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Have Gas Meter fees/deliver charges got out of hand?
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Last month my meter/delivery charges were MORE than the cost of fuel. I expect this in in the summer, but now it's happening in winter also.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kurt Albershardt Feb 8.

Energy Costs: Progressive or Regressive?

Here in Oklahoma local utilities DISCOURAGE conservation. As you use more electricity/gas/water you pay LESS for each unit. A "volume discount" if you will. Hefty monthly meter/connection charges are…Continue

Started Jan 4

How does Cycles Per Hour affect real world AFUE?
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Some claim that modern furnaces have minimized off cycle losses to the point they no longer matter. Oversizing has become a comfort issue rather than an efficiency issue. Is this really true? What…Continue

Tags: duct, cycles, CPH

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradford E. White Dec 30, 2014.

Dual Fuel Systems, at what point do they make sense?
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Heat Pump with furnace backup. These make no sense in our area with local NG rates, but they do make sense for LP. Our NG is cheap, but the meter fee is expensive ($30/mo). Makes more sense to either…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Dec 4, 2014.

 

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Bob Blanchette commented on Crosbey Archery's blog post Do You Acknowledge MERV Ratings? Read This
"Going to a 4" thick media filter is essential to use the higher MERV ratings. High MERV filters in a 1" size simply restrict the airflow too much."
Aug 20
Bob Blanchette replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"If you are going to stay with gas service, might as well keep the gas water heater. Switching gas water heater to electric should only be done as a larger plan to eliminate the $30/mo NG connection fee by going total electric. If you're not…"
Aug 1
Bob Blanchette replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Look at your SUMMER gas bill where water heating accounts for most of your gas use. 10-15 therms for most people, $10 worth of gas? If you spend $120/yr and tank gas hater is 60% efficient, you're saving maybe $40/yr by going tankless? Payback…"
Aug 1
Bob Blanchette replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"The marathon fails miserably in operating costs when compared to an ordinary gas water heater.. NG fuel cost is 1/4 of electric in our area. If you're paying the $30/mo service charge for the NG for use on other appliances, might as well get…"
Aug 1
Bob Blanchette replied to Kirsten Richnavsky's discussion Crawl spaces and attics: OSHA to implement new rule on confined spaces
"Keeping HVAC equipment out of attics should be part of the new code. "
Jul 3
Bob Blanchette commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"The bigger problem is the way water is billed. Most of the charges are a fixed monthly amount that doesn't change with use. Use charges only account for a small portion of the bill."
May 29
Bob Blanchette replied to Carly@AirCycler's discussion The (Small) Cost of Ventilation Without Recovery
"Ventilators must be a northern thing. Never see them in Oklahoma."
May 14
Alvin J replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Marey Tankless Water Heaters
"Several tankless manufacturers have switched to allow for CPVC and PVC, for sure an easier and cheaper material. Which ones? I don't know of any. That's because all tankless heaters produce condensate, and it's corrosive. Anyway,…"
Apr 16
Bob Blanchette replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Marey Tankless Water Heaters
"Why is B vent OK for standard tank water heaters but not the Marey? 80% and natural draft furnaces have been using b vent for decades, vent normally lasts 20+ years if installed correctly."
Apr 16
Alvin J replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Marey Tankless Water Heaters
"I've personally installed several of these. Yes, they're good units, and they work according to advertising when installed correctly. The problem is that some homeowners install it themselves and then complain that they don't work.…"
Apr 16
Bob Blanchette replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"Some power companies are going to this business model, especially for large commercial accounts. Customer pays flat monthly rate based on available capacity, it's up to the customer to manage loads effectively. It's more of a grid capacity…"
Feb 21
Bob Blanchette replied to Tom Barrett's discussion How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California
"The bigger problem is taxpayers/government provides heavy subsidies to keep utility costs down for the end user. You are effectively paying much of your energy bill through taxes instead of utility costs. Get rid of energy subsidies and let energy…"
Feb 16
Kurt Albershardt replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Have Gas Meter fees/deliver charges got out of hand?
"Sort version:  The price of gas is market driven -- there are many suppliers competing for your utility's business.  The local distribution network is a monopoly.  Do you have a choice among local distribution networks?"
Feb 8
Bob Blanchette commented on Tom White's video
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Engaging study at UCLA tracks energy consumption

"Oge did a similar study back in 2011 before promoting variable peak pricing for residential customers."
Jan 22
Bob Blanchette's discussion was featured

Have Gas Meter fees/deliver charges got out of hand?

Last month my meter/delivery charges were MORE than the cost of fuel. I expect this in in the summer, but now it's happening in winter also.See More
Jan 21
Bob Blanchette commented on Christopher Morin's blog post How Low Should I Operate my Heat Pump?
"Peak energy use is a summer issue. TOU rates apply. Located in OKC. That's why I mentioned local rates structures vary A LOT."
Jan 21

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Replaced my A/C this weekend, results of downsizing by 1/3.

Recently my 13 yr old Carrier A/C devolved a leak and I chose to replace the system rather than track down the leak and repair the coil. I had been reading about doing manual J calculations and how contractors are scared to death to undersize. I had been talking to co-workers about this and it's an uphill battle getting them to think different than 1 ton per 500sq ft. So I decided to take confidence in correct sizing and "put my money where my mouth is" and install a 2 ton sized…

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Posted on September 2, 2012 at 4:39pm — 2 Comments

Just Signed up for OG&E Smarthours Program, A new way to manage energy use

How SmartHours Plus works: It costs more for electricity during peak periods of high customer demand.

Other factors, like weather conditions and the time of year, also drive electrical prices higher. SmartHours Plus,

sometimes known as Variable Peak Pricing (VPP), allows you to save when costs are lower, or off peak. Peak hours

are 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays, and prices during those hours vary based on demand (see chart). You’ll get advance

notice of tomorrow’s peak price the…

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Posted on January 17, 2012 at 1:30pm

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At 1:46pm on January 17, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Bob,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Thanks!
Diane, HEP Moderator

At 7:55am on January 14, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Bob,

 

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Don't forget to add your location on our Member Map. We'd be happy to see Sweden represented!


Thanks!
Diane, HEP Moderator

 
 
 

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