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Opportunities for energy innovators

For a long time ‘clean’ and  ‘green’ marked the forward trend in the energy industry. Then came the quest for ‘smart’ energy.  And now ‘innovation’ is the buzzword.


It’s easy to see why.  As Americans, we believe our ability to innovate sets us apart in today’s international market.  Sure China can manufacture computers and cell phones more quickly and cheaply, but we came up with Google and IPhones in the first place.


The energy industry offers a lot of…


Added by Elisa Wood on February 10, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments

EcoDog: Part Three: The Bottom Line on FIDO Energy Monitor

FIDO Says, "I will show you where to save energy."

by Don Ames,

I have been spreading the news about a home energy monitoring system called FIDO by EcoDog Energy Monitoring. This is part three of a three article series. You may be interested in backtracking a little and checking out part one, 13 strong points to …


Added by Don Ames on February 10, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments

Green Plug District - Energy Conservation

Energy conversation should be a topic we all should be focused on not only to help live a greener life style but to help reduce our own energy use and promote cost savings.

I am interested in examples of how members have taken steps, that have been successful for them in regard to energy conservation…


Added by Michael D'Orazio on February 10, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Measuring Air Flow

Check out these fantastic tips on measuring airflow! This covers measuring with a vane, pitot tube, TESP, temp rise method, hot wire anemometer and more. Complete with videos and diagrams, it's all here. 


Added by Bill Spohn on February 10, 2012 at 6:35am — No Comments

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

On Friday, The New York Times published an article titled "In Fuel Oil Country, Cold That Cuts to the Heart." The article, about the Hartford's, an elderly couple in Maine who can't afford to pay for the oil needed to heat their (rather leaky) home, is both heart-wrenching…


Added by Macie Melendez on February 9, 2012 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Efficiency First?

That's the name of a non-profit in San Francisco, with which Matt Golden is very closely associated, if not a founder. If you favor putting efficiency first, then that organization probably deserves your membership.

I don't understand something. What is the downside of putting efficiency first in a competitive environment? Thanks in advance for clarifying!

Added by Lorna G. Fear on February 6, 2012 at 9:55am — 1 Comment

Understanding Lead Gen Services for Home Performance Businesses

This is cross posted from the Energy Circle PRO Blog.

Everyone wants more and better leads, and a lot of people have been asking me recently about Lead Generation Services, particularly since I open sourced the Cost per Acquisition Model for Home Performance Businesses.

What is…


Added by Peter Troast on February 4, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

5 Things You Want in a Shower Head, 3 Things You Do Not

by Don Ames,

When I am at a residence in the middle of a Home Energy Audit and it is time to clock the flow of water at the shower nozzle in the master bathroom, I always feel like I am getting a little too personal. Have the people found what is the best shower head or are they using a gully washer of an energy waster. Have these people ever asked themselves, What is…


Added by Don Ames on February 4, 2012 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Fresh fallen leaves stuck on furnace filter

What does it mean if the furnace filter collects lots of lint just like what the dryer makes???...Perhaps the dryer is venting inside and the filter is askew and leaks in the return air or filter gap are pulling it into the furnace. Check 'em.

What does it mean if the filter has three-dozen oak leaves pressed onto it?? Today I found an unusually high bill and a handful of foliage fallen from the neighboring trees. In the attic I found a donut of leaves under the vent where the screen…


Added by Joseph Lamy on February 3, 2012 at 5:56pm — 1 Comment

Clean energy: How much hot air?

NewScientist’s January 28 issue is likely to unsettle clean energy advocates – but it is worth the read.


The cover article, “Power paradox: Clean might not be green forever,” posits that even renewable energy can warm the planet, and eventually change climate, if we continue to ratchet up power production to serve our ever increasing…


Added by Elisa Wood on February 3, 2012 at 8:40am — No Comments

Illinois Carpenters Get Training for the Clean Energy Economy

Nick Magrisso recently posted a blog on the NRDC website highlighting the Carpenter Training Center in Elk Grove Village in Illinois as part of his series of exploratory video blogs on how energy efficiency is creating jobs in Illinois. It has been long recognized that a large amount of energy is wasted through improper or outdated building techniques. In addition to creating jobs,…


Added by Andrew Navolio on January 31, 2012 at 8:01am — No Comments

How to Insulate Windows for Energy Efficiency and Peace of Mind

One of the reasons we have windows in our house is for mental health. Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a house with solid walls and no windows. I saw a similar living arrangement on T.V., they called it - being put in the hole - it was a movie about a prison.

When it comes to natural light and being able to see what is happening outside, windows would be hard to live without. When it comes to energy efficiency and…


Added by Don Ames on January 29, 2012 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Old Saws

    No, I’m not thinking of your grandfather’s hand saw . . . the one that cuts on the push stroke instead of on the pull stroke like the excellent Japanese hand saws. 


   Nor am I thinking of the beautiful (cast aluminum?) circular saws made by Rockwell right here in Syracuse for many years, but long since largely replaced by inexpensive tools made out of plastic and chewing gum.

(There are of course plenty of…


Added by Ed Voytovich on January 28, 2012 at 12:46pm — 5 Comments

11 Steps to Becoming a Successful Home Energy Pro

I've made my living solely as a home energy pro since 2004, and I was building a high performance home for two years before that. For six of the past eight…


Added by Allison A. Bailes III on January 28, 2012 at 6:16am — 2 Comments

Much light, little heat efficiency

Energy efficiency in the US is much light and little heat – literally.  Government policy pays a great deal of attention to saving electricity, but focuses little on the thermal energy we waste.


“Policy is electricity-centric in the US. Unless you are making kilowatts, the most efficient investments are off the radar,” said Rob Thornton, president of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), who I recently interviewed while writing this year’s…


Added by Elisa Wood on January 27, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

What is Air Sealing

What is Air Sealing and How can it Save Energy?

by Don Ames,

Air sealing is important because air leaks through the walls, floor, and ceiling of your home. Air leaks out of your home when the air pressure inside the home is greater than the air pressure outside the home. Air also travels from hot to cold. The bigger the hole and the greater the pressure or temperature difference, the more air…


Added by Don Ames on January 23, 2012 at 12:01am — 1 Comment

A Good Read!

Check out our recent article in HVACR Business - Jan Issue.

Who's Eating Your Lunch, Customer's Want Energy-Optimized Comfort. If you don't provide it, someone else will!…


Added by Bill Spohn on January 22, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Energy Auditors Rock! They Depressurize!

You’ve been in the attic, the crawl spaces or basement, climbed up and down any stairs several times. There have been some questions from the home owner and perhaps from the kids in the house. If you are like me, you’ve bumped your head a few times on low hanging fruit. It has been a fun, rewarding and perhaps a little stressful.

The thing I do to relieve this stress, is to depressurize. Yes, let all that built up stress just…


Added by John Nicholas on January 22, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Three jokers in the energy deck

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…


Added by Elisa Wood on January 20, 2012 at 9:50am — 8 Comments

Energy Planning, Energy Action

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 Paul Scheckel on January 19, 2012 at 6:42am — 1 Comment

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