John Nicholas
  • Male
  • Derby, KS
  • United States
Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share

John Nicholas's Friends

  • Perry Ning
  • Jason S. Patty
  • James Robert Pender
  • Christopher Morin
  • Marg properties
  • Classic Residential, Inc.
  • Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA
  • Elizabeth Russell
  • Ben Stallings
  • Home Energy Magazine
  • Paul Raymer
  • Trayce Heidner
  • Jim Klebes
  • A. Tamasin Sterner
  • allen p tanner

John Nicholas's Groups

 

John Nicholas's Page

Latest Activity

John Nicholas replied to Kirsten Richnavsky's discussion Crawl spaces and attics: OSHA to implement new rule on confined spaces
"I listened to a webinar sponsored by NAHB with one of the OSHA staff members that was on the team that wrote this.  90% of the rule applies to enclosed spaces that someone can climb *down* into.  They also have a hazardous atmosphere, such…"
Jul 9
John Nicholas replied to Elizabeth Guinn's discussion ERV in need of backflow preventer.
"First,  What is the 24/7 CFM requirement for your house?   Second,  What is the CFM rating for the unit? The most efficient ERVs run closest to 60 minutes out of each hour.  Buying a unit that moves 70 CFM is less capital outlay…"
May 29
John Nicholas commented on Jamie Press's blog post How to Choose the Right Solar Panels
"How much power do you need?  The looking up appliances and electronics usage, assigning time of use and then calculating is tedious. Collect 36 months of Energy Bills.  Get monthly and annual averages. Consult with a skilled energy auditor…"
May 25
John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"Electrification for heating is bad.   Nope! Electric Resistance heating is not efficient. Nope!  The Yellow Energy Guide Label from the FTC says 100% on an Electric Furnace. Gas furnace (mine) is only 97% efficient. In 2012 I choose to use…"
May 5
John Nicholas replied to William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"No,  I don't heat my toilet water, but I don't like being in the shower when someone flushes. So I threw the 1 GPM in there.  When you figure potential, you can throw a lot in there.  The real actual is what will count. I…"
Apr 19
John Nicholas replied to William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"Simple math will tell you.   Figure the GPM requirements for each fixture you think will run at the same time, actually or potentially.  2 Showers 2.5 GPM unless your heads are WaterSense.  1 Toilet 1 GPM.  Tub 2 GPM for 10…"
Apr 19
John Nicholas replied to William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"In addition to the 2 items Sean mentioned, you will also have to consider the exhaust.  My personal tankless install moved 12 feet because of the flue issue.  Each home is different. Depending on the layout of the home, 2 smaller tankless…"
Apr 16
John Nicholas replied to Tony Hicks's discussion Slab-on-grade Insulation
"Take a look at the Energy Star New Homes Website. They have lots of good technical advice for constructing a continuous thermal barrier. You may also wish to check out Energy Edge.  They have an exterior slab insulation product that…"
Apr 16
John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Code Conflict Between 2012 IRC and 2012 IECC
"I just noticed this thread is almost two years old.  That may say more than anything. "
Apr 14
John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Code Conflict Between 2012 IRC and 2012 IECC
"There are some wording issues to be cleared up.  The larger issue is to remember what else was going on at the time these codes were being written. 1.  The new DHW standards that just kicked in were there. 2.  The elimination of all…"
Apr 14
John Nicholas replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Blower Doors & Methods Used in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Different houses, different problems, different approaches. A multipoint gives you a slope. The slope tells you about the holes and sizes.  Knowing about the size of the holes tells you something about where they might be. The slope helps with…"
Jan 25
John Nicholas replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Blower Doors & Methods Used in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Bud,  I pretty much agree with Sean's points.  Given the time it takes to set up the BD,  running a multi-point is nothing.  The IR work and using the standards emphasizing the points he made are important.  Also they…"
Jan 25
John Nicholas replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Blower Doors & Methods Used in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"I use Energy Conservatory Equipment.  I do manual Multi-point tests (95%) Then I manually input them into Tectitle.  I usually do a RESNET standard test.   On existing, I get some Can't Reach Fifty homes.  So I hope to get 2…"
Jan 22
John Nicholas posted photos
Jan 15
John Nicholas replied to billy g pinnick jr's discussion Blower Door Question
"How many blower doors have you run?  Ever have a family member open a door during your test? What happens to to the fan speed?  Were you watching the manometer?   My experience shows the fan speeds up almost immediately.  More…"
Dec 12, 2014
John Nicholas replied to Hal Skinner's discussion How much heat energy is lost through the floor of a house?
"A search on that website for spectral response charts showed 3 results dated 2004, 2010 and 2011.  The two latest were about space missions. The old one was a study of forest fire scars in Europe. The question is not that different surface…"
Nov 5, 2014

Profile Information

Company
The Energy Gug
Professional Certification
HERS Rater - Level II Thermography
Professional Interests
Building Certification, Improvement,
Website URL
http://TheEnergyGuy.info
Blog URL
http://TheEnergyGuy.info/Blog
Twitter ID
TheEnergyGuyKS
Facebook Page
TheEnergyGuy

John Nicholas's Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

Comment Wall

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

  • No comments yet!

John Nicholas's Blog

GeoSpring HPHWH from GE

Most homes in this area have a gas fired natural draft hot water heater. They come complete with a draft diverter.  The purpose of the draft diverter is to send the exhaust gasses (containing Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide etc) into the home if the chimney or flue doesn't allow them to go up. Left is a picture of a properly installed heater with a draft diverter. Note the space between the tank and the flue. That is the design that allow the noxious gasses to back draft into the…

Continue

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:58am

Energy Auditors Rock! They Depressurize!

You’ve been in the attic, the crawl spaces or basement, climbed up and down any stairs several times. There have been some questions from the home owner and perhaps from the kids in the house. If you are like me, you’ve bumped your head a few times on low hanging fruit. It has been a fun, rewarding and perhaps a little stressful.

The thing I do to relieve this stress, is to depressurize. Yes, let all that built up stress just…

Continue

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 6:00am

 
 
 

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.  Home Energy Pros is sponsored by the Better Buildings Residential Network.

Latest Activity

Joshua Moore commented on Jim Gunshinan's video
Thumbnail

GoGreen Portland 2014: The Myth of Apathy - Renee Lertzman, Ph.D

"Nice insights.  Engagement defined as a "genuine interest in collaboration, in…"
1 hour ago
Dmitri A Martin replied to Kirsten Richnavsky's discussion Let's Play Stump the Chump! in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"The detectors could have been giving false positive readings due to cleaning chemicals as it is…"
1 hour ago
Profile IconDmitri A Martin and Joshua Moore joined Leslie McDowell, BPI's group
Thumbnail

Building Performance Institute (BPI)

BPI is the nation's premier standards development, quality assurance and credentialing organization…See More
1 hour ago
Joshua Moore replied to Kirsten Richnavsky's discussion Let's Play Stump the Chump! in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"Great thread - when will you post the solution?"
2 hours ago
scottscontracting replied to scottscontracting's discussion Natural Insulation Poll
"D.Chojnowski, Thanks for the heads up, corrected the links and added that people could comment here…"
2 hours ago
Diane Chojnowski replied to scottscontracting's discussion Natural Insulation Poll
"The link goes to an error message. Would you please repost the correct link? Thanks!"
2 hours ago
Profile IconDavid Lopez, John Doe and Ariston C. Hernandez Jr. joined Home Energy Pros
12 hours ago
David Eggleton commented on David Eggleton's group Considering Permaculture &/or Transition
"Are you on Facebook?  Are we friends there?  If not, please send me a request."
16 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service