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Solar Power Plants an Alternative to Nuclear Power Plants

Upon the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan on Thursday, March 14, 2011, nuclear power plants have shown to not have the capacity to withstand extremely powerful natural disasters. The earthquake and tsunami led to problems at three of the country's nuclear power plants, one of which remained a serious concern Monday as crews continued a seesaw battle to control a damaged nuclear reactor complex.



In Fukushima Prefecture, an explosion in a building housing the No. 3 reactor at the… Continue

Added by Fida Hossain on March 17, 2011 at 11:52pm — No Comments

A Long Journey Begins With A (Low-Flow) Shower

They say a long journey begins with a few small steps. Yesterday, I unofficially initiated the long-term energy retrofit of the Poole Ancestral Homestead by simply installing a water saving showerhead.

The new showerhead is a 1.5 gallon-per-minute, all brass, chrome finished, Victorian-styled showerhead made by Danze, which I obtained from my friends at Energy Circle...[…

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Added by John Poole on March 17, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Green PC Solutions

With the massive brain trust of geeked out intellectual bloggers found here, I was hesitant to wet my pen and speak up, nevertheless I'm going to breakdown going Green with your PC.

 

The Home Computer

 

Your average home computer uses 200 to 400 watts, depending on its hardware, monitor and use. By comparison, your average plasma TV runs around 300 watts, but a Wii uses only 18 watt. A high-performance computer…

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Added by Kurt Turner on March 17, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Innovative Training Strategy

Building Efficiency Resources is offering Energy Star v3 training online and in 2-hour sessions that are presented outside regular working hours. This approach saves travel expenses, preserves your work day, and allows you to absorb the material in manageable segments.…

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Added by Ed Voytovich on March 15, 2011 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Have You Adjusted Your Thinking to Green?

Over the past couple of years I have attended many seminars mostly on topics relating to green building and the environment. In truth, I was determined to make good use of the construction down time, in this economy, with a goal to learning as much as I could about home performance improvement. One such seminar taught me that the terms sustainable building and green construction have become more than simple buzz words, they have become policies promoted by the government. Policies which at…

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Added by David Allen on March 15, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Another Blog for Thermographers

I don't want to seem self-serving AND I do want folks to know about the blog that Fluke sponsors. I'm one of the prime authors (yes, The Snell Group is still 100% independent of sales!) and spend a good deal of time crafting what I think is a pretty good blog, all related to thermography and much of it related to building thermography. Michael Stuart, who created the Home Energy Pros Infrared Thermography Users group, also chimes in weekly with his "what is it?" images, all good fun and a…

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Added by John Snell on March 15, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

May The Force Be Energy Efficient

It was hard to get excited about IBM’s Watson besting two humans in the TV game show Jeopardy and walking away with a $1 million prize last month. After all, thanks to the entertainment industry, we’ve seen robots and computers win in all kinds of ways, from HAL duping the smart astronauts in 2001: A Space Odyssey to R2D2 disabling the Death Star. What’s the big deal about racking up some trivia…

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Added by Elisa Wood on March 11, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Redefining the Term "Mobile Home"

 

The most energy efficient home is one that's already built. Keeping a home out of a landfill saves all the materials in the house, as well as all the energy used to create the materials—the building's embodied energy. And historic homes preserve a slice of culture that would otherwise be lost forever. And what's better than keeping one 100-year-old house out of the landfill? Keeping two 100-year-old houses out of the…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 8, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Houses Don't Use Energy: People Do

As my good friend Rana Belshe says.  Let's not forget that the people who live in houses are the ones who are in charge of how the house loses and gains energy and how the appliances and HVAC use energy.  People are the key and heart of gettin' it done! 

Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on March 7, 2011 at 9:54am — 3 Comments

Advanced certification for RESNET Thermographers

I’m just back from the RESNET national conference in Orlando and I am very excited to report that RESNET certification is now available!

 

What’s needed?

