I have hour meters on maybe 20 systems now. I like to see the run time when it's "4" degrees in Kansas City. 99% rate in KC is +4' degrees. My goal at 4' is 100% run time. I have a super sealed home 2,100 square feet with a 2 ton ground type heat pump R-30 walls, R-60 attic, R-8 windows & doors with 98% run time @ "+ 4' ". When the strip heat turned on, it smelled up the home with the dirt off the 5 KW strip, heat…Continue
Coming to grips that the way you live is doing more harm to the environment than good is a fairly easy thing to recognize. Changing your lifestyle to accommodate that is a little bit different. It’s easy to do what’s more convenient and usually that means not changing anything. But if we care about the earth we live in and the generations that will come after us, going green is key in sustaining healthy lives!…Continue
Added by Carlee Quintas on February 25, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments
First, let us set the scene. Elevate Energy and others have long recognized a specific challenge: When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their home and property, these measures are often…Continue
Originally published on Feb. 22, 2016 on RMI Outlet.
By Douglas Miller (Rocky Mountain Institute) & Laura Reiter (Cineflix)…Continue
Added by Douglas Miller on February 22, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
Pests are the curse of modern civilisation. From farmers to agriculture-based commercial enterprises, almost everybody has had to bear the brunt of it at some point while sowing or harvesting crop/plant produce. Root-gobbling rats, leaf-eating larvae, locusts, seed-eating birds, worms, fungi, cockroaches---the list is endless. Sometimes simple home remedies work, but in case of large-scale operations, traditional measures become largely ineffective. This is where organised concerns have to…Continue
Added by Alfie Davis on February 17, 2016 at 6:27am — No Comments
[This blog is cross-posted from Home Energy Magazine.]
By Doug Garrett
When we built our new home 50 miles from Austin on 21+ acres we made the decision to have all of our indoor water come from harvested rainwater and to make our flower gardens bigger than they were at our first country…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 16, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Homeowners in Tampa are keen on investing in solar power for a couple of years now. Thanks to the natural and abundant sunshine, the city's residents are leveraging it to cut back on power bills as well as to reduce their carbon footprint. With electricity bills skyrocketing, homeowners have now realized the importance of investing in solar power. If you are looking for solar solutions…Continue
Added by Olivia Taylor on February 16, 2016 at 4:20am — No Comments
If the grid goes down (power company) will I lose power? My Aunt is on a ventilator. It goes down she dies. Your answer will be appreciated. Please be precise in your response.
This is a question for all in home patients. Who has the answer?
I understand the Solar Companies in Las Vegas were run out of town due to some laws that made a monopoly…Continue
Fishing kayak becomes popular and one of the most attractive outdoor sport nowadays. There are many kinds of kayak, a part of them using extra energy supply in addition to the human force. In this discussion, several methods to reduce the energy cost while fishing with kayaks.
First of all, finding the best kayak for fishing that has an appropriate features for your demands. Then, how to decrease energy consumption? The…Continue
Added by Eric Johnson on February 14, 2016 at 8:54am — No Comments
First of all I am 59yr old retired Federal employee. I took HVAC in a trade school 30 years ago. While working a full time job, HVAC was basically side work for me. After a couple years of residential installs and service work, I transferred into the building maintenance dept. HVAC was 75-80% of my job. We went to several onsite schools for a couple days here and there for the newest HCAV stuff. Keep in mind this is all commercial units we are working on in Federally…Continue
Everything needs a makeover after a certain time. Your home is one of them. Sometimes, you overlook something when you give a makeover to your home. The things you might overlook can be important in delivering a finishing touch. When it’s time for a home makeover, we concentrate on painting and wallpapering the house, re-carpeting it or adding some storage space. But, changing the staircase can complete the renovation of your home.
Many of us have been working for decades to push the energy codes toward higher performance. We've had some good success along the way, as state after state adopt more stringent codes. Unfortunately, in many regions we have a long, long way to go. Even in those places where the most stringent codes are in place, execution and enforcement are often weak. And, as for going…Continue
With winter just around the corner, make certain you are not left out in the cold – get your central heating system’s annual check-up now!
Whilst some issues may be obvious to you, others may require a specialist to identify and repair. This is especially important with complex heating systems. It’s also critical that you consider that working on gas appliances without having the correct qualification and certification is illegal; therefore the only option is to contact a…Continue
Added by Duncan Cumming on February 10, 2016 at 1:42am — No Comments
By Derek Lauber
We face seemingly unlimited obstacles when trying to manage and grow our businesses.
Some bigger than others. Some more persistent than others, but none the less our job is to navigate these obstacles.
Large or small, some of these obstacles can be more obvious than others, like…
You need a bigger location to continue to grow your company. Or your budget doesn’t allow for investing in staff with a needed skill set.
But what about the…Continue
Added by Joe Crisara on February 9, 2016 at 1:48pm — No Comments
Maintaining a dry crawl space is one of the most important steps a homeowner can take to help prevent costly repairs down the road. A wet crawl space can lead to mold growth, structural wood rot, musty smells, and even foundation failure. These types of problems can also be caused by excessive moisture in a crawl space. Standing water or even excessive moisture in a crawl space can be caused by a few different reasons. During heavy rains water can seep up into the crawl space from the dirt…Continue
Added by Adam Swain on February 1, 2016 at 4:02pm — No Comments
Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta
Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta?
Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait...What?!?!?
Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it's one of the more difficult climates to design and build in. We get both extremes.
I'm not saying we know what cold is, like all y'all do up yonder in them…Continue
Starting February 8, 2016, the Michigan Energy Code will adopt the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC) with "amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan." The state will be skipping the 2012 IECC, thereby increasing the energy efficiency requirements of its homes by 10-12%.
What is the 2015 IECC?
State building codes exist to provide a standard set of guidelines for all builders,…Continue
Winter brings with it a lot of excitement. Starting from enjoying the warmth of your room and wearing trendy winter wear to playing outside, enjoying the snow and drinking hot beverages etc, you have a lot to look forward to, in winter. However, some small mistakes on your part can ruin…Continue