From smart thermostats to air quality monitors to Wi-Fi enabled…
Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 17, 2014 at 4:32pm — No Comments
I left batteries in the DG700 for 2 years, 2 of them 6 corroded. Manufacturer said that the meter has to be recalibrated. I asked why? Because there is a drift of up to 1% caused by pressure sensor. The question is how significant is this amount. Say we have Blower Door air flow 1650 CFM. So 1% = 16.5 CFM or readout will be between 1666 and 1644. Is the difference practically significant?
In November 2012 I replaced 80% of my home's interior lighting with LEDs (35 bulbs total) - see my LED Lighting, 6-month update blog post.
Today, 12December2014 is my 24 month update:
My 'Life-Test' bulbs (a pair of lights above my fireplace) have been 'ON' continuously for 25 months (760 days x 24hrs/day) - 18,240…Continue
Everblue is currently hiring contract instructors in multiple locations across the country - specifically on the West Coast (Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle). If you have good social skills, a construction industry background, and you hold a RESNET HERS Rater Certification, we would like to review your resume. Our instructors are personable, informative and well qualified. We offer competitive pay and we have very low turnover. Not every position requires travel, although…Continue
Added by Everblue on December 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Alicia Hobbs on December 8, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments
In September 2013, we posted a blog called Las Vegas: Bright Lights, Green City?questioning how energy efficient a place nicknamed “Sin City” could actually be. That post focused primarily on the growth of LEED-certified buildings in the city. Here we are now, and I see that the 2015 New American Home will debut at the International Builders Show in – where else – Las Vegas…actually, Henderson, which is…Continue
Added by Everblue on December 4, 2014 at 8:02am — No Comments
Most people don't truly consider money spent on their home a real investment unless they are planning on flipping or selling the home quickly. Upgrades to energy efficiency can be a great way to improve the comfort of your home while also saving a decent amount of money every month on your utility bills. Variable speed pool pumps, insulation upgrades, sealing your leaky ductwork can all provide a strong ROI that is virtually guaranteed. Not something that you would be able to match…Continue
Added by Joshua Fletcher on December 2, 2014 at 7:05am — No Comments
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” - Thomas Alva Edison.
We’ve all learnt about the importance of renewable energy, especially solar energy, back in school days. However, it was only when we discovered that levels of our non-renewable energy sources are going down that we realized the importance of utilizing the benefits of renewable sources. That…
A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted…Continue
As many know, by the end of this year all HERS Raters & Field Inspectors (RFI’s) in good standing must complete a three prong CAZ training & testing requirement (assuming it was not part of their original training). While one can debate should they or shouldn’t they have done this, the die has been cast and the mandate has been made. In case this is news to you,…Continue
Added by Sean Lintow Sr on November 19, 2014 at 7:48am — No Comments
An important deadline is looming for existing HERS Raters. By January 1, 2015, all existing Raters must have passed both the combustion safety written and simulation exams to maintain their certification. If existing Raters do not successfully complete these tasks, they will lose their certification and will not be able to perform home energy ratings as part of their business. This also applies to existing RESNET Rating Field Inspectors.
If you earned your HERS certification prior to…Continue
Added by Everblue on November 18, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments
Mechanical strain gauge installed to measure the growth of foundation cracks…Continue
Added by Crawl Space Repair Company on November 17, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
I’m very excited to share my very first blog post on Home Energy Pros. I'm looking forward to sharing information about health, wellness and clean air technology and meet others who are as passionate about these subjects as I am. For years, I suffered from…Continue
Added by Tom Lozano on November 14, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments
Sandeep and Carolyn Sood own several apartment buildings in Chicago, but the 55-unit building at 6731 S. Jeffery Boulevard is special. The building is one of the first in the country to receive the new ENERGY STAR® certification for multifamily buildings.
“For us, it’s an important designation. It shows people that want to live here that we care.…Continue
You have probably seen those amazing images of the world at night as observed from space—hundreds of times. Below is one photo, but many others show expanded views of smaller areas. I still marvel at how those necklaces of light show the shapes of our cities. The lights tell stories, too. For example, the Korean peninsula appears surgically sliced at the Demilitarized Zone,…Continue
From January 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, several areas saw significant solar home sales when compared to the other areas of the Phoenix area. The top five zip codes were:
During this time, there were a total of 809…Continue
In October 2014, there were a total of 102 solar home sales, 44 solar homes had a solar lease while the other 58 homes had an owned solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof. October returned to the…Continue
Added by Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker on November 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
With winter right around the corner, many of us start looking at various ways to reduce heat loss and improve energy savings. One of the most common practices of improving energy savings is by installing or improving our homes insulation. This is especially true for those of us who have the luxury of living above a crawl space. Installing or improving crawl space insulation can be very beneficial. But it can also have expensive, negative effects if not done correctly. Here is a list of a few…Continue
Phoenix solar home sales were up during the third quarter of 2014, including the resale of homes with a solar lease and solar owned systems on the roofs, according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS). For the months of July, August, and September, there were a total of 289 Phoenix area homes that had either a leased or owned solar system, up 3.2 percent from the second quarter of 2014.
Solar leases made a large gain during the quarter as they accounted for 48…Continue