All Blog Posts (1,258)

Well-Built Dumb Home

Well-Built Dumb Home

  • One of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:…

Continue

Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 17, 2016 at 5:45am — 3 Comments

Texas' Five-Star Butterfly and Hummingbird Retreat

[This blog is cross-posted from Home Energy Magazine.]

By Doug Garrett

When we built our new home 50 miles from Austin on 21+ acres we made the decision to have all of our indoor water come from harvested rainwater and to make our flower gardens bigger than they were at our first country…

Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 16, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

What To Consider When Investing In Tier 1 Solar Panels

Homeowners in Tampa are keen on investing in solar power for a couple of years now. Thanks to the natural and abundant sunshine, the city's residents are leveraging it to cut back on power bills as well as to reduce their carbon footprint. With electricity bills skyrocketing, homeowners have now realized the importance of investing in solar power. If you are looking for solar solutions…

Continue

Added by Olivia Taylor on February 16, 2016 at 4:20am — No Comments

Solar Panel Stories

If the grid goes down (power company) will I lose power? My Aunt is on a ventilator. It goes down she dies. Your answer will be appreciated. Please be precise in your response. 

This is a question for all in home patients. Who has the answer?

I understand the Solar Companies in Las Vegas were run out of town due to some laws that made a monopoly…

Continue

Added by John Kaye on February 16, 2016 at 3:02am — No Comments

Reducing Energy Cost for Kayak

Fishing kayak becomes popular and one of the most attractive outdoor sport nowadays. There are many kinds of kayak, a part of them using extra energy supply in addition to the human force. In this discussion, several methods to reduce the energy cost while fishing with kayaks.

First of all, finding the best kayak for fishing that has an appropriate features for your demands. Then, how to decrease energy consumption? The…

Continue

Added by Eric Johnson on February 14, 2016 at 8:54am — No Comments

Bonus room attic walls heat load

Hi Everyone...

First of all I am 59yr old retired Federal employee. I took HVAC in a trade school 30 years ago. While working a full time job, HVAC was basically side work for me. After a couple years of  residential installs and service work, I transferred into the building maintenance dept. HVAC was 75-80% of my job. We went to several onsite schools for a couple days here and there for the newest HCAV stuff. Keep in mind this is all commercial units we are working on in Federally…

Continue

Added by Anthony Adams on February 12, 2016 at 11:15am — 4 Comments

Utility of a Hardwood Staircase

Everything needs a makeover after a certain time. Your home is one of them.  Sometimes, you overlook something when you give a makeover to your home. The things you might overlook can be important in delivering a finishing touch. When it’s time for a home makeover, we concentrate on painting and wallpapering the house, re-carpeting it or adding some storage space. But, changing the staircase can complete the renovation of your home.

With…

Continue

Added by Alfie Davis on February 12, 2016 at 3:46am — No Comments

The Compliance Project

Many of us have been working for decades to push the energy codes toward higher performance. We've had some good success along the way, as state after state adopt more stringent codes. Unfortunately, in many regions we have a long, long way to go. Even in those places where the most stringent codes are in place, execution and enforcement are often weak. And, as for going…

Continue

Added by Chris Dorsi on February 11, 2016 at 12:14pm — 13 Comments

Preparing for Winter: Time for Your Central Heating Check Up

With winter just around the corner, make certain you are not left out in the cold – get your central heating system’s annual check-up now!

Whilst some issues may be obvious to you, others may require a specialist to identify and repair. This is especially important with complex heating systems. It’s also critical that you consider that working on gas appliances without having the correct qualification and certification is illegal; therefore the only option is to contact a…

Continue

Added by Duncan Cumming on February 10, 2016 at 1:42am — No Comments

Give Your False Assumptions a Knockout Punch

By Derek Lauber

We face seemingly unlimited obstacles when trying to manage and grow our businesses.

Some bigger than others. Some more persistent than others, but none the less our job is to navigate these obstacles.

Large or small, some of these obstacles can be more obvious than others, like…

You need a bigger location to continue to grow your company. Or your budget doesn’t allow for investing in staff with a needed skill set.

But what about the…

Continue

Added by Joe Crisara on February 9, 2016 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Top 5 Ways To Waterproof Your Crawl Space

Maintaining a dry crawl space is one of the most important steps a homeowner can take to help prevent costly repairs down the road. A wet crawl space can lead to mold growth, structural wood rot, musty smells, and even foundation failure. These types of problems can also be caused by excessive moisture in a crawl space. Standing water or even excessive moisture in a crawl space can be caused by a few different reasons. During heavy rains water can seep up into the crawl space from the dirt…

Continue

Added by Adam Swain on February 1, 2016 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta?

Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait...What?!?!?

Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it's one of the more difficult climates to design and build in. We get both extremes.

