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Anyone who's been around me for a while knows that I love numbers. (If you need to know pi to 50 digits, just give me a call.) Well, this article is number 100 in the Energy Vanguard blog. Wow! Even though I prefer odd numbers, I do like the sound of that. It's taken only 2 days less than 8 months to get here, too.

Along the way, I've also learned a thing or two about social media. I've got more than 600 LinkedIn connections, 500+ Twitter followers, and 125 fans of…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on November 5, 2010 at 4:10am — 1 Comment

In Winter, Those Who Are Proactive Profit The Most



I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in the next few weeks, old man winter will make his annual appearance once again. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you like winter), with his arrival, snow and cold winds are close to follow.



To prepare for the oncoming winter months, use this time in late fall to find weak areas in your homes thermal shell. (For the sake of clarification, I define “Thermal Shell” as the…

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Added by Nathan Christensen on November 4, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Rising home energy costs predicted for 2010-11

The outcome of the election this weeks makes passage of the Home Star bill in the Senate look, unfortunately, less likely than ever. Rather than invest in efficiency, we seem destined to continue to export energy dollars and/or add to the CO2 blanket we've wrapped our Planet in.…

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Added by John Snell on November 4, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Saving Your Heating Dollars with An Insulation Upgrade

I know everyone works very hard for their money (in order to pay the bills), but what you don't realize is how much of your hard earned energy dollars are actually slipping right through the cracks of your home. Keeping your home at a comfort level (by conditioning it) can be very costly. I know everyone would like to reduce their energy bills in our freezing winter months and then again, in the summer cooling months? Well, a good place to start would be a professional infrared home-energy…

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Added by David Valley on November 4, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

Free Hands-On Thermal Imaging Training Seminars

We, at Fluke, have always been big advocates for education. As some of you know, we deliver hands-on (yes, hands-on—that means you get to play with the imagers!) training seminars all around the country. These seminars are designed to teach you the fundamentals of thermal imaging, how to troubleshoot faster and find problems using the latest thermal imaging technology, and… Continue

Added by Fluke Thermal Imaging on November 3, 2010 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Why should I monitor my energy usage?

The biggest question many professionals and consumers alike have about energy monitoring is whether or not it actually works. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently conducted a home electricity use study. This study looked at various factors, one of which was the home energy monitor. They found that using an energy monitor could result in savings of 8-25%. EPRI conducted further research into…

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Added by Silas Inman on November 3, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Infrared Thermography Webinar

If you want to learn more about using infrared thermography for home inspections, tune into the upcoming webinar that I’ll be presenting for the Wisconsin Energy Center on Tuesday, November 9th from 1:00-2:30 CST. See http://www.ecw.org/ir for details. I’ve packed a lot into this webinar and it is strictly non-commercial.



Please note that a Fluke TiR imaging system (a great unit to use for building inspections!) will be given away by the webinar… Continue

Added by John Snell on November 3, 2010 at 6:37am — 3 Comments

Restoring Credibility in the Efficiency Marketplace

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and nowhere is this adage truer than with the assurance of a manufacturer’s compliance with energy efficiency standards and endorsement programs. If any link is broken in this process, then it is impossible to “haul up” those energy savings for the consumer. The Department of Energy (DOE) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are finally taking actions to repair some of the more fragile links in this chain, beginning… Continue

Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 1, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Energy Savings to the Cloud

You may have noticed the term 'cloud' or 'cloud computing' circulating around popular media. This has become an increasingly popular term and is used quite frequently by Microsoft in their recent advertising campaigns in order to create buzz. Although it is a widely used term it is not a widely understood concept. What makes cloud computing unique, or how does it work? Is it just a new term that means the internet or online?



According to Wikipedia cloud computing is web-based…

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Added by Silas Inman on November 1, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Manage Heating with Awareness

It is commonly known that heat rises, if you need an example, open your freezer and see where the cold air goes. This same principle applies to hot air balloons; the hot air causes the balloon to rise. Many home performance professionals understand what this means for a home in the winter. Unfortunately, the average consumer may not understand how important this concept is. On average 60% of heat escapes through the roof of a house, attic or roof insulation can go a long way in reducing…

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Added by Silas Inman on November 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Check out the latest WxTV episodes

Several new episodes of WxTV are up for viewing. If you haven't taken a bit of time to check WxTV, now's your chance! Just go to our website at: www.weatherization.org/wxtv and choose any of the episodes there. We love to get feedback and find out what you want to see, so don't be shy.



Thanks to Jim and the Home Energy Magazine group for inviting us to participate in this group - a great magazine and a fantastic group of folks.… Continue

Added by Ben Cichowski on October 29, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Leslie Gets Weatherized



Ben Bustamante works on Leslie's house. Photo by Leslie Jackson





When Home Energy’s part-time Associate Editor Leslie Jackson got home from a trip to New Orleans, where she did research on the rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina, she got a message on her phone. It was…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 29, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Home energy management

I would call myself an advanced amateur at hardware/software solutions for home energy management. I experiment with various ways to remotely monitor sensors and I am particularly interested in ways to make it affordable and meaningful to track energy usage, down to the appliance level, within a residential environment.


My current system uses three power sensors and one temperature sensor (solar powered), all wireless using the zigbee protocol. They are polled by a low…
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Added by Chris Jefferies on October 27, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Kermit was Right: It's NOT Easy Being Green

Download a more fully fleshed-out and illustrated version of this saga here.

It’s not easy being Green … even if you have a Ph.D. in the subject. Kermit was right, but I’m on a mission to prove him wrong.



Moving to a new home in mid-2008 presented a…

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Added by Evan Mills on October 26, 2010 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

The Groundbreaking New Georgia State Energy Code

Georgia state energy code and the 2009 IECC Yesterday I went to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for a meeting of the State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC). Wait, wait, don't leave yet! I promise there's good stuff in here.

OK, let's try that again.

Yesterday I saw a bunch of guys sitting around a table make a groundbreaking decision that will alter the lives of home builders, energy raters, and utility customers. Yes, I'm talking about the great work done by the…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 26, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Energy leveraging for weatherization agencies

I'm in St. Petersburg, Florida, attending the National

Community Action Foundation and Community Investment Futures Energy

Conference
. Today is the conference kick-off and I'm looking

forward to learning more about how community action agencies (CAA's),

the prime movers of the US DOE weatherization program, are using energy

leveraging… Continue

Added by Tom White on October 25, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Charging Stations for Electric Cars: Forming the future

As charging stations for electric cars become more widespread so will the use of electric vehicles. But the future is not based solely on building these charging stations for electric cars, rather on the advanced technology employed in them.

Smart charging for millions of cars

Charging stations for electric cars offer multiple charging possibilities to vehicles throughout the whole day. In many charging stations for electric cars today you simply plug in and begin to…

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Added by James E. Ragland on October 23, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Efficiency Lives -- The Rebound Effect Not So Much

While the following discussion (originally published in Climate Progress) extends to energy opportunities well outside the residential sphere, it's the latest example an overstatement of the so-called "Rebound Effect". Although there are certainly times that a portion of the…

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Added by Evan Mills on October 22, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Window Shade Study Shows Positive Results

(This is from Robb Aldrich of Steven Winter Associates.)



It’s no secret that windows are a liability when it comes to heat loss in homes. Conductance of quality insulated, low-e windows is typically 0.30-0.35 Btu/ft2hr°F, or about R-3. If installed in a wall that performs at R-20, heat lost through windows is 6-7 times higher (per unit area) than heat loss through the rest of the wall.…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 20, 2010 at 12:52pm — No Comments

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