Tom DelConte's Blog Posts Tagged 'energy' (4)

Game of Homes!

Energy Battle is a new game that may be the solution to training a younger generation to save energy at home. It was developed by graduate students at Delft University of Technology.…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 30, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

When in doubt, Incentivize!

These are the latest ideas and bills in congress, which may or may not actually happen.

First up are new tax credits for homeowners investing in energy efficiency upgrades. The Cut Energy Bills at Home Act.

It's based on annual predicted energy cost savings from heating, cooling, hot water and “permanent lighting” in a primary residence. For a minimum credit of $2,000, homes would need to reduce energy costs by 20 percent. Incremental credits are…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 14, 2012 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

The five disadvantages of solar power


It's intermittent. Solar energy is only available when the sun is shining.

It's low efficiency. It requires large areas of land.

It's not completely free of environmental impact. Ultrapure polysilicon is now scarce.


It's high cost.


You must climb your roof to wash it off. Just ask Ed Begley, Jr.!



Added by Tom DelConte on March 13, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

What leading edge developments should I be focusing on?

You woke up this morning full of vim and vigor, ready to tackle the world of home energy efficiency. Of course, your first dreamy thoughts were: is this major solar flare going to knockout electricity in the midwest power grid, and then, if Fermilab has found proof of the Higgs Boson, will I be able to fully explain the phenomena of convection and chimney effect to people? After your morning coffee, the reality check sets…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 7, 2012 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

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