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Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home

This is the home.


This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) "innocently" made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on November 24, 2015 at 6:08am — No Comments

5 Appliances that will Save You Money and Energy

In today’s day and age, it is not enough to simply talk about renewable energy or praise the initiatives that have been stemming up to establish solar power or wind power as suitable alternatives. We must help by coming up with ways to encourage energy conservation in buildings and energy efficient buildings in India.

We can do this by identifying several areas in which we can reduce our energy…


Added by Daina Martin on October 5, 2015 at 5:58am — 1 Comment

Residential Electric Load Disaggregation

“What gets measured gets managed” is a quote often attributed to the venerable management expert Peter Drucker.  The simple but powerful idea behind the statement is that without quantitative measurement, it is impossible to benchmark the current state and manage progress toward a desired state.  Variations of the quote abound but it is difficult to trace the quote to a specific book, paper, or speech.  As it turns out, an earlier incarnation of this idea predates Drucker.



Added by Charlie Hewitt on April 26, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Where do the presidential candidates stand on energy efficiency?

We know that what a political candidate says during a campaign often differs from what the eventual office-holder does. We also know that candidates choose their words carefully to give themselves wiggle room for modifications in course.

So we listen for innuendo and subtleties when candidates talk about our special interests. What kind of qualifying language do they use? Are they truly against X, Y and Z, or only under special circumstances?

 Below are some quotes on energy…


Added by Elisa Wood on August 21, 2012 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

Pushing This Green Button Will Lower Your Power Bill

Let's take a closer look at the Green Button and see if it is more than just an adult toy. According to Obama and other government supporters, the Green button is going viral. Ya, right, I don't believe it.

There has been several efforts in previous years to get power companies to "sign on" to programs that allow electric and gas customers to see how much energy they are using right there and then. The theory is that households that have energy usage data readily available will use…


Added by Don Ames on August 2, 2012 at 8:06pm — 12 Comments

4 Things to Check Before Installing a New, High Efficient Heating System.

I had just completed a home energy audit and learned that insulation levels and air sealing measures were up-to-speed. After crawling into the attic, performing a duct blaster, checking the temperature of the hot water, and a bunch of other things, I had come to the educated conclusion that this home’s best chance for improved energy efficiency and lower energy bills while heating the house would include replacing the heating source.

The 80% gas furnace is in the garage right next to…


Added by Don Ames on July 4, 2012 at 10:38pm — 7 Comments

Home Energy Audit 111 Years Old

by Don Ames,

I gathered up my auditing equipment and headed off to a neighboring community to perform a home energy audit that was constructed in 1901. Before I head out of the office and leave the comfort of my desk computer, I look up the home through County Records to determine about what year the home was constructed, about how big the home is, and if records show any remodel years.

When records indicate…


Added by Don Ames on April 4, 2012 at 10:33pm — 10 Comments

Energy Audit And Energy Saving Measures For A Big Home

The Energy Audit is Complete: The Homeowner Chooses These Energy Saving Improvements

by Don Ames,

Now that the 5 year old has put down the foam dart gun and stopped crawling in and out of the blower door, it's time to make some energy saving recommendations to the homeowner. After completing an energy audit of the home, it is usually fairly easy to start the conversation with the owners on what they should…


Added by Don Ames on March 18, 2012 at 10:20am — 3 Comments

Three Steps to Get You Started on Do-it-Yourself Smart Home Automation.

Three Devices That Will Get You Closer to Saving Energy Through Smart Home Automation

by Don Ames,

I have been enjoying the advertisement on the radio that goes something like this, "If your home was built in the 1950's, why would you expect it to perform better than a T.V. built in the 1950's?"

