Steve Waclo
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Microbial Ecosystems

Hello All,Came upon this interview just this morning and although the research discussed was done in a university office building and a hospital, the implications for residential buildings are…Continue

Started Jun 3, 2013

First Issue of Newsletter from Canadian Centre for Housing Technology

Here's an email from Marianne Armstrong of CCHT. I was in touch with her regarding her recent study on the use of gas fireplaces as a primary heating source in homes (see post elsewhere). Ms.…Continue

Tags: newsletter, canadian, fireplace, gas

Started Dec 8, 2010

DOE Webinars: Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades

Hello All: Trust everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I promise this will be my last post of a DOE/EERE e-release, since I strongly suspect most folks on HEP are already tuned in and receive these…Continue

Started Dec 1, 2010

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Environmental Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades

This got buried in a Blog, and I've not quite figured out the difference, so here it is again:  Hello All:With so many HEP participants already being deluged with relevant (and sometimes irrelevant)…Continue

Started Nov 24, 2010

 

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Steve Waclo commented on Daniel Kauffman's photo
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2013 Full Year House Electric Data

"OK Daniel, are you going to make us drag it out of you :-) ? I'll start. Notice I have considerately allowed space for your response. What were the sensors that collected the data? Water: Gas: Electric:  What software package turned…"
Mar 22
Steve Waclo replied to Jennifer Weiss's discussion Looking for Residential Energy Usage Data Tracking Alternatives
"Hello all, Back on February 14, Bob Blanchette provoked 7 pages of commentary when he asked for assistance from the collective wisdom of Homeenergypros in an effort to solve the mystery of why he is unable to find a way to quantify savings,…"
Mar 20
Steve Waclo replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion How to determine HDD's and "savings" from furnace upgrade
"Here's a reply I received when I shared Bob's conundrum with a pro in Canada I contacted: Hi Steve, A long time ago, I worked as a housing engineering energy consultant and found out enough about Heating Degree-Days (HDD) to know they…"
Mar 15
Steve Waclo replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion How to determine HDD's and "savings" from furnace upgrade
"Bob, With great interest, I've been watching from the sidelines as this mystery play out. Many knowledgable and experienced pros have contributed theories and it appears a resolution, if indeed one exists within the grasp of extant building…"
Mar 2
Steve Waclo replied to Bud Poll's discussion Hot air language
"Thanks for your reply, Bud. "While you enjoy Kauai, remember, it was the cold air that started it all." I'll be sure to educate any locals who try to persuade me otherwise :-). Best wishes"
Oct 11, 2013
Steve Waclo replied to Bud Poll's discussion Hot air language
"Hello all Doing some research for our trip to Kauai next week when these two paragraphs rang a bell. Always the provocateur, and not wanting to miss an opportunity to announce my vacation plans (hey, I'm retired and the wife and I earned this…"
Oct 11, 2013
Steve Waclo commented on David Byrnes's blog post The little known check every auditor should be doing in every home.
"Hello David, Thanks for making time to post this information. You have discussed the effect of restrictive "stamped" registers and return grills in qualitative terms and it would be much appreciated if you could put some numbers with…"
Sep 26, 2013
Steve Waclo replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Ceiling/attic temperature differentials in the group EnergySoft Energy Pro
"Hello all, Results for my min/max ceiling temperature experiment were inconclusive. Watched the differential temp till I went to bed (it remained within 2F) and awoke to discover that real time temperature was still within 2F. However, ceiling temp…"
Jan 25, 2013
Bob Blanchette replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Ceiling/attic temperature differentials in the group EnergySoft Energy Pro
"If any of the above software is based on manual J it already has a huge "fudge factor" already built in. Real world conditions dictate that gas furnaces are almost always oversized, cycling even on he coldest of nights. I've never…"
Jan 24, 2013
Steve Waclo replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Ceiling/attic temperature differentials in the group EnergySoft Energy Pro
"Hello Brennan, Thanks for your reply! I suspected more sophisticated software might exist to take into account stratification, but as you point out, there are so many other imponderables in the process that net effect of efforts at…"
Jan 24, 2013
Brennan Less replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Ceiling/attic temperature differentials in the group EnergySoft Energy Pro
"Most residential compliance software will not allow you to make adjustments for stratification (in fact, I know of none...).  Much more troublesome software does allow such customization by the user at significantly more effort and probably not…"
Jan 24, 2013
Steve Waclo replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Canadian Study of Gas Fireplace Utilization
"Hello Bud, Wonder if we should go PM with further discussions? Regarding your theory on fireplace efficiency, I believe you may have a good point. Considering fireplace total output as a pie, one large segment is radiant, and without fan…"
Jan 22, 2013
Bud Poll replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Canadian Study of Gas Fireplace Utilization
"Well I guess the forum is in trouble as I'm a retired energy auditor. Actually I'm still trying to keep my hand in as I really enjoy this field. Being formerly from the engineering world I'm shaking things up a bit by asking…"
Jan 22, 2013
Steve Waclo replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Canadian Study of Gas Fireplace Utilization
"Bud, I thought there was someone at the bottom of the well I was shouting into! Thanks for your comments. As noted in the original post, my biggest surprise from the study was: "The fireplace efficiency testing showed that the operation of…"
Jan 22, 2013
Bud Poll replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Canadian Study of Gas Fireplace Utilization
"Hi Steve, I can at least give you a comment :). I read the summary and saw nothing surprising. The good news would be any reduction in efficiency is minor and the unit can function to some degree without power. I always advise home owners to pay…"
Jan 19, 2013
Steve Waclo replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Canadian Study of Gas Fireplace Utilization
"Hmmm, two years in and no comments :-(."
Jan 19, 2013

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all aspects of home energy management including passive solar and real time energy use monitoring

Have a lot of time on my hands since retirement and enjoy following developments in all aspects of residential energy management. During the Carter Administration (!) I worked in Technical Services for PEPCO in DC and helped numerous residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers understand their bills and better manage all aspects of their energy consumption. Been out of the business for a long time, but got involved again when utility costs in our 2002 home were higher than they needed to be. Penurious by nature but concerned about the future as well (although, when you think about it, what have future generations ever done for us?:-)

Look forward to following developments here and perhaps making a contribution on occassion.

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EPA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Environmental Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades

Hello All:



With so many HEP participants already being deluged with relevant (and sometimes irrelevant) information about the industry, it's difficult to decide when to add yet another layer by posting a press release such as this. For those who are top of this, forgive me. For those who aren't, and pretty much don't care, hope you'll forgive me too...



During my brief time with this group, I have come to very much respect the remarkable level of…
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Posted on November 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

EERE/DOE Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Energy Efficiency Improvements

Hello All:

Perhaps I'm not looking closely enough, but I've not noticed mention of these daily updates from DOE. In the unlikely event any members are unaware of the service, here's the latest release and I believe there is also info on signing up:…

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Posted on November 10, 2010 at 12:43pm

Developments in Nevada's "Audit on Demand" Legislation

Hello All:

Still learning the ropes here and after I sent this link out to the Marketing Group, discovered I could annoy all members simultaneously with a blog post :-).

Short version summary of subject line:

1) Responsible legislators enact Audit on Demand regulations.

2) Owners of gored oxen howl.

3) Program spins wheels.

Details below:…

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Posted on November 5, 2010 at 6:50pm

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At 4:54pm on November 3, 2010, Michael Stuart said…
Steve,

Based upon the profile photo that you have, you may get a kick out of this too:

Fluke Ti32 Thermal Imager looks at a 1932 Harley

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