Are Energy Efficiency programs we are participating in another well-meant hustle, or is there lasting prosperity to be had in our industry? Beyond anecdotal reports, ARRA-funded enthusiasm for excellent Energy Efficiency (EE) programs like Energy Upgrade California and Evergreen, San Jose’s “Project 5002,” are EE endeavors really… Continue
Added by Nichole Edraos on December 2, 2011 at 2:55pm —
What is Humidity and How Does it Effect Home Energy Savings
We all know what humidity is - it is the cause of the mold on the ceiling in the bathroom. Humidity is what happens to the bathroom mirror during a shower. Humidity is why we have an exhaust fan in the ceiling of the bathroom. Humidity is why a hot summers day in … Continue
Added by Don Ames on November 30, 2011 at 8:30am —
Household Energy Consumption and Successful Energy Education
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
- behavior choices
Two homes… Continue
Added by Don Ames on October 23, 2011 at 8:00pm —
Energy Auditors: A Professional on a Mission to Save Energy
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com,
Hopefully, most people that become Doctors, want to be Doctors. If someone is going to go digging around in my belly, I want them to enjoy what they're doing and not wish they were out leading a group of fisherman on a flounder trip.
I feel the same way about Energy Auditors, anyone that is going to test my… Continue
Added by Don Ames on October 18, 2011 at 10:00pm —
“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”
Let’s say you own a waterfront business that invests the time and resources to teach that man or woman to fish. You routinely offer “Fishing 101” classes. Your… Continue
Added by Melissa Baldridge on October 18, 2011 at 8:30pm —
Energy Retrofits and Priorities for Energy Efficiency
by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com
- energy efficiency
Nothing worse than saving… Continue
Added by Don Ames on October 15, 2011 at 9:30am —
Straw-bale houses have come a long way since Midwestern homesteaders used to stack sod on the Great Plains and call it home. More recently, 20th century straw-bale builders were either crunchy, granola types hand-crafting their own über-green homes, or affluent greenies seeking to create off-grid trophy houses, budgets be damned. In all cases, though, straw-bale has been the preserve of the one-off – designed and built one at a time. Until now.
Added by Melissa Baldridge on September 14, 2011 at 10:51am —
There is much talk and some progress towards an elusive premium for green homes.UCLA economics professor Matthew Kahn breaks it down. He uses three criteria to predict areas more likely to have a green premium:
- High electricity prices.
- More environmentally-minded citizens.
- MPG-type labels that certify energy…
Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on September 3, 2011 at 4:30pm —
*This post was drafted by Isaac Elnecave and Michael Hairston members of the MEEA Policy Team
This week, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) held a train-the-trainer session for the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007 at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota. This training was sponsored and funded by the US Department of Energy and hosted attendees from several Midwest states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.… Continue
Added by Andrew Navolio on August 15, 2011 at 8:34am —
The energy efficiency movement is starting to impact the awareness of how the indoor conditions of an existing building can be greatly improved. Homeowners who once dread the winter months and thought that they had to live with the pain of a drafty uncomfortable home are now increasingly seeking to improve these homes.
This search often brought homeowners out into the marketplace looking for solutions and the best professional help. As a result, we are…
Added by David Allen on February 2, 2011 at 11:48am —
Many homeowners are beginning to recognize the higher standards that are being demanded from home improvement contractors.The new rules of certification, accreditation and independent verification have complemented well the old ways of selecting a contractor so that the two establish a benchmark that bodes well for the professional perception of the industry. It is not a coincidence that in 2010 credentialing and training organizations have achieved their highest…
Added by David Allen on January 27, 2011 at 7:30am —
A short while ago I was in a meeting that centered on creating a flexible winter weatherization plan that would have a wide degree of application. While such plans are not uncommon in the least, I was surprised to hear that we, as inhabitants, came up as a serious aspect of energy inefficiency.
As someone who works with material and energy inefficiencies,… Continue
Added by Nathan Christensen on January 17, 2011 at 12:00pm —
You know which light bulb I mean. It’s the one you’ve burned your hands on when trying to unscrew it too soon after it’s been turned off. It’s the one you put in the lamp in your living room to read by in your comfortable chair; the one you use to light the stairways at night. It’s the 100-watt incandescent that uses… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 14, 2011 at 11:00am —
“So what can we do to keep homes improving from an energy efficiency standpoint?”
For a long time, answers such as “improve insulation” or “designed better HVAC” systems would have likely been what first came to mind. However, with new building guidelines,…
Added by Nathan Christensen on January 5, 2011 at 7:03am —
To continue on from our last conversation, I would first like to offer a definition as to what I personally believe a “green product” should strive to do.
A green product can generally be defined as a product that, from raw material extraction, to end-of-life disposal, lessens its impact on the environment as thoroughly as possible.
While being mindful of the previously stated definition, I would like to ask each of you to look around right now, where ever you location, and… Continue
Added by Nathan Christensen on December 17, 2010 at 9:02am —
Green is almost undeniably one of the most marketed colors as it relates to the environment, sustainability, and energy. But what exactly does “green” mean in relation to environmental and energy issues?
More importantly, can a modern product or process really be considered green, and if so, by what benchmark? For example, we know that CFLs use less energy than incandescent lights, but does consuming less energy really make a product greener?
To begin, the word green has… Continue
Added by Nathan Christensen on November 29, 2010 at 11:00am —
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) puts a great deal of focus and concern into the area of weatherization. An abundant amount of recovery act funding went towards weatherization and in return the reduction of energy consumption. In an attempt to make the auditing and assessing aspect of weatherization readily available and understood by both experts and consumers alike the DOE has created the Home Energy Scoring Tool.
This tool is available online for free and unlike similar… Continue
Added by Silas Inman on November 11, 2010 at 1:00pm —
TopTen USA is a new non-profit organization that makes it easy for consumers to find the most energy efficient products. World Wildlife Fund is a partner in TopTen USA and blogs about the new website:
Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 10, 2010 at 3:30pm —
My cousin Mark is a pretty smart guy who reads widely. (All my cousins are above average.) Here is what Mark sent to me in an e-mail about dogs:…
Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 9, 2010 at 12:30pm —
By Elisa Wood
A lot of good economic reasons exist to pursue energy efficiency. Still the average person tends not to. This is no surprise. If I cannot see, touch, buy, sell, trade or save efficiency, if it’s invisible, how can I pay it any real attention?
Often on the vanguard, Boston-based Conservation Services Group is working on an… Continue
Added by Elisa Wood on November 8, 2010 at 2:18pm —