April 2013 Blog Posts (7)

Why Don't Architects and Interior Designers Care About HVAC Systems?

GUILTY! Once upon a time, I would have scoffed at mechanical engineers and contractors if they'd ask me, as the design architect, for a bigger room to put the HVAC (heating and air conditioning) equipment in.

"Are you crazy? And give up valuable storage…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 29, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Get the Most out of Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits in Illinois

As part of the “fiscal cliff” legislation signed into law early this year, Congress provided a number of…
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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 22, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013

Each year, in select categories, the Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR. The goal of this effort is to drive more energy efficient products into the market more quickly, priming the pipeline for even greater greenhouse gas emission reductions.…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 19, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Energy Benchmarking - A $9 Billion Saving Plan

Energy benchmarking can unlock $9 billion in energy savings by 2020, suggests a recent report by the Institute of Market Transformation. Despite our lofty aspirations of energy independence and tackling global climate change, we are only beginning to implement the first step in the multifamily…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 16, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Pellet Stoves 101

A pellet stove derives its name from its fuel – small pellets (each measuring roughly 1/4” in diameter and 3/4” in length) of biomass product made from renewable substances. Pellet stoves create heat by burning a constant flame with little need for manual adjustment thanks to the slow feeding of fuel from the hopper (the stove's small storage container) to the burn-pot area.…

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Added by Sammy Jo Brach on April 11, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What the Green Building Industry Can Learn From Motorola

Whether driven by a genuine desire to reduce their environmental footprint, or simply to insulate themselves against rising costs, energy efficiency is becoming a significant organizational goal for many companies around the country. In order to achieve these goals, businesses are looking for direction on how they can have their buildings’ designed and/or…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 9, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Google Earth of IR Images

By now you may have heard about drive-by energy audits. But have you heard of drive-by energy audits performed on entire cities at the same time? Say hello to the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company, Essess. Essess (pronounced like “recess” without the “r”) has recently entered the home performance scene, and they’re making a…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 1, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

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