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Phoenix, AZ Residents Get an Electric Rate Cut in Middle of Peak Season

Thanks to low natural gas prices and renewable energy sources, Salt River Project (SRP) customers in the greater Phoenix area will receive a 3.7 percent discount on their electric rates for July and August, two of the hottest months of the year.

SRP is the primary electric provider for Maricopa County, and their move to lower rates temporarily gives Phoenicians some relief from typically high electric bills. According to an SRP spokesperson, the average two-month decrease will total…

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Added by jackie harsha on June 26, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Elevate Energy Mythbusters: Windows & Attics Edition

This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley.

Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions.  Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true.

Our Perception

Windows: We see through them every day and curse the drafts coming through and around them. We are certain that old windows are the main culprit behind why we spend so much…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 24, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

5 Key Reasons Why Rooftop Solar Is Popular In The US

The rapid switch from traditional electricity to clean, economical and renewable solar energy is evident from the proliferation of rooftop solar panels in US homes and commercial buildings. Data shows that between 2008 and 2014, the use of solar power in homes, institutions and commercial buildings witnessed a significant growth of more than 50 percent annually. Solar is an attractive option in those areas since they are blessed with abundant sunshine. Florida, for…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on June 22, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Top 5 Tips For Hiring A Crawl Space Contractor

A homes crawl space is one of the few places most homeowners try to avoid at all cost, and for good reason. They are dark, nasty, wet, smelly places for the most part. Because of this, most homeowners take an "out of sight out of mind" approach to their homes crawl space. But homeowners who have issues such as standing water, mold, foundation problems, and structural wood damage do not have the luxury of ignoring their crawl space. Ignoring crawl space issues such as those mentioned can lead…

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Added by Adam Swain on June 21, 2016 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?

Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy? New on my Blog! This post was made to respond to my friend Nate Adams question of 'Why?' when I tweeted that I was disappointed at…

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Added by John Nicholas on June 20, 2016 at 8:09am — 1 Comment

Creating an Energy-Saving, Environmentally Friendly Home

A majority of homeowners throughout the world are looking for new ways to create an environmentally-friendly household for a number of reasons. Improving the overall well-being of the world and reducing energy expenses are two of the most common reasons that a homeowner cuts back, but where do you begin?

In the broad scheme of things, renovating a household to be more eco-friendly can look like an over-bearing mountain of expenses and time, yet many homeowners are missing out on the…

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Added by Taylor Tomita on June 15, 2016 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Leasing of Commercial Property

The hike in the profit of companies, which involve in selling and leasing commercial buildings, have drawn several investors to this market. Now several property owners are willing to lease their properties hoping for profitable returns.

With the development of full-service property companies, this dream has become achievable. These companies specialise in providing high skilled industrial, commercial and residential property management experts, well experienced property sales…

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Added by Alfie Davis on June 15, 2016 at 5:18am — No Comments

Steam heating system retrofit in multifamily houses into “vacuum boost” steam heating.

Problem scale. Significant, untapped opportunities exist to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s multifamily housing stock, which accounts annually for more than 100 million tons of carbon emissions and approximately $22 billion in energy expenditures [1]. Most multifamily rental properties were constructed before modern building energy codes were adopted, and existing utility incentive and rebate programs often overlook the…

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Added by Igor Zhadanovsky on June 14, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Gas vs Induction Cooking Energy Comparison

Comparison Between LP Gas Range and Induction Burner

Admittedly, this is a simple and very limited analysis, but it does offer some useful information. I wrote about induction cooking 2 years ago, the cost has since come down enough that I recently bought a single coil, counter-top unit, and after a week of use, the numbers are in.

As a…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on June 14, 2016 at 6:10am — 13 Comments

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

Keeping track of what's going on in the world of low-impact, sustainable housing is, and was, a challenge.

We did a study for CMHC back in the early 00's looking for great examples for a series of case studies that required collecting a ton of info on many projects. CMHC published only 3 of 24 case studies, but…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 13, 2016 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Adding New Dimensions to Architectural Design

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Added by Therma-HEXX on June 13, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

Addison Talks with BUILDER Magazine: Why Closed Crawlspaces Make Sense

BUILDER Magazine recently published “Five Alternative Construction Methods,” a series of articles looking at “building methods that are gaining traction because they save time, money, and headaches — or all of the above — while producing better results and more energy savings.”

The story titled “…

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Added by Diane Jackson on June 10, 2016 at 6:52am — 1 Comment

The ABCs of Snowmelting

The ABCs of snowmelting

Added by Therma-HEXX on June 7, 2016 at 11:28am — No Comments

Converging Trends

Environmental Leader recently described legal challenges faced by a business coalition supporting the “Clean Power Plan.” Aside from the Supreme Court’s intervention, the coalition “is fighting more than …

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 6, 2016 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

What is The Difference Between Vented and Vent Free Gas Logs?

Are you sitting on the decision fence on what you want for a fireplace? Wondering what the difference is between vented and vent free logs? Well, we are going to answer that question for you. That way you can finally make the decision that is right for you. There are definitely distinct differences between the two. The biggest thing to remember is they…

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Added by Ajmain Azraf on June 6, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

Energy Burden by Income

It’s no surprise that household energy expenditures put a considerable burden on low- to middle-income families, and a study correlated this impact by measuring the correlation between income and morbidity due to extreme heat or cold.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection published the results of the study that analyzed data between 2006 and 2010. The study analyzed morbidity rates due simply to extreme temperatures. They found that counties throughout the U.S. that…

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Added by jackie harsha on June 5, 2016 at 4:24pm — 2 Comments

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Electricity Rate

Rate design is the method by which an energy utility calculates charges for the energy you use and for the infrastructure used to deliver that energy to your home.  This post explains how these charges are calculated.  

How Are Energy Rates…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 3, 2016 at 8:53am — No Comments

My Apartment in Tokyo

Every time I visit Japan I learn something new, and my most recent trip was no exception. This time I stayed in an apartment, which exposed me to several new energy-related devices. First, what’s this gadget attached to the wall? (See photo below.)

Reading the Japanese isn’t terribly informative, because the label just says it’s a “peak alarm unit.” The apartment’s owner pays the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on June 2, 2016 at 9:56am — 3 Comments

Whole House Fan Thermostat



News for 2016! I have invented a thermostat for whole house fans that can be used on any installed fan. As you know, whole house fans should not be automatically started because there is no way to know if return air is available in the form of, usually, open windows. So my thermostat does not start working until the fan is turned on by the homeowner. Then it senses the home temperature and automatically turns the fan off when the temperature falls to the set point desired. More info at…

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Added by Kurt Shafer on June 2, 2016 at 7:51am — No Comments

Few Advantages Of Led Light Bars

LED stand for light emitting diode. The technology can be used at many places including while driving. LED light bars are installed in order to get better lighting at night times so that the driving remains safe and disaster free.

An LED light bar is a strip of LED lights. This strip can be installed…

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Added by Lights N More on June 1, 2016 at 3:16am — No Comments

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