The point is well taken if you are interested in energy conservation. Homes built in the 1950's do not perform…


Added by Don Ames on March 10, 2012 at 8:15pm — No Comments

Energy Audit: Hot tubs and Shortcut Return Air Ducts

Energy Audit: Now Recommendations for Energy Saving Up-dates

by Don Ames,

Now that we have the hot tub and the hole-in-the-wall under control, it is time to go ahead…


Added by Don Ames on March 6, 2012 at 1:33pm — 4 Comments

Home Energy Audit With a Hole in the Wall

Why is there a heating register 4 feet up on the wall?

by Don Ames,

In my last article, I spoke about a home energy audit and the hot tub on the back deck. Remember, it was a manufactured home with a great deck overlooking a roaring hillside stream. Next door, the neighbors were the countryside recyclers, at least I suppose that's what they might call themselves.

Personally, I think I would call them by a…


Added by Don Ames on March 1, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Energy Audit and 5 Hot Tub Energy Saving Tips For Winter

Hot Tub's Ready to Go, Using Power All Winter

by Don Ames,

Finding a new address can be a little rough out here in the country. It doesn't help when the Google Map misses the important fact that a road is actually a dead end and it doesn't connect with another road like Google thinks. So I find two dead end roads instead of a nice continuous loop. And, as is always the case, I am on the wrong dead end. Oh well,…


Added by Don Ames on February 20, 2012 at 3:21pm — 4 Comments

5 Things You Want in a Shower Head, 3 Things You Do Not

by Don Ames,

When I am at a residence in the middle of a Home Energy Audit and it is time to clock the flow of water at the shower nozzle in the master bathroom, I always feel like I am getting a little too personal. Have the people found what is the best shower head or are they using a gully washer of an energy waster. Have these people ever asked themselves, What is…


Added by Don Ames on February 4, 2012 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Where to Look For Construction Flaws and Energy Waste

by Don Ames,

Construction flaws waste energy, reduce comfort, and encourage building deterioration. A little knowledge about construction methods can help you locate and correct these flaws. Let's face it, homes were not created equal, homes are the result of a hundred hands belonging to fifty different people that will never live in the house, but, never-the-less, have great influence…


Added by Don Ames on January 5, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Dryer Problems: Inefficiency and Fire

Clothes Dryer Problems Can Lead to Inefficiency and Fire.

by Don Ames,

Story appeared in my local newspaper the other day about an apartment laundry room that had dryer problems. It occurred to me, being the highly trained home energy auditor that I am, that any clothes dryer that had such a problem that it would catch fire, must have been a very inefficient clothes dryer for a long…


Added by Don Ames on December 18, 2011 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

Energy Education and the Consumer

Household Energy Consumption and Successful Energy Education

by Don Ames,

behavior choices

Two homes…


Added by Don Ames on October 23, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

An Energy Auditors Professional Mission

Energy Auditors: A Professional on a Mission to Save Energy

by Don Ames,,  

Hopefully, most people that become Doctors, want to be Doctors. If someone is going to go digging around in my belly, I want them to enjoy what they're doing and not wish they were out leading a group of fisherman on a flounder trip.

I feel the same way about Energy Auditors, anyone that is going to test my…


Added by Don Ames on October 18, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Priorities for Energy Efficiency

Energy Retrofits and Priorities for Energy Efficiency

by Don Ames,

energy efficiency

Nothing worse than saving…


Added by Don Ames on October 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why should I monitor my energy usage?

The biggest question many professionals and consumers alike have about energy monitoring is whether or not it actually works. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently conducted a home electricity use study. This study looked at various factors, one of which was the home energy monitor. They found that using an energy monitor could result in savings of 8-25%. EPRI conducted further research into…


Added by Silas Inman on November 3, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Manage Heating with Awareness

It is commonly known that heat rises, if you need an example, open your freezer and see where the cold air goes. This same principle applies to hot air balloons; the hot air causes the balloon to rise. Many home performance professionals understand what this means for a home in the winter. Unfortunately, the average consumer may not understand how important this concept is. On average 60% of heat escapes through the roof of a house, attic or roof insulation can go a long way in reducing…


Added by Silas Inman on November 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

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