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Energy Audit and 5 Hot Tub Energy Saving Tips For Winter

Hot Tub's Ready to Go, Using Power All Winter

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

Finding a new address can be a little rough out here in the country. It doesn't help when the Google Map misses the important fact that a road is actually a dead end and it doesn't connect with another road like Google thinks. So I find two dead end roads instead of a nice continuous loop. And, as is always the case, I am on the wrong dead end. Oh well,…

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Added by Don Ames on February 20, 2012 at 3:21pm — 4 Comments

Is There a Smart Home in Your Future?

iPhone to Home: It's All About Communication and Home Automation.

by Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

Right now, it's more of a joke than a reality. For some reason, even with an iPhone or Tablet in our hands, we fail to realize the fact that someday, in the near future, we will all be living in a Smart Home. Yes, for a while, it will probably be like coming to terms with our first…

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Added by Don Ames on February 18, 2012 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Obama's budget good for energy efficiency

President Obama’s 2013 budget caused a lot of smiles this week among energy efficiency advocates – even if it is more of a wish list than anything else. Obama calls for about $1.2 billion in spending for energy efficiency.

 

What’s this mean to the energy efficiency industry?

 

Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, says that…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 17, 2012 at 10:21am — 5 Comments

Manual Thermal Control Is Always Best!



  

The finer points of thermostats are actually much more complicated than any published article covers. You must study each premium thermostat individually. If it does not have settings for swing, deadband, fan delays, early recovery, proper setbacks, etc., it's not really of good use. Dual fuel setups are even more complicated because you must decide whether to use the thermostat or the fossil fuel controller function for balance point control. You must also…

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Added by Tom DelConte on February 17, 2012 at 6:25am — 2 Comments

Thermostatus: The latest on Thermostat legal status

Many pros already know that a standard upgrade is to install a Honeywell IAQ thermostat! That's why you simply must take a look at this analysis on the Thermostat Wars, Honeywell versus Nest, which now threaten to pre-empt even the infamous browser wars, and cause consternation within the industry:…

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Added by Tom DelConte on February 16, 2012 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

BCAP Gap Analyses a Resource for Midwest States

Energy Code Gap Analyses are reports that document a particular state’s energy code infrastructure to assess current gaps, identify best practices, and give recommendations for how these practices can be improved. The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) has conducted several Gap Analyses over the course of the past year and these analyses can be a major step towards informing the state on how to reduce energy use by improving energy codes in those states. The gap analyses are part of…

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Added by Andrew Navolio on February 15, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Residential Energy Conservation - Founders Page Up

Hello follow members, I have been involved in many energy related topics lately and one of the projects I have been involved in is a new social media site that focuses on "Residential Energy Conservation" the site is call Green Plug District.

Green Plug District has their "black site" fouders page up and running allowing members to join and create profiles and add content.  Would like to have the members feedback on the contruction page and founders pages listed below:

Founders…

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Added by Michael D'Orazio on February 13, 2012 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Comfort as a Selling Point

One aspect of the HVAC industry that I believe many contractors are yet to embrace is that of utilizing comfort as a selling point. And by not doing so, they are missing out on potential business and falling farther behind the leaders of the industry. What I mean by this is that, over the past two decades, understanding of the indoor environment, indoor air quality and the interrelation of building systems has increased dramatically. Think AHRAE 55-2010, and the factors effecting human…

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Added by Adam Flowers on February 13, 2012 at 12:18pm — 3 Comments

Uncertain Future for Wind Energy in the U.S.

Congress has closed the books on a another dramatic year in American politics with no real accomplishments. Among many lingering questions is the future of wind power subsidies. Introduced in the early 1990’s, government subsidies for wind power have played a major role in the expansion of the young…

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Added by Holbert Janson on February 13, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

This Winter Is 37% Warmer than 2010-11 (by Heating Degree Days)

We celebrated Groundhog Day earlier this month. Naturally, that means we held our annual juggling festival here in Atlanta, but some people associate groundhogs with their weather forecasting ability. My question this year was, How can Punxatawney Phil (the weather predicting…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on February 13, 2012 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Opportunities for energy innovators

For a long time ‘clean’ and  ‘green’ marked the forward trend in the energy industry. Then came the quest for ‘smart’ energy.  And now ‘innovation’ is the buzzword.

