Spring has sprung and now it’s time to open the windows and clean! But, while you are doing your spring cleaning and clearing out old things, it’s good to think about what you can do to go green in the process of cleaning. Whether it’s recycling, changing out your lightbulbs, or doing some minor repairs to your…Continue
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Energy efficiency programs provide a means of addressing electric demand growth while minimizing the need for new generation resources. Investor-owned utilities, municipal electric utilities, and electric cooperatives have offered these programs to commercial and residential customers for decades. In the Texas deregulated electric market, however, there was a question…Continue
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This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy.
Building owners can save money by investing in energy efficiency improvements. But if they can’t afford the upfront costs of the upgrades, they continue to pay higher energy bills and are even less able to pay for energy efficiency improvements down the road.
On-bill financing (OBF) is one tool to help owners break out of this cycle. It provides an opportunity to invest in energy…Continue
Energy efficiency is a term given to the process of using energy that maximizes power saving without reducing service or utility. In a developing country like India, energy is the capital on which industries thrive. To fulfill industrial needs, a lot of energy is produced within the country as well as purchased from foreign lands. The result is a lot of expenditure and pollution. To make things worse, there is a lot of mismanagement of the grids that leads to considerable loss of…Continue
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Unlike what some people believe, going green doesn’t have to be a daunting and expensive task. There are simple things that people can do every day, such as unplugging electronics, or over a weekend such as fixing leaky faucets and changing air filters. These quick and easy ways to go green can help make a difference, no matter how small they are. Below is a short list of some of the things that you can easily do in order to go green without having to make major changes in your…Continue
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A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that poor installation of air conditioning and heat pump units often leads to unsatisfactory energy performance. This research took three years to compile, with the help of surveys, field evidence, and various measurements for modeling. The most common installation errors included leaky ducts, improper refrigerant charge, oversizing of systems, and restricted…Continue
Sandeep and Carolyn Sood own several apartment buildings in Chicago, but the 55-unit building at 6731 S. Jeffery Boulevard is special. The building is one of the first in the country to receive the new ENERGY STAR® certification for multifamily buildings.
“For us, it’s an important designation. It shows people that want to live here that we care.…Continue
Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her…Continue
After the first week, the ductless heat pump and I became so close that could never even think of her as ugly. But some folks don't like the look.
In an analogy to current medical practice, the mini-split heat pump is fabulous but the side effects are minimal for some people. In those cases, we have a cure for the side effect, the LED sandwich light that mesmerizes the eyes softly and makes heat ugly pumps disappear right before your very eyes.…Continue
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Brainy light bulbs. Refrigerators that heat dishwasher water. Elevators that use no more energy than toasters. These are just a few of the “Oh Wow’ topics last week at the annual EE Global conference.
But it was growth in cities – and their buildings – that was clearly on the minds of industry leaders, 500 in total who gathered at the Washington, D.C. event, sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy.
The US spends $432 billion per year on energy for buildings –…Continue
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Netflix, you were right. I liked Downton Abbey. And thanks, Amazon I do want to read Michael Lewis’ new book. I still can’t figure out how Google knows I have a new dog.
Even if at times it feels a bit eerie, such ‘consumer-of-one’ marketing is a convenience many of us have come to appreciate. And it’s an approach now embraced by most major retailers.
The exception? You’ve guessed it: the ever-old fashioned electric utility.
The Appraisal Institute has developed a Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum is the first residential energy efficiency appraisal report addendum developed by appraisers, for use by appraisers when appropriate. This report evaluates items of high performance housing for consideration by appraisers.
Measuring the Value of Home Energy Efficiency
The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum will serve as a tool for…Continue
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In 2013, we published a blueprint with the National Home Performance Council that outlines a seven-step…Continue
Remember, though, improvements must have been installed in 2013, not just purchased, and generally, claims can only be made on your primary residence.
Eligible measures may include doors, windows, and…Continue
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Electricity comes at a cost. There’s simply no getting around that problem (short of installing your own solar panels, of course). However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be stuck with high power bills. There are several ways that you can reduce the amount of your electricity cost – and they don’t necessarily involve turning off your air conditioner in the middle of summer, either. Here are some excellent ways to knock those costs down.
Get a Smart…Continue
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Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.
One result is that energy…Continue
Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.
Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…Continue
Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response with inclusive and engaging public art installations, such as the upcoming Northeast Green Light Project.…