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Boosting Insulation Can Reduce Energy Use, Pollution

Those of us working within the building industry or energy efficiency space in existing homes know that boosting insulation levels can reduce energy use, cut consumer costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, there’s been a modest amount of data to quantify the extent of the benefits—particularly at the state level. Until now.

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 18, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Keep Energy Consumption at Minimum Level through Mazda CX9 Interior

Mazda produces CX9 to fill the gap between crossover and SUV segment. Today, people pick crossover for their vehicle because it is lighter and has many benefits than full-size SUV. However, there are some SUV capabilities that can be obtained in crossover. For that reason, manufacturer combines benefits of both sides then put them into one car. In Mazda CX9 interior, several upgrades make this car digital and more effective to handle.

Mazda CX9 Interior and Engine

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Added by Deman PT on July 15, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

Time is Running Out to Register for EEBA Local in Phoenix!

Tomorrow is the last day to register at the Early Bird rate for the EEBA Local mini-conference event in Phoenix. This event will feature a full day "Water Efficiency for Designers & Builders" session with Gary Klein on July 28th, and a mini-conference July 29th focused on building science for hot, dry climates (I understand the weather will be cooperative).

Come for one day or both...lots of excellent information and in depth building science mysteries will be solved....earn CEUs…

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Added by Susan E. Buchan on July 14, 2016 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

Low-Flow Shower Heads Save Water

Just about everyone enjoys a nice long hot shower. It does come with some cost for the water and don’t forget the associated cost to heat the water. The ideal situation is to apply the water only toward the person and avoid as much as waste as possible. Current federal standards require that shower heads deliver no more than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute). Except for older homes that have not been renovated, most homes are already equipped with shower…

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Added by Helen Best on July 1, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Phoenix, AZ Residents Get an Electric Rate Cut in Middle of Peak Season

Thanks to low natural gas prices and renewable energy sources, Salt River Project (SRP) customers in the greater Phoenix area will receive a 3.7 percent discount on their electric rates for July and August, two of the hottest months of the year.

SRP is the primary electric provider for Maricopa County, and their move to lower rates temporarily gives Phoenicians some relief from typically high electric bills. According to an SRP spokesperson, the average two-month decrease will total…

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Added by jackie harsha on June 26, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Elevate Energy Mythbusters: Windows & Attics Edition

This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley.

Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions.  Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true.

Our Perception

Windows: We see through them every day and curse the drafts coming through and around them. We are certain that old windows are the main culprit behind why we spend so much…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 24, 2016 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

5 Key Reasons Why Rooftop Solar Is Popular In The US

The rapid switch from traditional electricity to clean, economical and renewable solar energy is evident from the proliferation of rooftop solar panels in US homes and commercial buildings. Data shows that between 2008 and 2014, the use of solar power in homes, institutions and commercial buildings witnessed a significant growth of more than 50 percent annually. Solar is an attractive option in those areas since they are blessed with abundant sunshine. Florida, for…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on June 22, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Top 5 Tips For Hiring A Crawl Space Contractor

A homes crawl space is one of the few places most homeowners try to avoid at all cost, and for good reason. They are dark, nasty, wet, smelly places for the most part. Because of this, most homeowners take an "out of sight out of mind" approach to their homes crawl space. But homeowners who have issues such as standing water, mold, foundation problems, and structural wood damage do not have the luxury of ignoring their crawl space. Ignoring crawl space issues such as those mentioned can lead…

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Added by Adam Swain on June 21, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?

Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy? New on my Blog! This post was made to respond to my friend Nate Adams question of 'Why?' when I tweeted that I was disappointed at…

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Added by John Nicholas on June 20, 2016 at 8:09am — 5 Comments

Creating an Energy-Saving, Environmentally Friendly Home

A majority of homeowners throughout the world are looking for new ways to create an environmentally-friendly household for a number of reasons. Improving the overall well-being of the world and reducing energy expenses are two of the most common reasons that a homeowner cuts back, but where do you begin?

In the broad scheme of things, renovating a household to be more eco-friendly can look like an over-bearing mountain of expenses and time, yet many homeowners are missing out on the…

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Added by Taylor Tomita on June 15, 2016 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Leasing of Commercial Property

The hike in the profit of companies, which involve in selling and leasing commercial buildings, have drawn several investors to this market. Now several property owners are willing to lease their properties hoping for profitable returns.

With the development of full-service property companies, this dream has become achievable. These companies specialise in providing high skilled industrial, commercial and residential property management experts, well experienced property sales…

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Added by Alfie Davis on June 15, 2016 at 5:18am — No Comments

Steam heating system retrofit in multifamily houses into “vacuum boost” steam heating.

Problem scale. Significant, untapped opportunities exist to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s multifamily housing stock, which accounts annually for more than 100 million tons of carbon emissions and approximately $22 billion in energy expenditures [1]. Most multifamily rental properties were constructed before modern building energy codes were adopted, and existing utility incentive and rebate programs often overlook the…

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Added by Igor Zhadanovsky on June 14, 2016 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Gas vs Induction Cooking Energy Comparison

Comparison Between LP Gas Range and Induction Burner

Admittedly, this is a simple and very limited analysis, but it does offer some useful information. I wrote about induction cooking 2 years ago, the cost has since come down enough that I recently bought a single coil, counter-top unit, and after a week of use, the numbers are in.

As a…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on June 14, 2016 at 6:10am — 22 Comments

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

Keeping track of what's going on in the world of low-impact, sustainable housing is, and was, a challenge.

We did a study for CMHC back in the early 00's looking for great examples for a series of case studies that required collecting a ton of info on many projects. CMHC published only 3 of 24 case studies, but…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 13, 2016 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Addison Talks with BUILDER Magazine: Why Closed Crawlspaces Make Sense

BUILDER Magazine recently published “Five Alternative Construction Methods,” a series of articles looking at “building methods that are gaining traction because they save time, money, and headaches — or all of the above — while producing better results and more energy savings.”

The story titled “…

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Added by Michelle Usher on June 10, 2016 at 6:52am — 2 Comments

Converging Trends

Environmental Leader recently described legal challenges faced by a business coalition supporting the “Clean Power Plan.” Aside from the Supreme Court’s intervention, the coalition “is fighting more than …

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 6, 2016 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

What is The Difference Between Vented and Vent Free Gas Logs?

Are you sitting on the decision fence on what you want for a fireplace? Wondering what the difference is between vented and vent free logs? Well, we are going to answer that question for you. That way you can finally make the decision that is right for you. There are definitely distinct differences between the two. The biggest thing to remember is they…

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Added by Ajmain Azraf on June 6, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

Energy Burden by Income

It’s no surprise that household energy expenditures put a considerable burden on low- to middle-income families, and a study correlated this impact by measuring the correlation between income and morbidity due to extreme heat or cold.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection published the results of the study that analyzed data between 2006 and 2010. The study analyzed morbidity rates due simply to extreme temperatures. They found that counties throughout the U.S. that…

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Added by jackie harsha on June 5, 2016 at 4:24pm — 2 Comments

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Electricity Rate

Rate design is the method by which an energy utility calculates charges for the energy you use and for the infrastructure used to deliver that energy to your home.  This post explains how these charges are calculated.  

How Are Energy Rates…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 3, 2016 at 8:53am — No Comments

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