Anna Jursik's Blog (13)

Affordably Net-Zero

In addition to saving energy, net-zero technologies offer a plethora of health, safety, and environmental benefits; but achieving zero energy can be prohibitively expensive. In this interview, Lucas Alm and Dan Handeen…


Added by Anna Jursik on May 8, 2014 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Plugging into the Internet of Things

Imagine if your furnace let you know when needed a tune-up, or if your home theatre saw you coming and turned itself on. According to Marc Jensen, managing partner and chief technology officer at space150, the Internet of…


Added by Anna Jursik on April 22, 2014 at 7:31am — No Comments

Could a Certificate Motivate Homeowners to Invest in Efficiency?

80 percent of Minneapolis’s housing stock was built before World War II, but 40 percent of these homes have never upgraded their wall insulation. After investigating barriers to completing efficiency projects, CEE’s latest report, Energy Fit Homes, proposes awarding a certificate to homes that achieve basic efficiency standards.

Existing homes need…


Added by Anna Jursik on April 2, 2014 at 7:41am — 1 Comment

Electric Thermal Storage vs. Heat Pump Water Heaters

Contributing Author: Ben Schoenbauer 

Which residential water heating technology is best for meeting electricity savings goals? It will depend if the goal is reducing total consumption or lowering peak demand

In Minnesota,…


Added by Anna Jursik on November 5, 2013 at 8:40am — 39 Comments

Public Art to Promote Energy Efficiency

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.…


Added by Anna Jursik on July 9, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The Energy Challenge'D: Crowdsourcing for Energy Efficiency

Shriver-E_HR_.jpg CEE understands that efficient technologies alone will not save energy. Consumer behavior plays a role in energy consumption, so our program design incorporates use strategies from behavioral psychology. We also like to use social media and other communication channels to educate about energy! In this post, Minnesota Energy Challenge Coordinator …


Added by Anna Jursik on April 15, 2013 at 7:35am — No Comments

Advances in Spray Foam

Last December, Building Science Corporation (BSC) Principal Dr. Joe Lstiburek presented a full day webinar session on spray foam concerns and solutions, using information based on field experience and laboratory research. The webcast featured reports on BSC…


Added by Anna Jursik on February 4, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Financing as Follow-Through

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…


Added by Anna Jursik on November 27, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

401(e): Workplace Energy Saving Program

Community Energy Services draws from CEE’s experience applying community organizing principles to…


Added by Anna Jursik on October 22, 2012 at 7:04am — 1 Comment

Women in Energy: Students

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog --

Center for Energy and Environment research and programs focus on Minnesota buildings and homes, but advances in energy efficiency impact people all over the world. The…


Added by Anna Jursik on September 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

French Perspective: Thermal Regulation for New Residential Buildings

This summer, the Innovation Exchange is thrilled to host Alice H. from Paris, France!  Alice is a project manager on energy retrofit of residential buildings at the research division of an energy utility company in France. She’s volunteering at CEE for a few weeks to discover the nice people of Minneapolis and also learn about energy efficiency in American buildings. So far, she’s really enjoying her stay!…


Added by Anna Jursik on August 22, 2012 at 8:32am — No Comments

From the Field: Residential Energy Programs and Mobile Devices

CEE has always been attuned to advances in technology, whether assessing improvements in appliances and energy systems or applying new communication tools to innovate around program delivery. We recently interviewed Tom Spielman, Director of IT, and Rich Szydlowski, Director of Business Development and…


Added by Anna Jursik on July 25, 2012 at 8:13am — 2 Comments

Women in Energy: Research and Engineering

We're writing a series on women who work in the energy field and thought home energy professionals would be interested to hear their perspective.

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog --

Center for Energy and Environment focuses our research and programs on Minnesota buildings and homes, but …


Added by Anna Jursik on July 3, 2012 at 9:28am — No Comments


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