What makes a Green Home green? Is it the bamboo floors? Maybe it’s the low-e windows or the extra insulation in the walls? What about a high efficiency heating and cooling system? Or maybe it's a plaque by your front door that says, “I'm Green!”?
How about all of the above and then…Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on April 11, 2011 at 8:02am — No Comments
Once upon a time, joking about ‘how many it takes to screw in a light bulb’ was a great way to poke fun at people’s intelligence. After all, what could be easier than screwing in a light bulb? Any idiot could do it.
Not so any more. Lighting has exploded into a sophisticated business. And for those who manage commercial buildings it can be downright intimidating.
Figuring out the difference between LEDs and CFLs is just the start. Then there are a whole range of dimmers,…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on April 9, 2011 at 12:44am — No Comments
I was forwarded an email that originated from the Energy Star Heat Island group. This was something I was not aware of. I have changed the font to red for the main point of my own comments below the quoted part of the email.
"This call will provide an overview of the revised requirements for ENERGY STAR labeling of roofing products. The focus will be on the certification and verification processes. Beginning January 2011, labeling requires third- party…Continue
This week’s energy news looks bad for the United States – at first glance. The nation has slipped to second behind China in clean energy investment. Moreover, five of the G-20 nations have surpassed the US for clean energy investment relative to size of economy.
But look at little deeper into the report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race,” and you’ll see that the US did not slide in all forms of…Continue
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There is a lot of discussion and debate in the home performance industry about why home energy audits have only penetrated such a small portion of the U.S. housing market. We know that performance problems in existing homes are the rule rather than the exception. We know that most reasonable comprehensive home energy upgrades will result in a minimum 10-30% reduction in energy consumption and utility bills. We know that energy audits identify measures that can improve indoor air quality,…Continue
This post originally appeared on Mapawatt Blog and is a great comparison of residential solar vs. wind.
If you're a homeowner interested in creating your own clean energy, chances are you are considering installing a solar pv array or a wind turbine. Which is…Continue
In my last two posts, I described some basic water conservation measures we’ve taken at the Poole Ancestral Homestead. We’ll return to that topic in the near future. But for now, I’ve turned my attention to optimizing our home’s use of electric power.
Utility-provided electricity is often an expensive form of energy. And it’s seldom efficient, because coal- and gas-fired plants (from which most of us get our electricity) actually waste a great deal of energy in the form of heat…Continue
Added by John Poole on March 28, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments
Added by David Allen on March 27, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments
How Oil Pointed the Way to Home Energy Savings
When the oil fields began to be developed in places like North Dakota, manpower was an immediate need. Manpower was needed in remote places where the oil was hiding and having enough ready housing was a problem. The cheapest and quickest solution was manufactured housing. Pull it in, set it up, and your done.
Manufactured home communities began to sprout up over…Continue
Added by Don Ames on March 25, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments
Guest blog by Cara Miale
March 23, 2011
As if we don’t have enough phobias already, now there is range anxiety, a malady brought on by the electric car. But it’s okay; there is a cure, or rather an app for that.
Studies indicate that many electric car drivers – and those considering joining the…Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on March 25, 2011 at 7:55am — No Comments
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How to Shop for a New Dishwasher
Don Ames , March 20, 2011
The dishwasher is one of the major appliances in a home. When a new dishwasher is needed it pays to know how to shop for a new one. There is a little more to it now that the Energy Star efficient program got involved. Things like…
Come celebrate our 25th anniversary by honoring 25 industry innovators ACi national in San Francsico March 28-April 1st. Absolutley something for everyone!
See who is being honored and come celebrate with your friends or make new ones as you build your career!!
Added by Amy Fazio on March 20, 2011 at 5:51am — No Comments
I have to agree with the Tea Party; the US government should not choose the light bulbs I use in my home. And fortunately, it does not.
Yet that’s the spin being pushed by those who want to roll back federal lighting performance standards. An odd mythology is developing around the standards.
Opponents claim that the…Continue