The installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2011 and through the first half of 2012, according to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual PV cost-tracking report produced by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).
The median installed price of residential and commercial PV systems completed in 2011 fell by roughly 11% to 14% from the year before, depending on system…Continue
When I attend a conference I can always tell which sessions I find most inspirational by the amount of notes I take. While attending the annual Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC) conference on Monday of this past week in Sacramento, the note test proved itself once again. Hands down, I found the most inspiration from the afternoon Spotlight Panel titled “Hollywood, Media and Messaging.”
To be fair, I was excited about…Continue
Added by Macie Melendez on November 28, 2012 at 10:20am — No Comments
What do you call a former construction worker that knows how to dance the tango? Chris Dorsi. Okay, so maybe it’s not the best punch line, but it is certainly interesting. And that’s not the only thing we learned about Dorsi in the following interview.
Currently gearing up for regional conferences to be hosted by his newly founded company Habitat X in Portland and San Francisco, Dorsi is focused on combining professional training with…Continue
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How much electricity is need to roast a Thankgiving turkey & the rest of the holiday cooking extravaganza?
Monitoring baseline data from the Phased Deep Retrofit project being done by Florida Solar Energy Center for U.S. Department of Energy allows us to answer that question. Thanksgiving cooking in our 30 home, all electric sample averaged 2.76 kWh, 2.03 kWh more than it did on the Thursday before Thanksgiving (0.73 kWh)
Note that in the…
High initial costs can discourage homeowners from making large investments in energy improvements such as new heating equipment or insulation. Our Community Energy Services (CES) residential program tries to remove this barrier by helping identify available rebates as well as offering financing options such as low interest loans. Homeowners who complete a CES home visit qualify for a…Continue
Added by Anna Jursik on November 27, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Great article. I think Courtney Moriarta may be one of the brilliant original designers of Comprehensive Home Performance:
Hopefully the current obsession with "cost effectiveness" will soon be replaced with focus on Comprehensive…Continue
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Two years ago Software Advice predicted that electricians would be one of the best-suited construction trades to capitalize on the growth of green construction. It appears that prediction is coming true. Since 2005, the green construction industry has grown from close to three billion dollar industry to one worth roughly $48 billion.…Continue
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Five very full days in Orlando at NAR Annual 2012 creates a full slate of new ideas, opportunities and new thinking about old obstacles. Here are my Top 10 ideas and…Continue
The book focuses on tangible information, which can guide communities, regions, and individuals into a stable future.
Pahl first focuses on the myriad problems that we face today. With rising energy costs come increased food costs, increased cost of living, and the ultimate breakdown…Continue
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When using ACCA's Manual T for register selection, there are several basic rules that are followed regarding location. Most guidelines revolve around room air circulation and stagnant air, as well as the equipment application (heating only, cooling only, or combination). Application is the largest determining factor when it comes to return air locations.
For heating only applications, a low return duct is ideal to bring back the coldest air otherwise stagnant in the room.…Continue
Recently, the Obama government has sanctioned relief funds for people affected by the super storm Sandy as part of its LIHEAP or Low income Home Energy Assistance Program. According to the reports, around 284,000 homes have been affected in the catastrophe. The total financial loss estimated so far amounts to $88 billion. As a…Continue
The Three Laws of Home Performance Contractor
A performance contractor must do no harm through action or in action.
A performance contractor must follow the principles of building science unless they are in conflict with the first law
A performance contractor must protect…
The most terrified I've ever been was was the time I got called to do a home energy audit of the haunted house-as-a-system down the street. I still shudder when I think of that night. Yes, it was nighttime. The caller who hired me, a woman with a sultry voice, said that was the only…Continue
If you're planning on coming to the Habitat X Conference at Skyline College in San Francisco, you'll get to study alongside some of the most well-respected people in the industry.
On Monday December 10th, Ann Edminster will join us to discuss the shift in…Continue
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Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend a webinar put on by Energy Circle titled “Hurricane Sandy and the Home Performance Industry: How Do We Respond?” Peter Troast, CEO of Energy Circle, shared that when he woke up on Friday, he felt the need to start a bigger conversation—thus a webinar was born. For being a last-minute idea, the webinar was a huge success with a lot of response, which serves as yet another testament to the great people of this industry.…Continue
Added by Macie Melendez on November 5, 2012 at 1:21pm — No Comments
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/
In previous posts, I’ve explained how to incorporate smart phones and apps into energy audits (here and …Continue
Most of us know already that the price tag of electrical energy, fuel, natural gas, wood together with other energetics are continually increasing. For that base we must always ask ourselves can our house budget stand with so many expenses. Each single investment involves some amount of cash, however this isn't the end and besides investing every single single day by day or every year by year we pay for electrical bill, natural gas, wood, etc. Keep in mind that even with solar energy…Continue
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This is personal. When I heard reports about rampant waste and abuse in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that turned out to be false, I thought of all the people I know who worked tirelessly to meet one goal of ARRA—to weatherize 600,000 homes before March, 2012—and it made me very angry. The men and women of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) met and exceeded that goal, with minimum fraud, abuse, and waste. In fact, they reached 1-million homes weatherized…Continue
As I write this editorial in early October, the outcome of the election remains uncertain. That’s just fine, because it allows me to offer early advice to whichever candidate wins. Here are some recommendations based on my years with Home Energy.
The government plays an important role in lowering energy demand. If Americans expect the government to establish policies to regulate natural-gas fracking and power plant emissions, then it should also address energy efficiency. The…Continue