After writing last week's post: "High CO Reading, Now What?" it occurred to me that not as many people out there: technicians, raters, or auditors; are up to speed on the age old firing rate calculation. I hope this simple procedure is easily understood as you may find it useful if you are working with negative pressure gas valves, with Energy Star Homes, or just simply forgot your manometer at the shop. I…Continue
For some reason this is never reported in the popular media, anywhere: We have blown Way Past the climate tipping point! The proof of this follows:
The Climactic Tipping Point we passed it 5 years ago! More…Continue
Added by Tom DelConte on January 8, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/…Continue
Added by Lester Shen on January 8, 2013 at 8:21am — No Comments
"Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill
How much does it cost to perform a deep-energy retrofit at a 100-year-old single-family home? Thanks to a recent study in Utica, New York, we now know the answer: about $100,000.…Continue
Hot water is required in every home. In earlier days, there were hardly any sources that can be used for heating water except fire. As the time passes, numerous advancements take place in the technology that makes life easy of the people.
Now days, if you just make a search in the market, you will come across a variety of devices that can be used for heating purposes. But barely any of them is constructed keeping in mind its affects on the environment.
We are well…
Added by Jack Sadyak on January 3, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments
We all have stories about losing power in our home for several hours—or days—and many people suspect that power interruptions are becoming more frequent. They may be right; unfortunately, the utility data are so sketchy that nobody can say for certain. But declining investment in maintenance on the part of utilities, plus the increased frequency of extreme weather caused by climate change, are almost certain to keep the blackouts coming.
One response is to buy a home generator. That’s…Continue
From the great region of the country that gave us rock, blues, country, dubstep, and Tejano music origins, not to mention the space program, horns mounted on pickup trucks, and Gilley's (everywhere, now) comes the newest invention and innovation, the …Continue
This seems to be one of the unluckiest weeks to draw in the on-call pool for a technician. You see, over the Winter you have to respond to no-heat calls much faster than a residence without cooling on Memorial or Independence Day. I remember visiting homes many Festivus evenings and getting the old clunker of a boiler running, without the swears from "A Christmas Story". But, even over the last fifteen years, being on-call has changed. If you were not able to barter your way out of…Continue
Hey guys - long time reader, first time poster. Happy to be here!
How many of you live in deregulated energy markets, by chance? If you're not familiar with them, the way they work is pretty simple. Just like deregulation across other industries, deregulated energy markets spread the regulatory power for your electricity service across a few different areas rather than condensing it all under one body. Basically, deregulated markets like Pennsylvania and Texas allow citizens…Continue
As I recently reviewed in my “Storytelling from BECC” blog, media provides a huge opportunity for the home performance industry to make it into the mainstream. That’s why I was pleased to see recently that HGTV’s show “Property Brothers” was dolling out advice that I’ve heard more than once at industry conferences.
For those of you unfamiliar, the “Property Brothers,” also known as Drew and Jonathan…Continue
Added by Macie Melendez on December 18, 2012 at 1:15pm — No Comments
The insurance industry, the world's largest business with $4.6 trillion in revenues, is making larger efforts to manage climate change-related risks, according to a new study published today in the journal Science.
"Weather- and climate-related insurance losses today average $50 billion a year. These losses have more than doubled each decade since the 1980s, adjusted for inflation," says the study's author Evan Mills, a scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 18, 2012 at 12:58pm — No Comments
Tankless- expensive, high maintenance, high failure rates, high install costs, limited flow rates, poor winter performance, long payback.
Hybrid Electric- too tall, need surrounding space for heat exchange, poor durability, noisy, may need condensate pump.
Solar- requires southern exposure, cold & cloudy days: poor performance, very long payback, high install costs
The good old Storage Tank water heater- electric is OK, fast…Continue
Promises of savings without tracking DRIVES ME NUTS. People are being harmed and we don't have any idea how big the harm is. Comprehensive Home Performance really takes off once you connect tracking results because now you can offer a thing very rare.
You can offer TRUTH. You can offer PROOF that what you say will happen, will happen. Delivering the "5th
How do we create pressure for Utilities to open up their data so tracking can be automated?…Continue
GUILTY! Once upon a time, I would have scoffed at mechanical engineers and contractors if they'd ask me, as the design architect, for a bigger room to put the HVAC (heating and air conditioning) equipment in.
"Are you crazy? And give up valuable storage space???"
They might have also ask me for dropped soffits and vertical chases to run the ductwork through. To which I would reply:
"What?!?! That's not consistent with my innovative and beautiful design! The…Continue
In 2012 we decided it was time to replace our 27-year old contractor grade double paned aluminum widows. Some of the seals had failed. Some of the window were leaking (water).
We planned to replace 19 windows initially and ended up replacing 21 in total. 11 of which were single-hung 3-0x6-0 that we replaced with double hung windows. Three had arched eye-brows and had to remain single-hung.
From my online research I was…Continue
The inability to heat one’s home is known as ‘fuel poverty’ and it is at an all time high across the UK. Around 8,000 people die each year because of it and there are urgent calls for more energy efficiency to prevent fuel poverty…Continue
In November 2012 I started replacing all CFL and Incandescent lighting in the home with new LED bulbs. At our local 'big box' home improvement store I purchased several (35) LED bulbs and began making the switch to LEDs. Over the past several years most of our incandescent lights had been replaced with CFLs. I was not happy with the performance of the CFLs both in terms of light quality and life of the bulb. It seems like every other month I was…Continue
During the past 12 months (2011/2012) we have completed several energy efficiency and other projects in our home in Plano, Texas.
Brick Veneer, slab on grade home built in 1985.
Living 1938 sq. ft.
Under Roof 2560 sq. ft.
Home faces Southeast. All rooms have ceilings above 8' with ceiling treatments (vaulted, boxed, splayed,). Home built with 24 contractor-grade windows mostly 3-0x6-0. Home…Continue
Added by Dale Stephens on December 11, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments
I am sure I am not the first to write about this, but it doesn't change expectations of homeowners or trade employers. Why is it that millionaire ball players can be successful batting .300? A pitcher can have thirty starts, win 20 games and could be named for the Cy Young? Or that a successful quarterback can throw 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions? The reason: they are much better than their peers.
Imagine, as an HVAC Tech, you got the diagnosis correct one-third of the…Continue
Added by Christopher Morin on December 4, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments