This post was originally featured on Greener Everyday Consulting.
Do you ever wonder why people continue to make unsustainable choices even when they are educated about the impact of their choices and the benefits of making different ones?I do. There are, of course, many reasons why people (myself included) do not choose green–from the perception or reality of added cost, to the inconvenience, to the difficulty of changing ingrained habits, to the structural…
Added by Harold Simansky on July 16, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
We often hear that reducing energy use is good for the environment, and it most certainly is. What we don't often hear, maybe because it's too complicated, is how the energy portfolio of your area affects your environmental impact and what your energy efficiency upgrades will mean. An energy portfolio is basically the breakdown of what sources an area, a state for example, uses to generate electricity. Different energy sources have different environmental impacts; coal creates a lot of air…Continue
Added by Harold Simansky on July 16, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments
A significant efficiency problem in traditional green building is thermal bridging, which is a term used to describe the wooden frame of a building conducting heat. This happens because insulation is put between the studs in a wall, so the area between them is insulated while the studs themselves cannot be insulated. This phenomenon occurs regardless of insulation levels, as the studs of a frame act as bridges between the two outer surfaces of a wall, hence the term bridging. One solution…Continue
Added by Harold Simansky on July 16, 2013 at 9:45am — No Comments
All of us have elderly relatives or friends, but have you ever considered their energy consumption patterns? On the surface, those patterns may look little different from your own, but in fact the aging population brings new needs across the whole spectrum of health, transportation, recreation, housing, and safety. And since the over-65 cohort is a growing…Continue
Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.
Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…Continue
Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response with inclusive and engaging public art installations, such as the upcoming Northeast Green Light Project.…
Added by Isolation devis on July 8, 2013 at 10:37pm — No Comments
Pensez à isoler par l'extérieur votre habitation avant que l'hiver et le froid reviennent.
Added by Isolation devis on July 8, 2013 at 10:35pm — No Comments
Remember the word "Plastic" in that famous movie I can't remember the name of, but Dustin Hoffman was the kid. My stroke last year is no help either.
Here's the next word for all of you: THINSHELL, both with metal stud framing and without, is the single biggest development in the world of construction and the AEC industry, and I invented it about 35 years ago in Hawaii.
Tilt-up die hards bemoan the entry of the replacement for common, thick, heavy conventional tilt-up but…Continue
Added by Tony Ruiz on July 8, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments
I remember not all too long ago, yes I am still on what I hope to be the first half of my life, that Central Air-Conditioning was a luxury. Like the radio, then the television; next the telephone, and now the cell phone, Air-conditioning has become a necessity. What was before Air-Conditioning? What did the weather people (yes, politically correct here on Excess Air) say to the elderly before they would recommend "staying inside, out of the heat"?
I remember what I used to do…
I live in New England, New Hampshire, to be specific, and I just don't get the lack of seriousness about weatherization and credentials here. I'm BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, have taken the Resnet Energy Smart Contractor test, have OSHA 10, lead certified renovator, the list goes on and on. Means nothing here. Area contractors insulate to be just good enough and nothing more. I can't tell you how many times that I have gone to a new construction job and have been…Continue
Here are some warnings about portable air conditioners to help you to be aware of their low energy efficiency rating when purchasing a new air conditioner. If you already have a portable air conditioner or if a portable air conditioners your only option to get some cooling,…Continue
I recently received the email below from a fellow supporter of the Weatherization Program regarding the current status of Federal funding for the Low Income Weatherization program.
Relatively speaking, while I have done little in terms of personal lobbying in DC at the Federal level on Weatherization, Brad Penney deserves credit as one of the greatest leaders in personally convincing members of Congress to fund the Weatherization program during the FY2013 and 2014 - the two years…Continue
Added by Stan Harbuck on June 30, 2013 at 5:34pm — No Comments
Taken from our blog at oc-repair.com:
Update 06/19/2013: New phone number for CA Edison Appliance pick up is 800-234-9722
This is a similar program to LADWP, but no refunds of $100 are available:
SCE Will Give You $50 and Haul Away Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer – Free!…
Added by John Smith on June 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
1. Not many will listen to him, as 50% of the US population are right-wing registered republicans(me too sorta, but a moderate!)
2. China can't be persuaded in any way shape or form to change their prodigious rate of economic growth & CO2 production. btw, we owe, we owe them! we are a debtor nation, to the enemy!
3. If you control coal-fired plants here, the coal interests will simply sell more U.S. coal to export!
4. We're past the global…Continue
Added by Tom Delconte on June 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
To most people, the thought of a fire in your home is a complete nightmare. But as a homeowner you should be aware of the precautionary measures you can take to take to keep you family and home safe from fire damage. Today I published a blog that covers tips on how to fireproof your home. Feel free to take a look and you may learn some tips that you were not aware of. Don't be shy leave a comment!
Added by Greg Traster on June 27, 2013 at 8:45am — No Comments
Aside from vacations, longer days and spending time in the great outdoors summer brings with it oppressive heat resulting in large segments of the population blasting the AC.
This often translates into long hours of high energy usage which, depending on how much its relied upon, has a tendency to become routine throughout the warmer months.
Since AC spikes power usage more than most other…Continue
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/
In the early nineties, I began developing interactive CD-ROMs to teach school age children about energy and environmental issues. We created games to teach these concepts. An essential step in our process was…Continue
Added by Lester Shen on June 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
I try to avoid generalizations, especially the gross kind, but sometimes you have to climb up on the mountain to get the big picture.
My wife and I were recently discussing the cover story in the May 20, 2013 Time magazine called “Millennials’ Moment”. The subtitle is “They’re…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on June 25, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Most energy audit reports place windows very low on their list of energy improvement priorities. This isn't surprising because of the relatively high cost of replacement windows coupled with what are commonly marginal improvements in their thermal performance. Since audit reports generally prioritize energy efficiency improvement opportunities according to their cost vs. thermal benefit (fuel savings) ratio, the energy…Continue