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Is Geothermal Dead??

With air source inverter-based splits continuing to achieve lower outdoor temperature heat extraction, low operating costs coupled with high SEER ratings, I'm having a hard time trying to understand…Continue

Started Oct 16, 2014

Google Nest Acquisition- Where the Home Energy Market is Going
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The financial news has talked about the recent 3.2 billion acquisition of  Nest, so what does that mean to the home energy market?I believe the smart money is going into energy analytics- not just…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom DelConte Feb 7, 2014.

Why Are Energy-Saving Home Inprovements Down??
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This is a link to a recent article from a leading energy marketing firm that discusses a multi-year decline in energy-saving improvements:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Eggleton May 24, 2013.

Inexpensive CRM Software for Energy Auditing & Sales
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I am looking for feedback on any CRM software you may be using or familiar with that offer features which can be used to capture energy audit data for further retrofit work and marketing. A tool that…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig Bird Apr 20, 2012.

 

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Jose Macho commented on Charlie Hewitt's blog post Revisiting Heat Pump Water Heaters
"I am aware of homeowner dissatisfaction of hybrid units not performing due to location, particularly when replacing an electric storage unit located in a confined closet location.  I would like to see more manufacturer data on required space…"
Thursday
Tom Conlon commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"I usually enjoy Shankar's segments, but this one struck me as just another example of the media needlessly juxtaposing Conservation vs. Efficiency. Sure, we humans have a bias to horde our cash, but those of us who know better should never…"
Jun 4
Jose Macho commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"I think some of you have missed the point...What social science is saying is that people shrink from making efficiency solutions because they have to spend money, so they focus on curtailment solutions like lowering the thermostat so they are not…"
Jun 4
Jan Green commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"Listening to the "morning edition" and the results of the survey doesn't surprise me.  Encouraging someone to spend money to save money involves educating them.  It's a constant awareness campaign.  "
Jun 4
Rob Buchanan commented on Jose Macho's blog post Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"
"I think this is an interesting comparison, but I would also want to know whether similar surveys have been done with respect to energy conservation. Do people give similar, low-impact and no-cost responses? That can give us a lot of insight into…"
May 29
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
Jose Macho's blog post was featured

Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"

A great transcript from a recent NPR "Morning Edition" broadcast about a recent California survey on water conservation efforts. The results are exactly what we find with energy conservation... When homeowners were asked what actions will save water, most said "taking shorter showers" (turning down the heat), or "keeping water off while brushing" (wearing a sweater) which of course is a complete mismatch of real saving efforts, like installing low-flow toilets (installing insulation).- which…See More
May 26
Jose Macho replied to randy tolowski's discussion 32,000 active BPI certifications = how many real jobs?
"How many re-certify or renew??? I would argue the number is quite low for a number of reasons... Many were able to obtain BPI certification at no cost through state/federal job training programs. Many hiring companies performing energy audits have…"
May 18
Jose Macho posted a blog post

Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"

A great transcript from a recent NPR "Morning Edition" broadcast about a recent California survey on water conservation efforts. The results are exactly what we find with energy conservation... When homeowners were asked what actions will save water, most said "taking shorter showers" (turning down the heat), or "keeping water off while brushing" (wearing a sweater) which of course is a complete mismatch of real saving efforts, like installing low-flow toilets (installing insulation).- which…See More
May 18
Jose Macho replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion Whole-house Ductless Mini-split install costs
"No simple answer....It's all about placement, number of outdoor condensing units (affects SEER) and of course, heat load of the dwelling...As compared to GSHP??? a closed loop with 2 drilled wells doesn't come close in cost and makes no…"
Feb 19
Jose Macho posted a discussion

Is Geothermal Dead??

With air source inverter-based splits continuing to achieve lower outdoor temperature heat extraction, low operating costs coupled with high SEER ratings, I'm having a hard time trying to understand the applicability of Geothermal closed loop systems in the Northeast. Not to mention the high up front costs of Geothermal systems and questionable payback....I think Geothermal systems are fading like your Grandmothers picture tube TV...See More
Oct 16, 2014
Jose Macho replied to Jamie Kaye's discussion Flickering LED lights
"The pin or socket type fixtures were manufactured by a few companies and are no longer sold retail.  Fixtures are rated by wattage, not bulb type other than a special socket for a specific bulb. The wattage is about the heat generated from the…"
Jul 8, 2014
Jose Macho replied to Jamie Kaye's discussion Flickering LED lights
"Your problem is indeed the built-in dimmer electronics in the fan that allow a gradual brightening of the bulbs and will only work with incandescent lights. CFL's us an electronic ballast and LED's have a built-in power supply that…"
Jul 3, 2014
Jose Macho replied to Jamie Kaye's discussion Flickering LED lights
"I would agree- most likely the dimmer. Older dimmers are problematic as well as cheap ones that do not filter the voltage.   To confirm, try placing the bulb in a switched outlet to see what happens."
Jul 3, 2014
Jose Macho replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion Tankless Water Heaters... has their time finally come?
"I agree with Brian's assessment as the these condensing units do require maintenance and ideal water conditions to minimize scale build up. Another big issue is the servicing contractor- ensuring technicians are properly trained to service and…"
May 15, 2014
Jose Macho replied to King Rosales's discussion Where did you buy your LED lights?
"Connecticut provides a subsidy on  the retail cost of certain LED/CFL lighting  purchased at participating  big box retailers. These bulb  products are priced with an "Energize Connecticut" logo and meet Energy Star…"
May 15, 2014

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Why Don't Homeowners Spend Money on Energy Saving Upgrades??? Blame "Cognitive Biases"

A great transcript from a recent NPR "Morning Edition" broadcast about a recent California survey on water conservation efforts. The results are exactly what we find with energy conservation... When homeowners were asked what actions will save water, most said "taking shorter showers" (turning down the heat), or "keeping water off while brushing" (wearing a sweater) which of course is a complete mismatch of real saving efforts, like installing low-flow toilets (installing insulation).- which…

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Posted on May 18, 2015 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Excellent PBS Energy Program Worth Watching

In case you missed it, PBS has been airing a series "EARTH: The Operators Manual".  The  recent episode which aired last week "Energy Quest USA" is well worth watching...

While many of us discuss methods and marketing for audits and retrofits, I believe it is the community neighbor-to-neighbor programs and activities that engage the homeowner and get results. The show profiles communities making smart energy choices based on economics and the environment. Below is a link to the…

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 9:01am

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At 12:03pm on April 14, 2012, Jim Peck said…

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At 6:49am on December 13, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Jose,

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