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
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…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on February 3, 2012 at 8:40am — No Comments
Nick Magrisso recently posted a blog on the NRDC website highlighting the Carpenter Training Center in Elk Grove Village in Illinois as part of his series of exploratory video blogs on how energy efficiency is creating jobs in Illinois. It has been long recognized that a large amount of energy is wasted through improper or outdated building techniques. In addition to creating jobs,…Continue
Added by Andrew Navolio on January 31, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments
When it comes to natural light and being able to see what is happening outside, windows would be hard to live without. When it comes to energy efficiency and…Continue
No, I’m not thinking of your grandfather’s hand saw . . . the one that cuts on the push stroke instead of on the pull stroke like the excellent Japanese hand saws.
Nor am I thinking of the beautiful (cast aluminum?) circular saws made by Rockwell right here in Syracuse for many years, but long since largely replaced by inexpensive tools made out of plastic and chewing gum.
(There are of course plenty of…Continue
I've made my living solely as a home energy pro since 2004, and I was building a high performance home for two years before that. For six of the past eight…Continue
Energy efficiency in the US is much light and little heat – literally. Government policy pays a great deal of attention to saving electricity, but focuses little on the thermal energy we waste.
“Policy is electricity-centric in the US. Unless you are making kilowatts, the most efficient investments are off the radar,” said Rob Thornton, president of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), who I recently interviewed while writing this year’s…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on January 27, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
Air sealing is important because air leaks through the walls, floor, and ceiling of your home. Air leaks out of your home when the air pressure inside the home is greater than the air pressure outside the home. Air also travels from hot to cold. The bigger the hole and the greater the pressure or temperature difference, the more air…Continue
Check out our recent article in HVACR Business - Jan Issue.Continue
Added by Bill Spohn on January 22, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
You’ve been in the attic, the crawl spaces or basement, climbed up and down any stairs several times. There have been some questions from the home owner and perhaps from the kids in the house. If you are like me, you’ve bumped your head a few times on low hanging fruit. It has been a fun, rewarding and perhaps a little stressful.
The thing I do to relieve this stress, is to depressurize. Yes, let all that built up stress just…Continue
Added by John Nicholas on January 22, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments
This is the era of Big Oil. Could the next be the era of Big Efficiency?
A new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy suggests the possibility. Re-invented with today’s smart energy technologies, energy efficiency could displace 40 to 60 percent of our total energy needs by the year 2050, according to The Long-Term Energy Efficiency Potential: What the Evidence Suggests.
Sound far-fetched? ACEEE says history backs its…Continue
Vermont has a new comprehensive energy plan that is full of thoughtful - though non-binding and unfunded - ideas. The plan calls for meeting 90% of the state's energy needs through renewables by 2050.
Energy professionals know that it makes sense to dramatically reduce the energy requirements of homes and meet a large portion of remaining needs with renewables. We know how to do the work, what we don’t know is how to pay for it – solar panels and insulation are just…
Added by Guido Schuler on January 19, 2012 at 6:01am — No Comments
How SmartHours Plus works: It costs more for electricity during peak periods of high customer demand.
Other factors, like weather conditions and the time of year, also drive electrical prices higher. SmartHours Plus,
sometimes known as Variable Peak Pricing (VPP), allows you to save when costs are lower, or off peak. Peak hours
are 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays, and prices during those hours vary based on demand (see chart). You’ll get advance
notice of tomorrow’s peak price the…
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I'm wanting to assess which tri-state BPI Affiliates are becoming BPI Testing Centers. And, in order to not over flood the area with too many Testing Centers, I'm looking to pool resources. We have 25 test computers. This will keep costs down. If you are becoming a Test Center, or if you know an entity that is, please share that infomation. It will be public soon enough. I'm also wanting to assess the need for traveling Proctors. If you need Proctors, please share that information…Continue
Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on January 15, 2012 at 8:22pm — No Comments
Utilities worry about a lot of things, such as keeping the lights on, earning a return for investors, and making regulators and customers happy with their service.
Now there is a new worry: How can they protect customers from what one utility refers to as “mental fatigue?”
In this particular case, the utility raises the issue as it prepares to invite homeowners and small businesses to select from among new and possibly complicated rate options made available because of smart…Continue
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