Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation for getting pretty darn hot, but it can also get pretty dang cold (No snickering from you Northerners, please!). Believe it or not, Atlantans use more energy to heat their homes than they do to cool them. The design temperature set by …Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 6, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
The dramatic decline in the price allows renewable energy to become increasingly competitive with fossil fuels worldwide, according to a recent survey conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA ).
The report, published at the time of holding the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, made projections that the cost of manufacturing technology for more types of renewable energy sources will continue increasing to fall in the coming years.…
Added by Gjorevski Saso on March 2, 2013 at 9:31am — No Comments
Most of us will agree that it’s technically feasible to build homes that consume dramatically less energy than today’s typical home. And in most locations we can build a home that draws net zero energy from the utility. But it’s economics that makes us hesitate. Specifically, it’s the value of those energy savings. Can the additional investment be offset by anticipated reductions in energy costs? It’s the same thing for retrofits of existing homes: Do the lower energy bills justify the…Continue
By Johnny Ritzo
Originally Posted at Efficiency Law Review
There has been considerable speculation about how the mandatory budget cuts, known as the sequester, will impact key government functions beginning March 1, 2013. Primary concern has focused…Continue
Seal Your Leaky Ducts Now with AEROSEAL, UL-listed.
It is not uncommon to have your ducts leaking by 20% and sometimes even 30% or more which means lost heating and cooling to your living space. With new ‘green’ building practices duct work usually remains within the condition…Continue
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/
Today when you search Google or browse items on amazon.com,…Continue
Added by Lester Shen on February 25, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Solar panels have become more familiar to us in recent years. At one time you would have been hard pushed to find a set of solar panels on a roof near you. Now it is exceedingly common to find these panels adorning roofs all over your local area, even if you don’t yet have them.
Of course as with any other type of technology,…Continue
Added by Lenka Rihova on February 25, 2013 at 7:36am — No Comments
My friends in energy efficiency have been patiently waiting for granite to fall out of favor as the sexiest way to improve your home, and add value when you…Continue
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The idea of energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions is not a new one. But it is one we are hearing more and more about in recent times. and when it comes to reducing energy, the name PassivHaus can…Continue
When the lights went out at the New Orleans Superdome during the Super Bowl last month, I was strangely reminded of a little known religious ceremony of the Catholic Church. The ceremony is called Tenebrae, from the Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”. It takes place late on Holy Thursday, when…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on February 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
It's State of the Union time, and another union worth looking at is the state of value for high performance homes (HPH). The image below shows how value comes…Continue
1. Plug the Leaks!
2. Install a better thermostat.
3. Replace your lightbulbs.
4. Buy Energystar!
5. Reduce your hot water use.
6. Find 10 more ways on your own.
Remember what he said Tuesday night: Let's cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years, or else!
The following post was written by MEEA Program Manager Will Baker
Currently, The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is assisting the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy (MDNR-DE) in facilitating a stakeholder process to develop a state-specific voluntary home energy certification program. Previously, MEEA completed similar tasks for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as a…Continue
Today, according to experts, most heat pumps only have a durability of 15-25 years, but researchers at the University of Stavanger in Norway (USN) and the University of Oslo believe that they have developed a new heat pump that…Continue
We've been talking about Market Transformation of energy efficiency for a long time. And the home sale transaction has been long viewed as a lever that can…Continue
I was fortunate to learn about R. Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller from my good friend Johhny Weiss at Solar Energy International. Johnny spent some time with Bucky back in the days of John Denver and the Windstar Foundation near Aspen Colorado. Johnny told me this story about Bucky. When Bucky was in school the teacher drew a line on the chalkboard. Bucky asked his teacher, “What does that line weigh". I love this story and the stir this must have created in the classroom. Bucky was…Continue
Added by Elliott Management Consultants on February 12, 2013 at 7:13pm — No Comments
I remember a rash of nuisance service calls rolling in on weekends like this, the snowfall being the key part. It is amazing how well prepared a Heat Pump is for cold weather, with safeties, defrost controls, and supplemental heat (in most). Unfortunately, they do not come with windshield wipers to keep the condensers clear of snow, and snow will decrease the airflow across the condenser to a breaking…Continue
Strange noises emanating from the refrigerator really upsets clients. In addition to the noise, the refrigerator feels warm to the touch. We get these calls often for refrigerator…Continue
Added by Carlos Hazbun on February 8, 2013 at 1:08pm — No Comments