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An Inconvenient Truth About The Energy Performance of Geothermal Heat Pumps

By Trish Holder

My home is heated and cooled with a geothermal heat pump – also known as a ground source heat pump.  I was sold on the idea of geothermal heating and cooling for the same reasons that I suspect most homeowners are:

  • The promise of lower energy costs
  • The attractive renewable energy tax credits, which make it easier to come to terms with the rather exorbitant cost
  • The belief that this is truly a more…
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Added by Trish Holder on April 15, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Energy Challenge'D: Crowdsourcing for Energy Efficiency

Shriver-E_HR_.jpg CEE understands that efficient technologies alone will not save energy. Consumer behavior plays a role in energy consumption, so our program design incorporates use strategies from behavioral psychology. We also like to use social media and other communication channels to educate about energy! In this post, Minnesota Energy Challenge Coordinator …

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Added by Anna Jursik on April 15, 2013 at 7:35am — No Comments

0.72 ach50 Before Drywall - This Home is already 90% Tighter than Energy Code

Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe,…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on April 15, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

What is the Consumer Attitude towards Energy Efficiency Products & Services

Much has been written in recent times on consumer attitudes towards investing in energy efficiency retrofits, a recent GTM article http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Can-Home-Energy-Efficiency-Gain-Traction?utm_source=SmartGrid&utm_medium=Headline&utm_campaign=GTMDaily does hit the nail on the…

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Added by Bijou Lulla on April 13, 2013 at 12:25am — 3 Comments

Solar Energy + Energy Efficiency – time to sing the Duet?

Energy Efficiency + Solar Energy work in conjunction allowing you to SAVE ENERGY

Solar Energy + Energy Efficiency Services – to DO or NOT to DO – is no more a Shakespearean dilemma!

The SMB solar installer finds himself in a challenging spot today

  • Profitability hurts, some operators are working on a…
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Added by Bijou Lulla on April 12, 2013 at 12:12am — 3 Comments

BPI Building Analyst Training & Certification Course

BPI Building Analyst Training & Certification

This course provides the training you need to become certified as a BPI Building Analyst Professional.

You will be able to perform a thorough building analysis and provide work scope recommendations to save energy, improve comfort and increase a home's safety and durability.

Your BPI Building Analyst credentials will qualify your clients for a variety of incentive programs.



Benefits of the…

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Added by Green Training USA on April 11, 2013 at 8:10am — No Comments

Why do we have Sizing Limits?

There are not as many contractors out there as you would expect that are current with the most recent, and always updating, residential building code.  Particularly when it comes to the sizing limitations for HVAC equipment, most contractors consider this minimum requirement by law nothing more than a nuisance.  There is nothing more frustrating to see in a quality control role than a system that was sold, sized, and installed prior to the start of the system design process.  Completing a…

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Added by Christopher Morin on March 31, 2013 at 11:07am — 10 Comments

Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings

Ok, I have had a couple programmable thermostats in the past... But, once again about 11 months ago I was doing my weekly (sometimes daily) stroll through the neighborhood 'big-box' home improvement store and back in the back past the garden section there is this little…

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Added by Dale Stephens on March 28, 2013 at 6:30am — 32 Comments

YesHaus Heating Cost

What house has a built in energy meter?  The YesHaus of course!  This is like having a speedometer on your home and a way to record and measure your energy use.  What better way to know where you stand and what to expect on your bill?  The image you see is from an actual YesHaus reading that we took on March 21.

Look at how low the readings are on each gauge shown. This screenshot of the actual dashboard indicates a predicted home heating cost of only $9.19 for the…

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Added by Elliott Management Consultants on March 27, 2013 at 8:57am — No Comments

Review Of MyEnergy

MyEnergy.com

This site is supposed to be the next big thing. You give it your electric co. and water co. names and passwords. It delivers a free & pretty usage report to you. It promises you all these local friends that you will get together with at the local speakeasy to talk about home…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 27, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Installing Ducted Mini-Splits and ERV in Modern High Performance Home

Things are really moving along on the Proud Green…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 26, 2013 at 11:18am — 15 Comments

LED Lighting, 6-month update

Background

Ok, back in November 2012 I stumbled into my local 'big-box' home improvement store with an extra $1,000 USD to burn and without any research or pre-planning I purchased 35 LED bulbs to replace my incandescent and CFL bulbs. I was way tired of continually replacing a couple CFLs time and time again and the 25,000-50,000 hours of lifetime sparked my interest and put a $1K hole in my wallet. At a burn time average of 3-hours per day that is 22-45 years of…

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Added by Dale Stephens on March 26, 2013 at 7:30am — 23 Comments

Energy Saving Domestic Flour Mill

Since Oct. 2012, maize prices impacted via a series of things like executive policy improve, maize storage, and provide, stay emerging in Jilin province, the biggest commercial crop manufacturing base in China. Outbreak of month and windstorm impacted provide of maize and also accelerate expected maize value. Many maize processing apparatus suppliers complain in regards to the emerging price and insufficient maize provide. Farmer suffered from month and windstorm mentioned that they needed…

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Added by catherinegreen on March 26, 2013 at 2:38am — No Comments

Electric Generators: Disaster Preparedness or Preparing a Disaster?

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/

 

Some energy efficiency improvements can create safety concerns, so our…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 25, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Are LED bulbs ready for homes?

If you haven't been paying attention, LED's for the home are dropping in price like crazy. 

I first put up a post on the best LED A19 bulb for 60-W and 40-W replacements with pricing pulled from Amazon.

But then Cree came out with their bulb and totally blew the field…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on March 24, 2013 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Opportunity to Participate in Multifamily Housing Job Task Analyses

The announcement below highlights a very exciting opportunity in the multifamily housing industry. We still have a need for more Multifamily Building Operator applicants. Specifically, we are seeking individuals who have experience with multifamily buildings in the following capacities:

  • Oversight and management of third-party contractors for equipment maintenance, repair, and installation
  • Tenant engagement through apartment inspections and management of…
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Added by Steve Lommele on March 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Homeowner's Energy Handbook

Friends and Colleagues 

I'm happy to announce the release of my new book, "The Homeowner's Energy Handbook".

The book is written for a varied audience and is split between energy efficiency and renewable energy topics. I hope it might be something that you or your customers might find…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on March 14, 2013 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Do No Harm

Before BPI Certification, this problem probably would not have been noticed or understood. The home occupants were a 96 year old woman and her elderly & disabled son.…

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Added by Guy DuBois on March 13, 2013 at 2:10pm — 2 Comments

Silly Kid's Book about Energy Conservation

Check it out: From Wine to Worms.

What do you guys think?

Added by Kristina Ross on March 12, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

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