Seems pretty elementary doesn't it? What should be a simple safety check on fossil fuel burning appliances, particularly for boilers with regards to ease of inspection, often is assumed with complacency or even goes unchecked. I know everyone's maintenance schedule is packing up in the Northeast…Continue
HVAC guys (hopefully) know the importance of measuring static pressure, but what about energy auditors? All auditors should be measuring static pressure because it tells us how well the air is moving through the ductwork under operating conditions, not under 50 Pa of blower door pressure.
A high static pressure means there are restrictions on your supply ducts (the ones pushing air out and cooling your home) or that there too many restrictions on…Continue
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was budgeted $2.5-billion by Congress in 2013. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was allowed $68-million. Does anyone see a contradiction here?
LIHEAP provides, primarily, emergency help for households who can’t afford to heat their homes in the winter or cool their homes in the summer. It saves the health and sometimes the lives of vulnerable people. It’s a great program. But it is designed to provide help during…Continue
Last evening my wife Michele and I walked a few blocks from the hotel in Phoenix where the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is holding it’s Annual Training Conference, to an Open Market. There were a circle of food trucks and tables offering fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 12, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments
The utility of hot water systems has increased significantly in the recent times for heating water. Their energy efficient mechanism not only ensures reduced electricity consumption, but also puts a great relief on your monthly expenses.
One of the most popular brands in the industry, DUX brings noticeable changes from time to time, so as to provide a top class heat pump hot water…
Added by Jack Sadyak on September 12, 2013 at 12:16am — No Comments
There are many advantages of geothermal heat, but the main one is that there is no boiler or furnace needed to burn fuel.
As you are…Continue
Added by Bill Meehan on September 6, 2013 at 8:13am — No Comments
The world’s first touchscreen WiFi gauge
Webinar Sept 12/2013 11AM PDT, 2PM EDT
The DM32 controls all blower doors, duct testers, and some flow grids. We’ve even introduced advanced features that will not only modernize just the gauge but the older devices attached to them as well. For example, automatic corrections can be made in the gauge for system backpressure correction when using flow grids. Control your gauge using any mobile…Continue
An article in the September/October issue of Home Energy, "Boosting Multifamily Energy Savings Through Lighting Control Settings" (page 38), has implications beyond dramatic savings in stairwells in apartment buildings. Ostensibly the article is about proper settings for motion sensors and the…Continue
Rick and Joann Sandoval live in a green Ferrari – a souped-up, high-performance home loaded with energy-sipping systems and green-home features. But when it came time to refinance their house and capture value from those items, the Sandovals were going nowhere…Continue
The thought of establishment repair is sufficient to make most property holders alarm, however how would you know when you require it? Is that little stream of water in your basement truly an indication of a difficult issue? Shockingly, it more often than not is. A touch of water does not generally demonstrate an issue with the establishment, but rather in the event that it is, you must act rapidly to avoid exorbitant harm to your home. Time is of the embodiment in terms of establishment for…Continue
Added by Mary Desilva on September 3, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments
...and spots are filling up quickly, so register today! The deadline to sign up is Thursday, September 5th.
If you haven't heard about RaterFest! before, or you need a refresher on all the exciting details, visit our website: http://energylogicacademy.com/e-pro/raterfest-2/. You can earn a variety of professional CEU's, engage in great networking and learning opportunities, eat delicious meals, and enjoy the…Continue
Added by EnergyLogic Academy on August 29, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments
Volunteer for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO!
Confluence Communications is pleased to be involved in managing the volunteer program for this exciting event, taking place Oct. 3-13 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Volunteers are an important part of this exciting event. To register or find out more about volunteering, visit:…Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on August 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Imagine knowing the refrigerant charge was correct on a Central Heat Pump or A/C without attaching gauges! No, I am not referring to the Lennox "Approach" calculation, which I have found to be very unreliable to predict refrigerant charge, but instead using the simple total capacity calculation with the correct tool.…
Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.
One result is that energy…Continue
My home has 3 pocket doors whose open track areas I have caulked well best as I can from the door jams without removing the track or framing around it. I believe I should attack the remainder of the leaks from the attic and from the basement. Are there any folks out there who might share their thoughts on the recommended methodology for best doing this? Thanks much in advance. John Harper
Added by John Harper on August 18, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
Installing heat pump at homes, for hot water needs is an effective medium of controlling electricity bills and adopting greener approach to save environment. These pumps take heat from atmospheric air and pass it onto the water tank with the help of refrigerants.
If studies are to be believed, Dux Airoheat pumps can save up to 25% of the energy consumption in an average home. However, before…
Added by Jack Sadyak on August 14, 2013 at 11:57pm — No Comments
EnergyLogic is excited to invite you to the 5th annual RaterFest! event, one of the best conferences and values in the industry! This year's retreat will take place on September 13th - 15th, 2013 near Black Hawk, CO. This incredible 2.5 day conference is nestled amongst the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, and provides attendees with a focused opportunity to learn, network, and interact with fellow Energy…Continue
Added by EnergyLogic Academy on August 13, 2013 at 2:32pm — No Comments
Just read a book about the work of an environmental mediator, Lucy Moore, Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator (Island Press). What I liked most about this book was that it was a series of ten stories. There…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 12, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
My colleague Jenny Edwards often describes the…Continue
Used car salesmen get a bad rap, and there are good reasons for that. But I think the home performance community can learn from them in some important ways. I say that as someone who once had a serious case of buyer’s remorse, but got over it.
When I first moved to California I was working at an independent bookstore in Berkeley, and I liked the idea of not having a car. But after a year I realized that I couldn’t get everywhere I wanted to go in a timely manner on BART (Bay…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 5, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments