger King so we can snag Happy Meals at McDonald's instead.

How does this relate to Home Performance?

A big focus among home performance professionals at the moment is driving demand.  To do that…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 30, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Information about German technologies for home construction

Das Haus is a traveling pavilion, a North American tour and an ongoing international dialogue about advanced technologies for home construction and solar energy use. The purpose – to share German innovations that have achieved sustainable construction and operational energy…

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Added by Guido Schuler on October 28, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Is Occupy Wall Street occupying the wrong street?

My Dad and I have a running joke when we’re in the car together. “Look,” he’ll say. “Gas is cheap. It’s down to $3.39.” Cheap, he means, compared with the month before when it was $3.79 per gallon.

The joke illustrates a good point. A few years ago we were flabbergasted by gasoline prices that exceeded $3 per gallon. Now we’re really happy when it doesn’t hit $4 per gallon.

When it comes to energy, we’re like frogs in water coming to a slow boil. We’ve gotten so accustomed to…

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Added by Elisa Wood on October 28, 2011 at 9:05am — 2 Comments

Need information

What is a radiant-barrier roof insulated with open-cell foam and what is a cooling-tower-enhanced airconditioning

Added by Teddy Mitchell on October 28, 2011 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Retrofit Job

I love to hear from homeowners on the internet, although it's not always a homeowner from a publication that had work done on the subject of their publication. I always learn something about the homeowners expectations, grievances and the message they want to send about the company. People who share ideas are genius, people who share accomplishments are smart, and people who talk about people are ignorant.

Because this is relatively a new field for a lot of people I'm prone to remind…

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Added by Chris J Folse on October 27, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Should I be using triple pane windows for my retrofit project?

If a double pane window is better than a single pane window, should I use triple pane windows?

By Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

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Added by Don Ames on October 26, 2011 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Should I be using triple pane windows for my retrofit project?

Should I be using triple pane windows for my retrofit project? 

If a double pane window is better than a single pane window, should I use triple pane windows?

By Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com…

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Added by Don Ames on October 26, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Selling AC Retrofits - Notes from the field.

First I talk of safety. I mention old furnaces and CO possibilities, etc. This will usually make them sour up a bit because it is slightly a sales pitch.

Then I usually talk to homeowners about the hot and cold rooms. This is a big button and an easy one to push and get them talking. This adds to the sourness but gains…
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Added by Christopher Cadwell on October 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Duke Speaks at Midwest Power Shift 2011 Conference

GGEC Co-Founder Adam Duke spoke this past weekend at the Midwest Power Shift 2011 conference in Cleveland, OH. He was featured on a panel discussing Energy Efficiency as the Building Base of the Green Economy. (The image below is taken from the event’s program.) 

“It was really great,” says Duke, “there were a ton of extremely passionate students from all over the country. By sharing my story and insights, I was hopefully able to convey that it’s possible to pursue their passions…

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Added by Adam Duke on October 25, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

Energy Education and the Consumer

Household Energy Consumption and Successful Energy Education

by Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

behavior choices

Two homes…

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Added by Don Ames on October 23, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

How to Prevent Heat Loss with 4 Examples-Diagrams-Drawings for your Building Projects

In recent conversations with customers and peers about reducing energy loss in buildings & structures and how heat and cold are transferred into a building via conduction, I explained and made reference to using a metal cooking utensil to stir a pot of chili.

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Added by scottscontracting on October 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Time to 'like' the energy internet

We hear a lot about the upcoming democratization of energy.  But with the average consumer thinking about energy only six minutes per year, it’s fair to wonder if anyone will show up to ‘vote.’

But this week an alliance that includes the intriguing combination…

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Added by Elisa Wood on October 21, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Advice from a Homeowner

Working at Home Energy would seem to have prepared me for having an energy efficiency retrofit done on my own home, at least to ask all the right questions.  But Murphy’s Law intruded nevertheless, and you may learn from my experience.  We live in the SF Bay Area in a 970-sq ft wood-framed stucco single-family home on one floor over a basement and garage, no air conditioning, with central heat.  Our goal for the audit was to improve comfort, as hot days were hotter inside the house,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 20, 2011 at 11:37am — 10 Comments

Upcoming Webinars on Appraisal Institute's Green & EE Addendum.

The Appraisal Institute has announced a webinar on their new Green & EE Addendum. The course is open to members and non-members.  It will be presented by Sandy Adomatis, a leader in the industry on green value, and a primary author of the form.  Don't miss!  And keep an eye out at the end of November on another webinar on the same topic from Efficiency First. 

Appraisal Institute Webinar…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 20, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

Upcoming Webinars on Appraisal Institute's Green & EE Addendum.

The Appraisal Institute has announced a webinar on their new Green & EE Addendum. The course is open to members and non-members.  It will be presented by Sandy Adomatis, a leader in the industry on green value, and a primary author of the form.  Don't miss!  And keep an eye out at the end of November on another webinar on the same topic from Efficiency First. 

Appraisal Institute Webinar…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 20, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

An Energy Auditors Professional Mission

Energy Auditors: A Professional on a Mission to Save Energy

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com,  

Hopefully, most people that become Doctors, want to be Doctors. If someone is going to go digging around in my belly, I want them to enjoy what they're doing and not wish they were out leading a group of fisherman on a flounder trip.

I feel the same way about Energy Auditors, anyone that is going to test my…

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Added by Don Ames on October 18, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Creating Shared Value - The Future of Business

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.  Teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

-Chinese proverb

 

Let’s say you own a waterfront business that invests the time and resources to teach that man or woman to fish.  You routinely offer “Fishing 101” classes.  Your…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on October 18, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

COST VS VALUE VS PROFIT FOR BUILDING OR RETROFITTING

COST, as affected by real property (land & structures): Cost of land and assembling a structure as an improvement to the land. The cost of the structure is the purchase of land, planning, estimating, managing, labor and profit of the materials assembled or installed for the production of a building on improving the site. Cost is materials or unit value and the business/investment process of completing the structure or improvement on site for a…

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Added by Chris J Folse on October 17, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Priorities for Energy Efficiency

Energy Retrofits and Priorities for Energy Efficiency

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

energy efficiency

Nothing worse than saving…

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Added by Don Ames on October 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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