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What is DWHR?

What is Drain Water Heat Recovery?

Answer this...when you take a hot shower, what happens once that HOT water goes down the drain and how do I reuse the energy? That is Drain Water Heat Recovery!

A "DWHR" can capture waste heat energy and be used to heat NEW incoming water, saving money & energy, as well as the life of your hot water tank. It also works well with Geothermal, Solar and Tankless (on demand) Water Heaters.

In residential and commercial applications, all the…


Added by Rick Causo on May 11, 2016 at 2:13pm — 4 Comments

What’s the difference between VRV and VRF?

Many people who ask this question, mistakenly interpret it as 2 different HVAC technologies. Actually, those are two different terms for the same type of HVAC technology. Based on Inverter technology compressors, the first VRV HVAC …


Added by ofer ben -nathan on May 8, 2016 at 6:10am — No Comments

Elevator David Becker Discusses Benefits of Time-Variant Pricing on CSIS Dream Team Panel

“Over $25 million have been saved in the state of Illinois since these programs started in 2007, and that’s real money, and that’s off of 1/3 of 1% of all customers, so there’s a huge opportunity to bring millions and millions of dollars to the smart grid investment,” said David Becker, Director of Dynamic Pricing, during his presentation on the Center for Strategic and International…


Added by Amber Vignieri on May 6, 2016 at 9:04am — No Comments

Home Energy Efficiency Round-Up, May--It Can Be Easy Being Green

The Green Premium: A Meta-Analysis

A new…


Added by Amber Vignieri on May 3, 2016 at 7:44am — No Comments

The “Biggest Loser:” Michigan Multifamily Building Upgraded by Elevate Energy and Partners Wins 2015 MI Battle of the Buildings

A 15 year-old affordable housing development in downtown Ionia, Michigan won the 2015 Michigan Battle of the Buildings energy saving competition for apartments.  Building upgrades and subsequent systems optimization to the 39-unit complex were completed in April 2015. Through March 2016, these upgrades have cut gas…


Added by Amber Vignieri on April 29, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments

   The humidity levels in your home can actually play a large role in the health of you and your family. Ideally you will want to maintain the humidity between 40 and 60 percent. Anything above 60 pe…

   The humidity levels in your home can actually play a large role in the health of you and your family. Ideally you will want to maintain the humidity between 40 and 60 percent. Anything above 60 percent can lead to increase sickness, increase allergies, increase chemical reactions, and much more.

   One of the harmfuly effects of high humidity is the increase spreading of airborne sickness throughout your home. This is due to the fact that higher humidity leads to a higher survival…


Added by Kit Yturralde on April 27, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Energy Raters and Builders Raise the Bar for Home Performance at RESNET’s Building Performance Conference

RESNET convened its Building Performance Conference in Scottsdale this March, a hospitable time of year in the Arizona desert. I roamed the sessions, and a few of the bars, to keep abreast of developments in home energy rating and performance. 


The many young attendees wearing new company jerseys at this year’s conference were a sign that the energy-rating business, at least for new homes,…


Added by Tom White on April 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

5 Ways Your Business Can Promote Awareness on Earth Day

Earth day is tomorrow, April 22nd. The American Business industry, and capitalism in general, has a long standing history of looking out for number one, with many businesses looking to stomp out competitors, disregarding their impact on the rest of the world. But you can be the exception! Not only will you be doing something good, but you’ll gain respect from potential customers for doing so. Here’s five ways to promote awareness…


Added by Carlee Quintas on April 21, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Roof Top Panels

I went up on the roof to deal with two small leaks which had resumed again with the recent storms. I found our PV solar panels to be extra clean and decided to get a close up shot of them.

Added by Lars olsen on April 18, 2016 at 11:33am — No Comments

Millennials Want to Take Part in Clean Energy Initiatives, But...

One of the biggest praises that you see given to Millennials is that they are leading the charge in the green energy movement, that they are concerned with the environment and the state of the planet, and that they are determined to instigate changes that better the rest of the world. The…


Added by Carlee Quintas on April 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Customer Savings Top $15 Million on ComEd’s Hourly Pricing

Huge savings alert!

Over 10,500 customers on ComEd’s Hourly Pricing electric rate have collectively saved $15 million on their bills compared with what they would have paid on ComEd’s standard fixed price rate. The rate option is available to all ComEd customers with a smart meter, which ComEd is currently installing for its nearly 4 million customers. Since the program started in 2007, Hourly Pricing participants have…


Added by Amber Vignieri on April 8, 2016 at 8:32am — No Comments

Build Resilient. Build Green. Be Sustainable.

    Building Resilient to Withstand Hurricanes

“Concrete homes and safe rooms are a proven way to keep people safe during a high wind storm,” said Donn Thompson, senior director of market development at PCA. “These resilient buildings not only provide safety, but peace of mind when the next…


Added by Karen Eppright on April 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Increasing Home Value Through Energy Upgrades

It turns out that one of the most valuable remodeling options is one you can’t see. That’s the conclusion of the recent Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, which compares the average cost for popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale value in 100 different U.S. markets. For…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 6, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Energy Fit: Engaging Consumer Experiences That Lead to Better Energy Habits

Fitness wearables inspire people to change; to exercise more in order to meet their daily goals. These sophisticated gadgets gather previously untapped data about our everyday lives to give us a better understanding of ourselves – otherwise known as the “quantified self.”

Like fitness wearables, exposing how we’re using energy can unlock our collective potential to reduce our electricity bills and our…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 6, 2016 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Your Garage is Worth At Least $55,000: Burgeoning Possibilities to Add Valuable Space to Your Home

Originally published on March 30, 2016 on RMI Outlet.

By Douglas Miller & Jon Walker of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)…


Added by Douglas Miller on March 30, 2016 at 1:17pm — No Comments

The HOLE TRUTH about U.S. Buildings

A new survey conducted by the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) revealed a long hidden secret about commercial buildings in the U.S. today - they leak. And not…


Added by Brad Brenner on March 29, 2016 at 10:18am — No Comments

Best HVAC Equipment for an Energy Efficient Homes

Most consumers have no idea that up to 50% of the energy used in a typical home is used for heating and cooling.

So it goes without saying that choosing energy efficient HVAC equipment can have a significant impact on yearly energy costs, as well as your comfort level.

If your home has 10 - 15 year old HVAC system, you may want to consider replacing it with an energy efficient system rated by Energy Star. You can save hundreds of dollars per year.

There are many…


Added by Simply Better Air on March 28, 2016 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Living in the Age of Jetsons (minus flying cars)

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog --

In the early 1960s, "The Jetsons" treated TV audiences to a cartoon future filled with jetpacks, flying cars, and helpful robot maids named Rosie... Swap Rosie for Alexa, and 50 years later we're edging closer and closer to realizing that colorful vision…


Added by Lester Shen on March 28, 2016 at 8:45am — No Comments

How to Make a Flood Damage Recovery Check List

In any emergency like water damage if occurs in your home then what should be your first step towards that damage and that would be the most difficult to remember what to do next.…


Added by Anna on March 25, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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