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EE programs SUCK - but it doesn't have to be this way - #oneknob

The numbers and reports keep coming in, residential EE programs from California to Massachusetts are terrible.Work is often mediocre,…Continue

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Started Nov 6, 2014

Rick Gerardi's case for a "Performance Registry"
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In NY, HPwES is in serious risk of collapse.  While short term triage "solutions" seem de rigueur, vision for sustainable long term cures, and understanding that masking the illness only allows it to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Dundon Sep 14, 2012.

SIR minimums, building a culture, an infrastructure based upon lying...
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SIR minimum requirements create a culture of lying that, if things don't change quickly, will be embedded in the very culture of Home Performance.  We won't have an infrastructure of building…Continue

Tags: design, bad, causes, structural, corruption

Started this discussion. Last reply by phil jeffers Jan 13, 2012.

 

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tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Bob, here is where our perspectives diverge. I think people should switch to electric because they can't anticipate the reasons it is a good decision. Not only does going with a new gas appliance handcuff you to gas, but there are…"
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tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Here our thinking falls out of alignment. Going to electric is default for me. People can't anticipate that far out, and should strategically position themselves to jump on opportunities instead of handcuffing themselves to bad…"
Saturday
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"8 people, sometimes under 10 therms. Just not enough energy used heating water to get obsessive about what type of energy to use. U believe the false argument was started and is perpetuated by gas companies who want consumers to make appliance…"
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tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Thankless water heaters are a GREAT deal.... For the installers. They are usually very profitable. They make more on the install, they make money servicing, and they make money reparing if not serviced. So its no surprise that installers would sing…"
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tedkidd commented on Bijou Lulla's blog post A CHEAT SHEET FOR ENERGY MODELLING OLD HOMES
"Nice post Jeff. Some high level insights.  Are you tracking your project savings? Are you comparing them to projected savings? Can I see those numbers? "
Jul 16
tedkidd commented on Bijou Lulla's blog post A CHEAT SHEET FOR ENERGY MODELLING OLD HOMES
"Wrong. You nicely illustrate the where, but not the why. The biggest errors occur because modeling accurately is more work, there is little to no incentive to model accurately, and in many cases there IS incentive to overstate savings. To solve…"
Jul 16
tedkidd replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"How about an entry point? Instead of waiting for completed projects, approach it the way you would a race, or a diet, with an entry weigh in. You'd get data from a whole lot of baselines. There could be an annual progress check, which would…"
Jul 14
tedkidd commented on Lester Shen's blog post Energy bills up? There may be humans in your building
"Sweet! Will the industry listen? I don't see how Nest plays into this. Isn't it a black box? We use Ecobee - it allows us to see how equipment and enclosure perform together, and when occupants are uncomfortable through logging…"
Jul 13
tedkidd replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Immediate verifiable won't work, this has been improved over 20 years..."
Jun 29
tedkidd replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Here's my use. This is roughly 4500 occupied sf - 2 family home with 3 people downstairs and 5 people up. 2 electric meters, one gas meter. The electric use shown includes electric car charging. I've recently sold my ICE - so the electric…"
Jun 29
tedkidd replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Big Data Analytics - Don't Believe the Hype
"Awesome share Tom, thanks!!  In NY I've talked to people who've had the "free" NY audit and been told they could save $1400 a year on their gas bill. They say they might have bit if they hadn't already done the math…"
Jun 18
tedkidd replied to William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"Navien has a flow valve that ensures you don't outrun the units ability to heat water to your set temperature."
May 7
tedkidd commented on Sean McLoughlin's blog post Programming in-floor electric radiant heat, is it worth it?
"In my experience electric in floor is not used to heat spaces, it heats occupants. Particularly their feet and ankles. This can often turn an unpleasant room into a wonderful room. My parents have a 300 sf sunroom they use all winter. It has no…"
Apr 23
tedkidd commented on Shawna Henderson's blog post Drainwater Heat Recovery Units & Water Efficiency
"Those things are cool Shawna.  Eric, really great thinking! That's likely a fantastic application.  Susan, it could be argued that the whole plumbing stack be insulated. After all, the inside of the stack is outdoors. Check one out…"
Apr 2
tedkidd replied to Tom Strumolo's discussion Ancient (70's) wall foam insulation, now a powder.
"Looking back (20/20 hindsight) the issue looks kind of silly. "Let's tighten the snot out of buildings and walk away - what could go wrong?" I suspect if they'd installed mechanical ventilation/had todays requirements those…"
Apr 2
tedkidd replied to Tom Strumolo's discussion Ancient (70's) wall foam insulation, now a powder.
"Sean's suggestion is to turn the fan around. If the material is friable it won't be pulled into the house. Barring some huge kitchen vent you are likely to get a very similar CFM50 number. "
Apr 2

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Energy Efficiency Specialists, LLC.
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Crunching the numbers. Beating the savings projections by getting the crews excited about their work.
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TRACKING RESULTS - Making Excellence A Competitive Advantage

Promises of savings without tracking DRIVES ME NUTS.  People are being harmed and we don't have any idea how big the harm is.  Comprehensive Home Performance really takes off once you connect tracking results because now you can offer a thing very rare.  

You can offer TRUTH.  You can offer PROOF that what you say will happen, will happen.  Delivering the "5th 

How do we create pressure for Utilities to open up their data so tracking can be automated?…

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Posted on December 13, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Great Home Energy Magazine HPwES article.

Great article.  I think Courtney Moriarta may be one of the brilliant original designers of Comprehensive Home Performance:

Home Energy Magazine - Home Performance with Energy Star :: Home Performance with Energy Star - Looking Back to See the Future 

Hopefully the current obsession with "cost effectiveness" will soon be replaced with focus on Comprehensive…

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Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:00pm

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At 1:10pm on October 6, 2014, Better Buildings Support said…

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At 1:01pm on June 14, 2013, Melissa Baldridge said…

Thanks for the friend request, Tedd.  And for the awesome work you do - I feel your passion and care every time you post.

With warm regards,

Melissa

At 8:20am on September 17, 2012, Curt Kinder said…

That's very kind of you to say.

At 1:00pm on September 23, 2011, David Eggleton said…
Welcome to the 1000 Home Challenge group, Ted.  As the project moves out from the pilot phase, much of interest will emerge!  At any time, send me nominations for the Resources section of the group's page.
At 12:14pm on May 18, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

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