Added by David Willson on April 21, 2011 at 8:46pm — No Comments
We all go through transitions in our lives. One of the biggest is choosing or changing a profession. As I mentioned in previous entries, my background for the previous 9 years was doing class action and warranty inspections on residential building products. This meant I became keenly…Continue
Check out my revised blog over on Remodeling Magazine. It's an interesting story about learning from sloppy thinking . . . my own! Still, it turns out to be an interesting lesson.
Added by Ed Voytovich on April 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Added by David Willson on April 20, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
In 1997, I helped my parents design and build their home. Early in the construction process, I had suggested that the house be built 25 feet back from where we originally had it planned, and that the fireplace be moved to the back side of the living room. We had already put the stakes in the ground and were ready to start digging for…Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on April 19, 2011 at 6:19am — No Comments
Flipping With Ted a complete DIY home improvement and repair consultant. I would like keep up with the lates insulation,weatherproofing, and renewable energies
Added by Teddy Mitchell on April 16, 2011 at 7:26pm — No Comments
The renewable energy business has done a remarkable job at positioning itself in the public psyche as the ‘it girl’ of our era. Just about everyone – politicians, celebrities, major industries – likes to be seen as pro-renewable.
But if renewable energy is the girl that everyone wants to be photographed near, energy efficiency is her nerdy tag-along little brother. Ever notice how when politicians say they support…Continue
This post was originally posted here.
Product developers know that as energy costs rise, consumer's budgets get tightened, and people start to care more about their environment (the trifecta of sustainable drivers), those consumers are going to want products that help them save energy. But do all these products live up to their…Continue
What makes a Green Home green? Is it the bamboo floors? Maybe it’s the low-e windows or the extra insulation in the walls? What about a high efficiency heating and cooling system? Or maybe it's a plaque by your front door that says, “I'm Green!”?
How about all of the above and then…Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on April 11, 2011 at 8:02am — No Comments
Once upon a time, joking about ‘how many it takes to screw in a light bulb’ was a great way to poke fun at people’s intelligence. After all, what could be easier than screwing in a light bulb? Any idiot could do it.
Not so any more. Lighting has exploded into a sophisticated business. And for those who manage commercial buildings it can be downright intimidating.
Figuring out the difference between LEDs and CFLs is just the start. Then there are a whole range of dimmers,…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on April 9, 2011 at 12:44am — No Comments
I was forwarded an email that originated from the Energy Star Heat Island group. This was something I was not aware of. I have changed the font to red for the main point of my own comments below the quoted part of the email.
"This call will provide an overview of the revised requirements for ENERGY STAR labeling of roofing products. The focus will be on the certification and verification processes. Beginning January 2011, labeling requires third- party…Continue
This week’s energy news looks bad for the United States – at first glance. The nation has slipped to second behind China in clean energy investment. Moreover, five of the G-20 nations have surpassed the US for clean energy investment relative to size of economy.
But look at little deeper into the report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race,” and you’ll see that the US did not slide in all forms of…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 1, 2011 at 2:15pm — No Comments
Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 31, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
There is a lot of discussion and debate in the home performance industry about why home energy audits have only penetrated such a small portion of the U.S. housing market. We know that performance problems in existing homes are the rule rather than the exception. We know that most reasonable comprehensive home energy upgrades will result in a minimum 10-30% reduction in energy consumption and utility bills. We know that energy audits identify measures that can improve indoor air quality,…Continue
This post originally appeared on Mapawatt Blog and is a great comparison of residential solar vs. wind.
If you're a homeowner interested in creating your own clean energy, chances are you are considering installing a solar pv array or a wind turbine. Which is…Continue
In my last two posts, I described some basic water conservation measures we’ve taken at the Poole Ancestral Homestead. We’ll return to that topic in the near future. But for now, I’ve turned my attention to optimizing our home’s use of electric power.
Utility-provided electricity is often an expensive form of energy. And it’s seldom efficient, because coal- and gas-fired plants (from which most of us get our electricity) actually waste a great deal of energy in the form of heat…Continue
Added by John Poole on March 28, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments