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
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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
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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
Zero Energy Home Friends,
My daily PV output from a 6.56 kW PV system has averaged 22.7 kWh/day over the last two years.
irrday= cumulative kWh/m2/day plane of array
pvptmp= array temperature (F) taken on back on one of the modules
Added by Danny S. Parker on August 17, 2014 at 12:55am — No Comments
It is all ways great advice for small businesses to diversify, I know it pulled our company through a recession and is solely responsible for us coming up on our 20th year in business. With home improvement companies and electrical contractors, the advantages of being a Certified Infrared Thermographer go far beyond diversifying the small business…Continue
Added by Don Fitchett on July 24, 2014 at 7:07pm — No Comments
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announced its collaboration with the International Code Council last week in an effort to help home builders transition to the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In the upcoming version of the residential building code, RESNET's HERS Index will be an optional compliance path — some people are saying that this compliance path represents the most significant change coming to 2015 IECC.
What is the…Continue
Brainy light bulbs. Refrigerators that heat dishwasher water. Elevators that use no more energy than toasters. These are just a few of the “Oh Wow’ topics last week at the annual EE Global conference.
But it was growth in cities – and their buildings – that was clearly on the minds of industry leaders, 500 in total who gathered at the Washington, D.C. event, sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy.
The US spends $432 billion per year on energy for buildings –…Continue
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Netflix, you were right. I liked Downton Abbey. And thanks, Amazon I do want to read Michael Lewis’ new book. I still can’t figure out how Google knows I have a new dog.
Even if at times it feels a bit eerie, such ‘consumer-of-one’ marketing is a convenience many of us have come to appreciate. And it’s an approach now embraced by most major retailers.
The exception? You’ve guessed it: the ever-old fashioned electric utility.
Nobody is going to just give you free money for helping their cause, right? Well, when it involves energy, there are ways for you to get some money back!
A little research online these days can go a long way, but many people don't make the time. To them I say, "don't be scared, Google, Bing or Yahoo! won't return results that say, 'no'". You can find anything online today with a little work; rebate and incentives you will find.…Continue
Added by King Rosales on May 8, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments
The Appraisal Institute has developed a Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum is the first residential energy efficiency appraisal report addendum developed by appraisers, for use by appraisers when appropriate. This report evaluates items of high performance housing for consideration by appraisers.
Measuring the Value of Home Energy Efficiency
The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum will serve as a tool for…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on April 30, 2014 at 5:39am — No Comments
In 2013, we published a blueprint with the National Home Performance Council that outlines a seven-step…Continue
EnergizeCt.com is the go to place for Connecticut residents, businesses, nonprofits, communities, government & municipalities for information about programs available in saving and reducing energy costs.
The Residential section has a whole page on simple smart ways to start saving on your energy costs with easy to…Continue
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Remember, though, improvements must have been installed in 2013, not just purchased, and generally, claims can only be made on your primary residence.
Eligible measures may include doors, windows, and…Continue
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on January 23, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments
Aeroseal is a product that seals small leaks in the ductwork. No attic work is required by the crew to work the equipment. It is monitored by a computer program that tells when the pressure of the ductwork is low enough that most of the leakage has been sealed.
The plus side to Aeroseal is that:
1. It is able to reach inaccessible parts if the attic such as flat roofs.
2. No attic work has to be done.
Electricity comes at a cost. There’s simply no getting around that problem (short of installing your own solar panels, of course). However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck with high power bills. There are several ways that you can reduce the amount of your electricity cost – and they don’t necessarily involve turning off your air conditioner in the middle of summer, either. Here are some excellent ways to knock those costs down.
Get a Smart…Continue
Added by David Adam on November 18, 2013 at 11:54pm — No Comments
Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.
One result is that energy…Continue
Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.
Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…Continue
Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response with inclusive and engaging public art installations, such as the upcoming Northeast Green Light Project.…