Tom DelConte's Blog – March 2012 Archive (7)

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

Yes, Virginia, you can save money on fuel!

It really wouldn't be fair not to share this timely report, which was aired in major cities last night:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/03/05/3-on-your-side-one-penny-home-heating-oil/

It describes a buying program which resembles other rewards programs. The website is called Neighbor Oil. They offer discounts on oil and propane, based on a points system.…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 6, 2012 at 7:11am — No Comments

How will people afford to heat their homes?

Fuel poverty, that is to say people who can't afford to heat their homes, is at all time high levels in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. It causes at times a terrible human condition, death, which is estimated as 8,000 people per year in the U.K. There have been calls for immediate "super energy efficiency." No doubt the rest of the world is affected, also.

Heating oil prices in the U.S. are topping $4.11/gal(up), propane $2.90/gal(up), natural gas…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 2, 2012 at 8:17am — 2 Comments

Accuweather's secret home energy efficiency function...

... shhh, don't tell ! I recently ran across this functionality on Accuweather, after doing a google search for something or other:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/new-york-ny/10007/home-energy-efficiency/349727

If you click on the about button, you essentially get a zero explanation. Monitoring it for several days, it seems to prioritize sunniness, then temperature, then who…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 1, 2012 at 6:57am — 2 Comments

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