 

It’s easy to see why.  As Americans, we believe our ability to innovate sets us apart in today’s international market.  Sure China can manufacture computers and cell phones more quickly and cheaply, but we came up with Google and IPhones in the first place.

 

The energy industry offers a lot of…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 10, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments

EcoDog: Part Three: The Bottom Line on FIDO Energy Monitor

FIDO Says, "I will show you where to save energy."

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

I have been spreading the news about a home energy monitoring system called FIDO by EcoDog Energy Monitoring. This is part three of a three article series. You may be interested in backtracking a little and checking out part one, 13 strong points to …

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Added by Don Ames on February 10, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments

Green Plug District - Energy Conservation

Energy conversation should be a topic we all should be focused on not only to help live a greener life style but to help reduce our own energy use and promote cost savings.

I am interested in examples of how members have taken steps, that have been successful for them in regard to energy conservation…

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Added by Michael D'Orazio on February 10, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Measuring Air Flow

Check out these fantastic tips on measuring airflow! This covers measuring with a vane, pitot tube, TESP, temp rise method, hot wire anemometer and more. Complete with videos and diagrams, it's all here. 

http://www.trutechtools.com/MeasuringAirflowTipsandTechniques 

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Added by Bill Spohn on February 10, 2012 at 6:35am — No Comments

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

On Friday, The New York Times published an article titled "In Fuel Oil Country, Cold That Cuts to the Heart." The article, about the Hartford's, an elderly couple in Maine who can't afford to pay for the oil needed to heat their (rather leaky) home, is both heart-wrenching…

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Added by Macie Melendez on February 9, 2012 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Efficiency First?

That's the name of a non-profit in San Francisco, with which Matt Golden is very closely associated, if not a founder. If you favor putting efficiency first, then that organization probably deserves your membership.

I don't understand something. What is the downside of putting efficiency first in a competitive environment? Thanks in advance for clarifying!

Added by Lorna G. Fear on February 6, 2012 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Understanding Lead Gen Services for Home Performance Businesses

This is cross posted from the Energy Circle PRO Blog.

Everyone wants more and better leads, and a lot of people have been asking me recently about Lead Generation Services, particularly since I open sourced the Cost per Acquisition Model for Home Performance Businesses.

What is…

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Added by Peter Troast on February 4, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

5 Things You Want in a Shower Head, 3 Things You Do Not

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

When I am at a residence in the middle of a Home Energy Audit and it is time to clock the flow of water at the shower nozzle in the master bathroom, I always feel like I am getting a little too personal. Have the people found what is the best shower head or are they using a gully washer of an energy waster. Have these people ever asked themselves, What is…

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Added by Don Ames on February 4, 2012 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Fresh fallen leaves stuck on furnace filter

What does it mean if the furnace filter collects lots of lint just like what the dryer makes???...Perhaps the dryer is venting inside and the filter is askew and leaks in the return air or filter gap are pulling it into the furnace. Check 'em.

What does it mean if the filter has three-dozen oak leaves pressed onto it?? Today I found an unusually high bill and a handful of foliage fallen from the neighboring trees. In the attic I found a donut of leaves under the vent where the screen…

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Added by Joseph Lamy on February 3, 2012 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

Clean energy: How much hot air?

NewScientist’s January 28 issue is likely to unsettle clean energy advocates – but it is worth the read.

 

The cover article, “Power paradox: Clean might not be green forever,” posits that even renewable energy can warm the planet, and eventually change climate, if we continue to ratchet up power production to serve our ever increasing…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 3, 2012 at 8:40am — No Comments

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