By Alan Meier
It’s easy to lose the longer perspective when we are involved in day-to-day efforts to save energy. That’s why I want to focus on a single home—Danny Parker’s house in Florida—to illustrate the bumpy road to zero energy use. The figure on the right shows 21 years of electricity use, along with many of the major events in Danny’s household. (Follow the green…Continue
I attended a green energy conference nearly a decade ago in Washington, D.C., where several speakers expressed astonishment at the audience’s clothes. People were dressed in business attire. Where were the ponytails? The Birkenstocks?
The event marked a new age for green energy, the beginning of its migration from counter-culture to corporation.
Today green energy is, well, more like conglomeration. But still the industry carries remnants of its former self, the occasional…Continue
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Who doesn’t pat themselves on the back when Google puts money into their industry? Ah, the giant likes this market. I must be on the right track!
So what does it mean now that Google has announced it will retire its Google PowerMeter because it didn’t catch on? Are all those companies who are investing in smart grid on the wrong track?
Clearly not. Google had star quality…Continue
By Eric Woods
Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets
June 22, 2011
At Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, recently, I took part in a series of panel discussions on data center energy efficiency. The discussions covered a wide range of issues from the practicalities of infrastructure optimization to the possible role of data centers in demand response schemes. There was a particular focus on the importance, and…Continue
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Note: This post is cross-listed from the Energy Circle PRO blog.
Local Search guru David Mihm provides an extraordinary service to all of us by annually compiling the most important Local Search Ranking Factors as assessed by a group of leading consultants and thinkers in the local field. Since no one really knows what the search engine…Continue
The US has grown an energy conscience. Just look around in stores that sell appliances, computers, televisions, light bulbs or any kind of electric equipment. You’ll see the words ‘energy saving’ or ‘energy efficient’ on a lot of the packaging.
This trend didn’t just happen, but is the result of some careful nurturing by government, most of it relatively invisible to the average consumer and certainly painless and free of sacrifice.
Of these policies, one of the most ingenious…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on June 17, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments
Whew, as of yesterday (April 22nd) and taking the ENERGY STAR V3 test (long story short – the test was not available when I took the original class), that is it for the test taking (Since posting this, I had to take another 2 tests & classes for another program I am working with - will the madness ever stop?). As I was sitting there taking the test, I was amazed at how many people were flipping…Continue
Once a month or so Marie and I have dinner with a group of old friends, all of whom happen to be particularly interested in theater and other creative arts. The subject of architecture in general and Frank Lloyd Wright in particular popped up during one such recent gathering over Indian food. Our friends burbled enthusiastically about their past visits to various Wright buildings and how beautiful they are.
I got into trouble when…Continue
Below is an article I wrote on the Mapawatt Blog. I thought I would share it here on Home Energy Pros as well. Are you preparing your home for an electric car?
As my electric Porsche…Continue
The title of this blog might strike you as kind of weird, especially this week. After all, the Electric Power Research Institute made the news with a study showing that smart grid is going to be far bigger than we first thought.
Smart grid in simplest terms brings to the electrical grid the digital intelligence of computers and the Internet. Just seven years ago EPRI expected smartening the grid to cost $165 billion. But its new…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on May 27, 2011 at 8:03am — No Comments
I am always looking for good information and resources to share with customers about building science. I really want to engage people to understand building science, and empower them to work on their own homes more. Sometimes, the task of deconstructing misinformation is bigger than I realize...
Cruizing the internet this afternoon, seeking recources for some customers who intend to take on their own basment remodel. I have found lots of good DIY guides on the DIY Network,…Continue
First off, there is no law actually calling for the death of the incandescent. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 actually states…Continue
At a job site meeting this past week, our newest design clients handed Abe a small pile of dog-eared, marked-up “inspiration” magazines. They contained pictures and ideas collected by the homeowners, and demonstrated their affection for clean lines, neutral colors, and a judicious use of space. …Continue
It’s not surprising that a company liked Greenhouse Holdings, which builds eco-friendly infrastructure, would have a thriving California-based operation. But as John Galt, the company’s executive chairman and founder, told Renewable Energy World magazine, the company is not just focusing on wealthy…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on May 20, 2011 at 4:27am — No Comments
Efforts have been underway for decades to conserve both energy and water, but never in concert. This is unfortunate because energy uses a lot of water and water uses a lot of energy.
Two leading conservation organizations have set out to bring the efforts together. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Alliance for Water Efficiency this week published a white paper that describes the co-dependence of water and energy resources, and outlines strategies to use…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on May 13, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
In my last four HVAC Design jobs, I've specified ductless mini-split heat pumps. I have four more such jobs underway now.
Who would have thought backyards would cause so much trouble for the North American energy industry? First came the NIMBYs, the not-in-my-backyard protesters who block power projects from being built near them. And now we have the GIMBBYs – the give-me-a-bigger-backyard homeowners who are unwittingly getting in the way of energy efficiency.
GIMBBYs aren’t worried about seeing wind turbines or transmission lines from their backyards as are the NIMBYs. It’s the guy next store that they…Continue