Spring has sprung and now it’s time to open the windows and clean! But, while you are doing your spring cleaning and clearing out old things, it’s good to think about what you can do to go green in the process of cleaning. Whether it’s recycling, changing out your lightbulbs, or doing some minor repairs to your…Continue
Added by Carlee Quintas on April 23, 2015 at 9:20am — No Comments
The budding trend of home automation is something that many homeowners are excited to experience. Home automation is essentially the use of one or more computers to regulate home functions and some features can be managed remotely using an app. Also known as a smart home, home automation often includes controlling lights, appliances, heating/cooling units, power,…Continue
Added by Tim Cohen on March 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Energy efficiency programs provide a means of addressing electric demand growth while minimizing the need for new generation resources. Investor-owned utilities, municipal electric utilities, and electric cooperatives have offered these programs to commercial and residential customers for decades. In the Texas deregulated electric market, however, there was a question…Continue
Added by Charlie Hewitt on March 17, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Reblog, originally posted on www.bluehouseenergy.com 16 Feb 2015
Hot water distribution efficiency is now included in HERS ratings, under an amendment to ANSI/RESNET Standard 301-2014. This is a Good Thing. To date, all of our efforts to represent, and then…Continue
This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy.
Building owners can save money by investing in energy efficiency improvements. But if they can’t afford the upfront costs of the upgrades, they continue to pay higher energy bills and are even less able to pay for energy efficiency improvements down the road.
On-bill financing (OBF) is one tool to help owners break out of this cycle. It provides an opportunity to invest in energy…Continue
Energy efficiency is a term given to the process of using energy that maximizes power saving without reducing service or utility. In a developing country like India, energy is the capital on which industries thrive. To fulfill industrial needs, a lot of energy is produced within the country as well as purchased from foreign lands. The result is a lot of expenditure and pollution. To make things worse, there is a lot of mismanagement of the grids that leads to considerable loss of…Continue
Added by Daina Martin on February 12, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
Unlike what some people believe, going green doesn’t have to be a daunting and expensive task. There are simple things that people can do every day, such as unplugging electronics, or over a weekend such as fixing leaky faucets and changing air filters. These quick and easy ways to go green can help make a difference, no matter how small they are. Below is a short list of some of the things that you can easily do in order to go green without having to make major changes in your…Continue
Added by Alicia Hobbs on January 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
The major chunk of the electricity bills are covered by the primary long term appliances in the house including refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machine etc. These are those appliances that consume most of the energy and are used on a frequent basis. Refrigerators in particular are operated constantly apart from the time when the entire house goes for a vacation. In some cases the refrigerator still operates in absence in order to prevent the food from rotting. In the case of those…Continue
Added by Jennifer Buttler on January 14, 2015 at 6:52am — No Comments
A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted…Continue
Sandeep and Carolyn Sood own several apartment buildings in Chicago, but the 55-unit building at 6731 S. Jeffery Boulevard is special. The building is one of the first in the country to receive the new ENERGY STAR® certification for multifamily buildings.
“For us, it’s an important designation. It shows people that want to live here that we care.…Continue
One of the most expensive aspects of being a homeowner, other than a mortgage, is money spent toward heating and cooling your home. It becomes a balancing act of sorts, trying to find that perfect comfort level in your home. As many homeowners know, finding that comfort level proves even more difficult with the more people living in your home.
As homeowners we look for every advantage to achieve this comfort level while at the same time trying to save money on our energy cost. This…Continue
Added by Adam Swain on October 22, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
It seems that our public schools are constantly in panic mode, looking for ways to save money and allocate limited resources. So it’s particularly exciting to tell you about a project where aerosealing just a single elementary school building is saving one school district about $45,000 a year. That’s a lot of…Continue
Added by Brad Brenner on October 14, 2014 at 12:15pm — No Comments
In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on October 8, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments
"It’s a strong move for both companies and it’s a stronger mover for the industry as a whole.”
That coming from the EPA’s Chandler von Shrader after he got the news of the merger between these two leaders in Home Performance.
Aeroseal’s acquisition of Comfort…Continue
Added by Brad Brenner on October 7, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments
My name is Casey Gesell and I'm the Business Development Manager at Dr. Energy Saver, Inc.
Dr. Energy Saver is the nation’s largest and fastest growing home energy retrofit dealership with 100+ dealers in 38 states. Dr. Energy Saver provides home improvement companies with the best hands-on & classroom training, proven sales process, marketing tools, award-winning software, business management tools, proprietary products, organic internet lead generation, and support…Continue
Added by Casey Gesell on October 3, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments
In case you haven't heard, last year RESNET created a task force to look at ways to improve the consistency of results among certified home energy raters (aka HERS raters). In mid-August, executive director Steve Baden sent an email about the latest developments in the process. He also attached a document titled…Continue
Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 2, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments
Energy is a monumental subject, certainly not something that can be covered in a single blog. There are lots of resources and new information that comes out on a regular basis, so how do you keep up with it? A couple years ago I read a book…Continue
Added by Ryan Enright on September 25, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still Effective
The name "mini-splits" generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant…Continue
Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her…Continue