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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kurt Albershardt Feb 8, 2015. 12 Replies

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

Energy Costs: Progressive or Regressive?

Started Jan 4, 2015 0 Replies

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

How does Cycles Per Hour affect real world AFUE?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradford E. White Dec 30, 2014. 12 Replies

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

Dual Fuel Systems, at what point do they make sense?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Dec 4, 2014. 2 Replies

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

 

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Bob Blanchette liked Diane Chojnowski's discussion Now you can "LIKE" posts on Home Energy Pros!
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Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"I'd run the bathroom heater on a timer. Homeowner will want a "boost" of heat in the morning/showers. Exact temp isn't an issue, they just want the heater "wide open" for 15-30 minutes."
Feb 3
Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"3,000BTU is MAXIMUM load @ design conditions. How many hours are less than design? Our entire house with a 44k furnace only uses $150/yr in gas (doesn't include meter fees), $50/yr for a bathroom doesn’t sound right. "
Feb 2
Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"Can you link to product reviews of a ceiling install? Scared of anything w/o a proven track record.."
Feb 1
Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"No pricing or BTU specs posted on the website."
Jan 31
Bob Blanchette replied to Bachi Brunato's discussion Baseboard Hydronic Heater with Thermostat & Pump?
"K120 heater You would need to provide your own pump though. "
Jan 28
Bob Blanchette replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"50KW is REALLY pushing it on a standard residential meter, that's 208A @ 240v. $873 minimum customer charge!!"
Nov 28, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"The use of CT's screams commercial service, most likely over 200A. 200A and lower uses simply plug in socket meters. Utilities don’t typically charge for KVA/power factors until you get into 460v 3phase. I've never seen a utility…"
Nov 27, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"Its not uncommon for bills to go up when switching analog for digital meters. Analog meters slow down over time, and digital meters are more accurate. Customers don't pay attention to energy use until it starts costing them a lot of $$$.…"
Nov 19, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Chris Dorsi's discussion Question: What Are The Most Common Energy Code "Fails"?
"Oklahoma City. Yes, they are every bit as bad as they sound. Unfortunately they have been engrained in HVAC installers heads since the 1970's. "Its worked for 4 decades, why change now"."
Oct 29, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Article about residential energy efficiency and why sales are low
"Great concept, but more legislations is NOT the answer. Getting government OUT of energy policy makes more sense (AKA simply close the DOE). Let energy prices rise to their natural levels since there will no longer be subsidies to energy companies.…"
Oct 24, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Bud Poll's discussion How do we pay for the grid?
"Expect grid connect fees to increase over time instead of KWH charges. Our natural gas company has already done this, $30/mo grid tie/delivery fee, 37 cents per therm for the gas. This gives consumers very little incentive to do any energy…"
Oct 24, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Article about residential energy efficiency and why sales are low
"The big problem is energy costs aren’t fully paid for in utility bills. Government subsidizes energy costs and uses wars to keep foreign oil cheap. If energy costs were 100% reflected in utility bills like most other countries, home…"
Oct 24, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Jose Macho's discussion Google Sunroof Project- Where Are They Going with Solar?
"Nice idea but conventional energy sources are currently too cheap."
Oct 24, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to Chris Dorsi's discussion Question: What Are The Most Common Energy Code "Fails"?
"More oversizing in our area also. 500sqft per ton is the "rule of thumb" regardless of house age/construction. New construction contractors have zero incentive to downsize because they charge by the ton. Ductwork is typically poor with…"
Oct 24, 2015
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, 2015

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

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

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

Posted on January 17, 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

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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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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