Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (IHP) is currently sponsoring a building science training series. The most recent training took place in Normal, Illinois at Heartland Community College on Infrared technologies such as infrared cameras and images used to detect problem areas in buildings. Brian Kumer, owner of Thermal Imaging Services, was the instructor for this 8-hour course which consisted of both a classroom portion and a field portion.…Continue
Added by Andrew Navolio on February 24, 2012 at 8:36am — No Comments
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,…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Don Ames on February 18, 2012 at 4:45pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
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:…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Andrew Navolio on February 15, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
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:
Added by Michael D'Orazio on February 13, 2012 at 12:36pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Holbert Janson on February 13, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on February 10, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Don Ames on February 10, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael D'Orazio on February 10, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
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.
Added by Bill Spohn on February 10, 2012 at 6:35am — No Comments
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…Continue
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!
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.
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…Continue
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…Continue