• You must be a RESNET Building Performance Auditor or a Rater

• You must have 3 months experience using thermal imaging and a blower door

• You must have taken a training course that complies with the standards of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

 

If you have these…

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Added by John Snell on March 5, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Prospects for US energy efficiency companies in Israel

The push for energy efficiency has clearly become worldwide, creating new prospects for US green energy companies to pursue export and foreign partnerships.

One such opportunity comes from Israel, with the help of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF), a Washington-based non-profit organization.

Israel is not a country we hear much about in terms of energy opportunity. China, India, North America, South Korea, Japan – these countries tend to steal…

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Added by Elisa Wood on March 4, 2011 at 9:46am — No Comments

ENERGY STAR V3 Class - Day 2

So are you curious about what is going to be covered in this class for Raters? This blog post was pulled from my original article done back in February. This class was taught by Allison A Bailes III of Energy Vanguard, and was tweeted live with the hash tag –…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on March 4, 2011 at 5:53am — No Comments

ENERGY STAR V3 Class - Day 1

So are you curious about what is going to be covered in this class for Raters? This blog post was pulled from my original article done back in February. This class was taught by Allison A Bailes III of Energy Vanguard, and was tweeted live with the hash tag –…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on March 4, 2011 at 5:42am — No Comments

Energy Tax Credits for 2011: What's Available

Thanks to the federal tax bill signed into law in December, there are still energy tax credits available for 2011. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that the amounts available in 2011 have been reduced for certain improvements. From 2009 through 2010, homeowners were rewarded with a 30% tax credit for making their homes more energy efficient ($1500 maximum credit). For 2011, homeowners will receive only a 10% tax credit for home energy efficiency improvements ($500 maximum credit).… Continue

Added by Dennis Cheslik on March 3, 2011 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

The Making of an Industry at ACI





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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 1, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

My Letter to Governor Brown

CHEERS and The CEC

 

While I feel this will fall on deaf ears I felt it worth a try. I am (or was) a HERS Rater here in California. The CEC and CHEERS have “locked” many of us raters out of conducting business here in California. I have personally passed on jobs due to this squabble.

This lockout began in early October. It was thought that this would be resolved quickly. After a five month moratorium this obviously is not the case. As far as I know the problem is data…

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Added by Glen Gallo on March 1, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

How to Become a Solar PV Installer

A 448-kilowatt commercial solar system was powered up last Tuesday at the San Bernardino Corporate Center near Mill Street and Toppecanoe Avenue. The project came out of a partnership of the Novato-based SPG Solar Inc., the nonprofit for Sustainable Communities Reinvestment Partnership, known as SCRIP Inc, and the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA), the regional joint powers authority overseeing redevelopment in and around the former Norton Air Force Base.



The commercial…

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Added by Fida Hossain on February 27, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Your electric meter: A villain or hero?

Before energy became a hot topic, no one cared about the electric meter.  It was the box on the house we all ignored except the guy from the utility who dodged the barking dogs to take a reading from it once in awhile.

It is a sign of our times that this box now inspires enough emotion for people to take to the streets. Protesters gathered outside the California Public Utilities Commission last week claiming that new metering technology not only makes people sick, but also violates…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 25, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments

RESNET Conference

Anyone attending the RESNET conference in Orlando next week and who are currently providing IR inspections as either a BPI or HERS Rater inspector, might want to sit in on the presentation of the new IR Standard Interium Guidlines currently being approved. Rogge Miller from GWSSI, John Snell from Snell Group and myself will be going over the IR portion of the Chapter 8 Performance Testing and are hoping for some solid discussions and feedback from those interested in how this is going to…

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Added by Bret Monroe on February 23, 2011 at 7:33am — No Comments

A Little Green Goes A Long Way

Yesterday I received an email forwarded to me from a co-worker. The email itself was a request from a journalist seeking information on a variety of topics related to eco-friendly housing from both an owner and builder perspective. Some of the questions of interest to me included “Does a small budget limit going green or can a little go a long way?” and “Where is… Continue

Added by Nathan Christensen on February 22, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments

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