May 2017 Blog Posts (5)

Behavior and Usability: At the Interface of Human-Building Interaction

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In the 1970s, Princeton’s Twin Rivers Project found that the behavior of the occupant is a determining factor of the energy used in a home. Families living in identical units (floor plans, furnaces, and appliances) had widely varying energy use. In fact, when new occupants moved into previously occupied units, their energy use was…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 30, 2017 at 4:57am — No Comments

Tips for keeping your house cool this summer

When it comes to cooling your house, there are a number of options beyond air conditioning. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/chrisgramly.

When it comes to cooling your house, there are a number of options beyond air conditioning. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/chrisgramly.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 22, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Preventing Confusion in the Lighting Aisle Starts with Planning

A simple tally of the number and types of lightbulbs in your house can prepare you for a trip to the lighting aisle. | Photo courtesy of Allison Casey

A simple tally of the number and types of lightbulbs in your house can prepare you for a trip to the lighting aisle. | Photo courtesy of Allison Casey…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 15, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Passive Solar Home Design

This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water and a secondary radiant floor heating system. | Photo courtesy of Jim Schmid Photography.

This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 8, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Living Off The Sun, Or...No Electricity Bill

 

One year into having our rooftop solar panels installed here in Portland Oregon, we’re living off the sun. That’s to say, we producing slightly more electricity than we’re using. Yippee! (The wonks among us call this achieving net zero.)

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 1, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

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