My attic hatch insulation kit came in the mail this morning and I am very excited. Excited enough to go into a hot dusty attic to install it over the weekend.
I promised Michele that I will practice the Yoga of home improvement projects and keep the cursing down to a minimum. My home improvement projects usually involve some cursing. I worked part time as a janitor when I was in high school and that is where I… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 9, 2010 at 12:30pm —
The White House announced this week a new initiative to boost home energy efficiency. This is the culmination of the Recovery Through Retrofit plan, funded through the… Continue
Added by Evan Mills on November 9, 2010 at 10:00am —
Added by Peter Troast on November 1, 2010 at 2:56pm —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 29, 2010 at 11:00am —
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. Continue
Moving to a new home in mid-2008 presented a…
Added by Evan Mills on October 26, 2010 at 1:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 26, 2010 at 9:00am —
I'm in St. Petersburg, Florida, attending the National
Community Action Foundation and Community Investment Futures Energy
. 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
Added by Tom White on October 25, 2010 at 8:30am —
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… Continue
Added by Evan Mills on October 22, 2010 at 11:30am —
(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.… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 20, 2010 at 12:52pm —
There is a hot and heavy dialogue taking place in an online group that I belong to, made up mostly of people who are in the business of auditing homes and then making homes more energy efficient, healthy, and comfortable. The main gist of the discussion is, Do we rely on the government to encourage people to make their homes more efficient, or is it up to the market? Does this sound familiar? Tune into any election debate in the… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 19, 2010 at 12:56pm —
Two weeks ago I was in Charleston, South Carolina for a meeting of the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). Last week I stopped by West Coast Green taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. NASCSP is a group of state managers for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for low-income families. West Coast Green is an interactive conference focusing on innovation for the built environment. From crawlspaces to sheep’s wool… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 5, 2010 at 11:30am —
Welcome to Home Energy Pros – the unique digital community by and for those who work in the home energy performance arena.
It is no secret that we are on the cusp of a major transformation in how energy efficiency is deployed in the housing sector. After all, the U.S. President even went on television in a major… Continue
Added by Evan Mills on October 4, 2010 at 5:00am —
As we make homes tighter, we need to provide ventilation, which costs energy. One way to reduce the energy impact of that ventilation is to use an air-to-air heat recovery system. A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) recovers sensible heat by exchanging heat between incoming and outgoing airstreams. An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is similar to an HRV but also allows moisture to be exchanged.… Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 1, 2010 at 11:00am —
Can growing marijuana change the way homes use electricity? In rural Humboldt County, in far-northern California, there’s no doubt that it can. Figure 1 tracks average monthly residential electricity use in Humboldt County and in California. Until the mid-1990s, these two values were almost identical. But after 1996, Humboldt County’s electricity use suddenly turned upward. What happened? In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, which legalized the medical use of marijuana. In… Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 1, 2010 at 4:30pm —
Homes with high energy consumption are likely to provide us more opportunities to save energy. If that’s true, then why don’t we see more programs and businesses geared toward the high users?
Regulatory authorities discourage utilities from creating programs targeting the high users. It is politically unpopular for utility programs funded by ratepayers to support the wealthy. High users, the logic goes, are probably wealthy and therefore able to save energy… Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 1, 2010 at 4:30pm —
Home Energy Monitors, that is, devices that display a home’s energy consumption have been touted as Silicon Valley’s contribution to the national energy conservation effort. A Home Energy Monitor (or HEM) constantly informs the occupants of their home’s electricity and gas consumption, along with conversions to monthly costs and comparisons with previous periods. Some models can (or will) communicate with heating and air conditioning systems. These devices will… Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 1, 2010 at 2:00pm —
The lighting efficacies of LEDs have been rising steadily and are poised to overtake CFLs. Fluorescents and CFLs still outshine LEDs with respect to general applications and cost of light, but LEDs are already superior for some niche applications and offer many new exciting illumination opportunities. Now we need to ensure that the reputation of this new energysaving lighting source won’t be undermined by a tidal wave of shoddy products. Tests for quality, efficiency, and durability of LEDs… Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 1, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Note: This post is cross-listed from the Energy Circle PRO blog.
Local Search guru David Mihm provides an extraordinary service to all of us by annually compiling the most important Local Search Ranking Factors as assessed by a group of leading consultants and thinkers in the local field. Since no one really knows what the search engine… Continue
Added by Peter Troast on June 22, 2011 at 3:00pm —