Ok, back in November 2012 I stumbled into my local 'big-box' home improvement store with an extra $1,000 USD to burn and without any research or pre-planning I purchased 35 LED bulbs to replace my incandescent and CFL bulbs. I was way tired of continually replacing a couple CFLs time and time again and the 25,000-50,000 hours of lifetime sparked my interest and put a $1K hole in my wallet. At a burn time average of 3-hours per day that is 22-45 years of…Continue
Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation for getting pretty darn hot, but it can also get pretty dang cold (No snickering from you Northerners, please!). Believe it or not, Atlantans use more energy to heat their homes than they do to cool them. The design temperature set by …Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 6, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
By Johnny Ritzo
Originally Posted at Efficiency Law Review
There has been considerable speculation about how the mandatory budget cuts, known as the sequester, will impact key government functions beginning March 1, 2013. Primary concern has focused…Continue
Most of us will agree that it’s technically feasible to build homes that consume dramatically less energy than today’s typical home. And in most locations we can build a home that draws net zero energy from the utility. But it’s economics that makes us hesitate. Specifically, it’s the value of those energy savings. Can the additional investment be offset by anticipated reductions in energy costs? It’s the same thing for retrofits of existing homes: Do the lower energy bills justify the…Continue
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/
Today when you search Google or browse items on amazon.com,…Continue
Added by Lester Shen on February 25, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
My friends in energy efficiency have been patiently waiting for granite to fall out of favor as the sexiest way to improve your home, and add value when you…Continue
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The idea of energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions is not a new one. But it is one we are hearing more and more about in recent times. and when it comes to reducing energy, the name PassivHaus can…Continue
We've been talking about Market Transformation of energy efficiency for a long time. And the home sale transaction has been long viewed as a lever that can…Continue
1. Plug the Leaks!
2. Install a better thermostat.
3. Replace your lightbulbs.
4. Buy Energystar!
5. Reduce your hot water use.
6. Find 10 more ways on your own.
Remember what he said Tuesday night: Let's cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years, or else!
It's State of the Union time, and another union worth looking at is the state of value for high performance homes (HPH). The image below shows how value comes…Continue
When the lights went out at the New Orleans Superdome during the Super Bowl last month, I was strangely reminded of a little known religious ceremony of the Catholic Church. The ceremony is called Tenebrae, from the Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”. It takes place late on Holy Thursday, when…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on February 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Strange noises emanating from the refrigerator really upsets clients. In addition to the noise, the refrigerator feels warm to the touch. We get these calls often for refrigerator…Continue
Added by Carlos Hazbun on February 8, 2013 at 1:08pm — No Comments
I remember a rash of nuisance service calls rolling in on weekends like this, the snowfall being the key part. It is amazing how well prepared a Heat Pump is for cold weather, with safeties, defrost controls, and supplemental heat (in most). Unfortunately, they do not come with windshield wipers to keep the condensers clear of snow, and snow will decrease the airflow across the condenser to a breaking…Continue
Hello friends - I wanted to take a moment to let you know about a tool you’ve probably heard about from me or our colleagues– the Building America Solution Center. it's now live and can be accessed here: …Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on February 7, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments
ACI launched a new initiative in February of 2012 to address challenges, remove barriers, and promote opportunities for women in the traditionally male-dominated home performance and weatherization industry. It is called Women in Home Performance, and it presents a forum for business development, education, mentoring, and networking through webinars, ACI events, a LinkedIn discussion group, and online trainings. Both men…Continue
Last December, Building Science Corporation (BSC) Principal Dr. Joe Lstiburek presented a full day webinar session on spray foam concerns and solutions, using information based on field experience and laboratory research. The webcast featured reports on BSC…Continue
Added by Anna Jursik on February 4, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments
We keep running into these.
Natural Draft Orphaned Hot Water Heaters that will not pass Draft.
Any thoughts on economical solutions?
These are typically in a pre-Weatherized house.
I attended a meeting yesterday in Wash. DC sponsored by DOE and titled, Transaction Process Summit, - intended as a first attempt to develop a strategic road map to help the residential transaction process recognize the value of high performance homes. Sam Rashkin of DOE led the lively discussion on the issues that surround the residential high performance home transactions. Champions in the room included representatives from government agencies, MLS, NAR, NAHB, Mortgage…Continue