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
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/…Continue
Greener living starts at home!There are plenty of things you can do to save energy and water around the house and reduce your bills. One of these things is to install solar panels. Solar panels on your roof can generate electricity and can help you to…Continue
Added by Lenka Rihova on December 3, 2012 at 4:10am — No Comments
We know energy efficiency can save the world, but can it save a marriage?
Leave it to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to take on that question. The agency is known for its vanguard energy research. But it is one thing to produce papers on topics like ‘Air Bypass in Vertical Stack Water Source Heat Pumps’ and another to delve into what a cold room can do to a new marriage.
That’s the premise behind Irreconcilable Temperatures, a…Continue
The installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2011 and through the first half of 2012, according to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual PV cost-tracking report produced by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
The median installed price of residential and commercial PV systems completed in 2011 fell by roughly 11% to 14% from the year before, depending on system…Continue
When I attend a conference I can always tell which sessions I find most inspirational by the amount of notes I take. While attending the annual Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC) conference on Monday of this past week in Sacramento, the note test proved itself once again. Hands down, I found the most inspiration from the afternoon Spotlight Panel titled “Hollywood, Media and Messaging.”
To be fair, I was excited about…Continue
Added by Macie Melendez on November 28, 2012 at 10:20am — No Comments
What do you call a former construction worker that knows how to dance the tango? Chris Dorsi. Okay, so maybe it’s not the best punch line, but it is certainly interesting. And that’s not the only thing we learned about Dorsi in the following interview.
Currently gearing up for regional conferences to be hosted by his newly founded company Habitat X in Portland and San Francisco, Dorsi is focused on combining professional training with…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 28, 2012 at 10:18am — No Comments
How much electricity is need to roast a Thankgiving turkey & the rest of the holiday cooking extravaganza?
Monitoring baseline data from the Phased Deep Retrofit project being done by Florida Solar Energy Center for U.S. Department of Energy allows us to answer that question. Thanksgiving cooking in our 30 home, all electric sample averaged 2.76 kWh, 2.03 kWh more than it did on the Thursday before Thanksgiving (0.73 kWh)
Note that in the…
High initial costs can discourage homeowners from making large investments in energy improvements such as new heating equipment or insulation. Our Community Energy Services (CES) residential program tries to remove this barrier by helping identify available rebates as well as offering financing options such as low interest loans. Homeowners who complete a CES home visit qualify for a…Continue
Added by Anna Jursik on November 27, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Great article. I think Courtney Moriarta may be one of the brilliant original designers of Comprehensive Home Performance:
Hopefully the current obsession with "cost effectiveness" will soon be replaced with focus on Comprehensive…Continue
Added by tedkidd on November 24, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Two years ago Software Advice predicted that electricians would be one of the best-suited construction trades to capitalize on the growth of green construction. It appears that prediction is coming true. Since 2005, the green construction industry has grown from close to three billion dollar industry to one worth roughly $48 billion.…Continue
Added by Bernard A. Ferret on November 23, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Five very full days in Orlando at NAR Annual 2012 creates a full slate of new ideas, opportunities and new thinking about old obstacles. Here are my Top 10 ideas and…Continue
The book focuses on tangible information, which can guide communities, regions, and individuals into a stable future.
Pahl first focuses on the myriad problems that we face today. With rising energy costs come increased food costs, increased cost of living, and the ultimate breakdown…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 19, 2012 at 1:29pm — No Comments
When using ACCA's Manual T for register selection, there are several basic rules that are followed regarding location. Most guidelines revolve around room air circulation and stagnant air, as well as the equipment application (heating only, cooling only, or combination). Application is the largest determining factor when it comes to return air locations.
For heating only applications, a low return duct is ideal to bring back the coldest air otherwise stagnant in the room.…Continue
Recently, the Obama government has sanctioned relief funds for people affected by the super storm Sandy as part of its LIHEAP or Low income Home Energy Assistance Program. According to the reports, around 284,000 homes have been affected in the catastrophe. The total financial loss estimated so far amounts to $88 billion. As a…Continue
The Three Laws of Home Performance Contractor
A performance contractor must do no harm through action or in action.
A performance contractor must follow the principles of building science unless they are in conflict with the first law
A performance contractor must protect…
The most terrified I've ever been was was the time I got called to do a home energy audit of the haunted house-as-a-system down the street. I still shudder when I think of that night. Yes, it was nighttime. The caller who hired me, a woman with a sultry voice, said that was the only…Continue