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Case Study: Historic Home Gets a Remodel

If you’re a homeowner, whom do you call when you find mold in a closet and on the ceiling of a bathroom? How about when paint starts peeling on your dining room wall? Whom do you call when there’s standing water in your crawl space? Whom do you think to contact when it’s getting harder and more expensive to keep the house warm in the…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 19, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Savings Project: Lower Water Heating Temperature

Project Level: Easy
Energy Savings: 4%-22%…
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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 12, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Fans for cooling

Ceiling fans circulate air in a room to help keep occupants cool. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Ceiling fans circulate air in a room to help keep occupants cool. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 5, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

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.)

What's the…

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

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…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 24, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 17, 2017 at 7:03am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 10, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 2, 2017 at 10:02am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 27, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 20, 2017 at 6:38am — No Comments

Tankless water heaters

Diagram of a tankless water heater.

Diagram of a tankless water heater.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 13, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Landscaping for Energy-Efficient Homes

This map shows the four broadest categories of climate zones for the lower 49 United States. Understanding your climate zone can help you determine the best energy-saving landscaping strategies for your home.

This map shows the four broadest categories of climate zones for the lower 49 United States. Understanding your climate zone can help you determine the best energy-saving landscaping strategies for your…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 6, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Energy Savings Project: Insulating Your Water Heater Tank

Just like insulating your walls or roof, insulating your hot water tank is an easy and inexpensive way to improve energy efficiency and save you money…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 27, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Home Energy Audits

A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you understand the whole picture of your home's energy use. An audit can help you determine how much energy your home uses, where your home is…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 20, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Saving Energy in the Kitchen

ENERGY STAR<sup>&reg;</sup> Refrigerators Are Cool! ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerators use 15% less energy than non-qualified models. Models with top-mounted freezers use 10%-25% less energy than side-by-side or bottom-mount units.
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Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 13, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Buy lumens - not watts

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When you're shopping for lightbulbs, compare lumens to be sure you're getting the amount of light, or level of brightness, you want. The Lighting Facts Label will help. This new label will make it easy to compare bulb brightness, color, life, and estimated operating cost for the year.

BUY LUMENS, NOT WATTS…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 6, 2017 at 5:41am — No Comments

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