I'm not saying we know what cold is, like all y'all do up yonder in them…

Continue

Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 1, 2016 at 4:03am — 9 Comments

Michigan Energy Auditor Certifications

Starting February 8, 2016, the Michigan Energy Code will adopt the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC) with "amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan." The state will be skipping the 2012 IECC, thereby increasing the energy efficiency requirements of its homes by 10-12%.

Michigan building code

What is the 2015 IECC?

State building codes exist to provide a standard set of guidelines for all builders,…

Continue

Added by Everblue Training on January 28, 2016 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

10 Easy Ways to Winter-Proof your Home!

     Winter brings with it a lot of excitement. Starting from enjoying the warmth of your room and wearing trendy winter wear to playing outside, enjoying the snow and drinking hot beverages etc, you have a lot to look forward to, in winter. However, some small mistakes on your part can ruin…

Continue

Added by SmithWatson on January 22, 2016 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Why Fibre Reinforced Plastic or FRP Fans are more popular?

The axial fans are commonly used for offering the required airflow for heat and mass transfer activities in a wide range of industrial processes and equipment's. These include the cooling towers for air conditioning and ventilation, air heat exchangers for numerous chemical procedures, humidifiers in various textile mills and ventilation and exhaust jobs for mining industry to name a few.  All the major domains or industries that contribute a lot in national economy like oil & petroleum…

Continue

Added by karren shaw on January 21, 2016 at 3:11am — No Comments

Axial flow fans – An Overview

A fan is a mechanical device, which produces a stream or flow of air/gas. The fans are used both at residential and commercial spaces serving different purposes. These are often used to move air or gases via ventilating systems. In industries, these are used to force air inside the hot steam boilers and help to reduce the temperature of machines and other equipments. Fans function similar to the compressors, which is relatively at low pressures. These are basically divided as axial and…

Continue

Added by miguel pace on January 20, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

Using Stone and Wax for a Perfect Residential Building Enclosure

A Perfect Residential Building Enclosure

Buildings fail. It's a harsh reality, but they do, and for many different reasons. Two pretty common ways are by falling down, and by making the people in them sick. There is a long list of other reasons, but this post is focused on these two.

I am going to…

Continue

Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 19, 2016 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

What cost more energy: Hair dryer or Flat Iron Hair?

Sometimes you wonder that your home electrical bill is costly. Have you ever asked yourself that how much your home appliances such as: the hair dryer, the flat iron hair and so on… consume energy? And what is more expensive, a hair blowing dryer or a flat iron hair?

The answer is the hair dryer, the fact is that one unit of hair dryer is about thirty times costly compared with a hair…

Continue

Added by Eric Johnson on January 17, 2016 at 3:22am — No Comments

The features and benefits of Axial Flow Fans

An Axial fan is basically a kind of compressor that can enhance the air pressure flowing through it. The range of axial flow fans is very wide and it may vary from a low or medium pressure fans to high pressure fans. These fans are used for cooling purposes, by the gardening centres, agriculture and for comfort air engineering work. In axial flow fans the blades force the air in the parallel route to the shaft. It is in direction in which the blades actually rotate.

The design of…

Continue

Added by miguel pace on January 12, 2016 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

1999

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Twitter

Latest Activity

Empower Efficiency added a discussion to the group Job Board
Thumbnail

Position Opening: Local Community Outreach Specialist, Energy Efficiency (San Carlos, CA)

Local Community Outreach Specialist, Energy Efficiency (San Carlos, CA) Job Title: Local Community…See More
yesterday
Amber Vignieri posted a blog post

Elevate Energy Mythbusters: Windows & Attics Edition

This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley.Great enthusiasm for home energy…See More
yesterday
Glen Gallo replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion Poll: What is you favorite or most important home performance diagnostic or measurement tool?
"I agree with Ted. If I could bring just one piece of equipment it would be the blower door. It has…"
yesterday
Glen Gallo replied to Shaun 's discussion Commercial duct testing
"If above the ceiling tiles the wall is a finished assembly and there is insulation on or under the…"
yesterday
Tom White's video was featured

Combustion Appliance Zone Testing (CAZ) Made Easy (March 24, 2016)

Combustion Appliance Zone Testing (CAZ) Made Easy (March 24, 2016) -Gauge Fundamentals -Adapting to the new BPI standard -RESNET testing requirements -NFPA testing requirements -Best practices for best results
yesterday
Profile IconLaura Capps and Bret Abrams joined Home Energy Pros
Thursday
Olivia Taylor posted a blog post

5 Key Reasons Why Rooftop Solar Is Popular In The US

The rapid switch from traditional electricity to clean, economical and renewable solar energy is…See More
Thursday
Adam Swain posted a blog post

Top 5 Tips For Hiring A Crawl Space Contractor

A homes crawl space is one of the few places most homeowners try to avoid at all cost, and for good…See More
Wednesday

© 2016   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service