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
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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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In its January/February 2012 edition, , one of the UK's leading environmental journals, featured an article by Jonathan Hines of Architype Ltd on achieving Passive House in the UK using two well-designed Passivhaus schools as examples. Download article (PDF, 6.4MB; as published in , Jan/Feb Edition, page 39-41)
Added by Guido Schuler on January 11, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
Heat flows out of your home in two ways, transmission and air leakage. Transmission and air leakage occur through all surfaces of the home - walls, floor, roof, windows and doors.
The amount of heat transfer depends on two factors: thermal resistance and surface area. Thermal resistance has to do with the quality and quantity of the material in the walls, floor, roof, windows, and…Continue
Added by Don Ames on January 10, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
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If you decide to construct your home or are planning to remodel an existing home, you have many options. A big choice to make is whether or not to insulate with old or new concepts. A huge chunk of homeowners use fiberglass insulation and do quite well with it. If you are looking for more efficiency, than read on, because there is a better way. foam insulation is a modern marvel and holds many benefits including efficiency, easy to install and lower lifetime cost. Let me dive in and get more…Continue
So, I was getting ready for my morning bike ride to the coast and decided I needed some calories. Part of my choice was some tortillas. I placed them in the toaster oven and went about my morning. This included drinking my morning coffee and checking my email.
Mmm what is that smell? I had inadvertently put the…Continue
Please read the article and catch the screen cast at the end of the article.
Earlier in the week, I spoke about construction flaws and how builders have a tendency to build energy waste right into the structure of a home. The contractors really don't mean too, we all understand that, but , never-the-less, poor construction design, short cut methods, and lack…Continue
Americans tend to beat themselves up over their imperfections. We eat too much, watch too much TV and owe China too much money. Despite all of our sloth, we can feel good about one area: our progress saving energy.
A report issued this week by the Institute for Electric Efficiency found that we saved enough electricity to power almost 10 million homes in 2010 (about 112 MWh). That’s 21…Continue
So you have decided you want to earn or become a LEED AP. There is just one small issue, unless you have or are working on a LEED project, just how are you supposed to gain the experience & show documented involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED? (AKA a letter of attestation) As some well know, finding or being able to gain the needed project experience can be a rare opportunity. Fortunately though, the chances for many looking in have an opportunity through a…Continue
Added by Sean Lintow Sr on January 8, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Construction flaws waste energy, reduce comfort, and encourage building deterioration. A little knowledge about construction methods can help you locate and correct these flaws. Let's face it, homes were not created equal, homes are the result of a hundred hands belonging to fifty different people that will never live in the house, but, never-the-less, have great influence…Continue
Added by Don Ames on January 5, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments
I don’t believe this is an industry specific issue but we do seem to have an excess of acronyms.
For example we have RESNET, HERS, BPI, LEED, CSG, ACCI, ANSI, OSHA, WISHA, OMG, & LMAO!
Confused yet? No – then let’s try these on for size… ACH50, ACHNAT, SIPS, DMHP, HP, WH, HVAC, CFM, ELA, SLA and IECC, MEC, ASHRAE but don’t forget NYC!
BTW can you name EPA, HERC, OSB, PVC, ABS, BD, DB, MDF, MDO, SEER, HSPF, HRV’s, ERV’s, DOE, NGBS, BIA, PV, UV, UVA, UVL, DHW, IAQ,…Continue
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