It seems like every one and their brother has a Night Before Christmas parody. Mine appeared in fragments on Twitter a short while ago, during an odd moment of creative inspiration, and would’ve been completely lost to Twistory, had it not been for my good friend Sean Lintow Sr.…Continue
On November 1, 2013, Home Energy began its 30th year in existence. The story telling will begin officially in our January/February 2014 issue, when, along with a lot of new content and some new features, we reprise an article from our first issue—on the energy efficient use of water beds! Unofficially, the storytelling has already begun.
Home Energy began in an office at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a few years ago we moved our shop down the hill to West…Continue
“Weatherization Drives New Technology and the Home Performance Industry,” hosted by NASCSP, brought a full house of movers and shakers to the White House to demonstrate WAP’s technical innovations, leadership in the home performance industry, and role as a go-to partner for utility and other partnership projects. Brad Penney, on behalf of NASCSP, opened the event and thanked the…Continue
[Cross-posted from the Home Energy magazine blog]
ACI hosted its Regional Home Performance Conference (#acica13) in La Jolla, Calif. last month for approximately 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors. This event comes at a critical juncture as the second phase of Energy Upgrade California (the first was during the ARRA Recovery Act period) is currently ramped up by the Regional Area Networks, the new configuration of…Continue
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My idea of a blog isn't so much writing knowledgeably on a topic for other people to benefit from, but a personal journal of my professional experiences. I've been an Energy Auditor for almost two years and so I plan to blog about all the things I do wrong and don't know. Doesn't that sound like fun? Yeah, and my blog is SO not public. :-)
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A Shout out to Creative Marketers
by Tara Taffera
December 3rd, 2013
A Shout out to Creative Marketers
I don’t know about you but I am sick of hearing about Black Friday and Cyber Monday and am glad these are over. What I am more interested in is how companies contributed to recent events such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday.
I wrote my …Continue
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are one of the most popular energy-saving options because they emit as much light as a traditional bulb but use less energy. As simple as it may be to change a light bulb, there are some safety precautions that must be adhered to in order for the CFL to be an effective, safe, environmentally friendly option. Here are a few things you need to know when…Continue
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Aeroseal is a product that seals small leaks in the ductwork. No attic work is required by the crew to work the equipment. It is monitored by a computer program that tells when the pressure of the ductwork is low enough that most of the leakage has been sealed.
The plus side to Aeroseal is that:
1. It is able to reach inaccessible parts if the attic such as flat roofs.
2. No attic work has to be done.
Every homeowner and business owner needs to pay their electric bills but that doesn’t mean that they necessarily enjoy doing so. This is especially true when it seems as if the rates keep rising at certain times of the year. Some people look for ways to reduce their bills, whether by limiting their use of electricity or by switching companies but before doing either of these things, it is important to understand what affects the energy prices in the first place. Prices will vary slightly…Continue
Added by David Adam on November 21, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments
4 or 5 ton systems should be multi-stage...
Electricity comes at a cost. There’s simply no getting around that problem (short of installing your own solar panels, of course). However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck with high power bills. There are several ways that you can reduce the amount of your electricity cost – and they don’t necessarily involve turning off your air conditioner in the middle of summer, either. Here are some excellent ways to knock those costs down.
Get a Smart…Continue
Added by David Adam on November 18, 2013 at 11:54pm — No Comments
The old MBA technique: make the man go fetch the data, huh? It would be unconscionable to install a piece of equipment in a customer's home that is known by everyone to not be durable: http://www.amazon.com/GE-GeoSpring-Hybrid-Heater-GEH50DNSRSA/produc... One poor…Continue
We had the great pleasure of air leakage testing a new off-grid, high performance house last week. It was the most air tight building we’d ever tested!
So I met a man from SDG&E the other day. It was a chance meeting as he was explaining to a customer how he was being charged for electricity. He was very informed and I picked his brain with a few question trying not to be to intrusive. He explained some of the new changes in charges that will be forth coming. Flat rates for electricity in California
A little background.
The great Enron Crisis of 2000 caused sweeping changes in rates and how we as consumers we are charged…Continue
Added by Christopher Morin on November 10, 2013 at 11:35am — No Comments
A homeowner was referred to me as someone who might be able to help him solve a serious moisture problem in his home here in Central New York. The caller’s home started out in the 1950s as what we near the Adirondacks refer to as a “camp,” but it had been greatly expanded and improved over the years, and such places are often really lovely.
He mentioned that the moisture problem is so severe that he has a commercial dehumidifier going 24/7/365 (366 in leap year), and he…Continue
As the trees start to lose their leaves and the temperatures begin to drop, we tend to turn our home heating system on for comfort. However, what most people don’t realize is that, like any other appliance, our furnace also needs regular care in order to perform at its highest as well as to last longer.
First: Clean up your Furnace
Regardless of what type of furnace you have, …Continue
Added by Matthew Zajechowski on November 6, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments
While preparing for Home Energy’s 30th anniversary, we leafed through some of the earliest issues. Today’s issues are slick compared to those early years. It was amateur hour then because an untrained staff researched and wrote articles, prepared artwork, edited, typeset, proofed, and much more. Still, the topics have not changed much and—sadly—some of the editorials from the 1980s…Continue
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