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Case Study: Experiences in an All-LED Home

The kitchen is illuminated with ten 12W ceiling can lights. The two pendant lights are 3W LEDs. LED equivalents were not yet available for the fluorescent undercounter lights.  

This all started in August 2010 when we discovered that a rat had eaten gaping holes in the outlet hose of our dishwasher. When all the damage was counted, we were looking at a complete remodel of our kitchen area, covered in part by our homeowner’s policy.

Eventually this led to a complete energy revamp of our home, and, very pleasingly, a dramatic drop in our electrical bill—from roughly $400 per month on average in 2008 to roughly $60 per month in 2012 (even including the cost of a swimming pool filter pump, which must run five hours per day, 365 days per year).…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on April 24, 2017 at 6:42am

Case Study: Aiming for Net Zero Energy in Florida

The north side of the Parker-Shepperd house after remodeling. Note from the “before” photo (below) that sloped roof trusses were added to accommodate insulation and PV panels, and that an addition pushed out into the original front porch.

Owners: Danny Parker and Lisa Shepperd

Location: Cocoa Beach, Florida

Climate Zone: Hot-Humid…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on April 17, 2017 at 7:03am

Case Study: Deep Energy Retrofit in Ohio

The Wilson-James family in front of their remodeled 1942 Cape Cod–style home.

Owners: Jeff Wilson and Sherri James

Location: Athens, Ohio

Climate Zone: Cold

Jeff and Sherri’s original plan was to buy a house in town, do a quick aesthetic remodel, sell the house, and build a brand-new green home for themselves in the country. In 2001, they bought a 1,000 ft2 Cape Cod–style house, built in 1942, and set to work on it. Jeff brought a lietime of building experience to the project, as well as his background as host of numerous home-building shows on HGTV and the DIY Network.

Phase I (2001–2005):       

  • installed blown-in cellulose insulation in the walls and attic;
  • caulked…

Posted by Diane Chojnowski on April 10, 2017 at 10:00am

Lighting Choices to Save You Money

Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year. New lighting standards took effect in 2012, and money-saving options such as halogen incandescent, CFL, and LED lightbulbs are available today. For high-quality…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on April 2, 2017 at 10:02am

Landscaping for Shade

A trellis with a climbing vine can shade a home and still allow air circulation. 
| Photo courtesy of John Krigger, Saturn Resource.

A trellis with a climbing vine can shade a home and still allow air circulation. 
| Photo courtesy of John Krigger, Saturn Resource.

Solar heat absorbed through windows and roofs can increase cooling costs, and incorporating shade from landscaping elements can help reduce this solar heat gain. Shading and evapotranspiration (the process by which a plant actively moves and releases water vapor) from trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 6° F. Because cool air settles near…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on March 27, 2017 at 6:00am

Bring in the sun with daylighting

Daylighting is the use of windows and skylights to bring sunlight into your home.

Today's highly energy-efficient windows, as well as advances in lighting design, reduce the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours without causing heating or cooling problems.

The best way to incorporate daylighting in your home depends on your climate and home's design. The sizes and locations of windows should be based on the cardinal directions…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on March 20, 2017 at 6:38am


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