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…Continue
Added by Home Energy Saver on August 19, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Scientist Brett Singer is a vegetarian. So why has he been frying up hamburgers? Singer and his team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) indoor air researchers have found hazardous levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide in a surprisingly large portion of California home kitchens. What’s more, their studies have shown that…Continue
Added by Home Energy Saver on August 12, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
All of us have elderly relatives or friends, but have you ever considered their energy consumption patterns? On the surface, those patterns may look little different from your own, but in fact the aging population brings new needs across the whole spectrum of health, transportation, recreation, housing, and safety. And since the over-65 cohort is a growing fraction…Continue
Added by Home Energy Saver on August 5, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Duct leaks are a fairly common way to lose conditioned air and suck outdoor air into your home. I once worked on a new 4,000 square foot upscale suburban home that smelled like a sewer. The owners had been living in a downtown hotel for three months to avoid the smell.
My testing showed that the ducts that carry air from…Continue
Added by Home Energy Saver on July 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Okay, I have had a couple of programmable thermostats in the past, but once again about 11 months ago I was doing my weekly (sometimes daily) stroll through the neighborhood "big-box" home improvement store. And back in the back, past the garden section, there is this little end-of-the-aisle display with a video playing about this neatly packaged "Nest."
And, I am…Continue
Added by Home Energy Saver on July 22, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Occasionally events that happened years ago make news today. That is exactly what happened recently when DOE announced that heating and cooling dropped to less than half of home energy use.. in 2009. This news is not earthshaking—and our creaky data-gathering apparatus took four years to notice—but it signals both success and a need for introspection on the part of the home energy industry.
Here’s what the Energy Information…Continue
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We planned to replace 19 windows initially and ended up replacing 21 in total. 11 of which were single-hung 3-0x6-0 that we replaced…Continue
Added by Home Energy Saver on July 9, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
We all have stories about losing power in our home for several hours—or days—and many people suspect that power interruptions are becoming more frequent. They may be right; unfortunately, the utility data are so sketchy that nobody can say for certain. But declining investment in maintenance on the part of utilities, plus the…Continue
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His recent appearance…Continue
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Greener living starts at home! There are plenty of things you can do to save energy and water around the house and reduce your bills. One of these things is to install solar panels. Solar panels on your roof can generate electricity and can help you to heat water for use.
All homeowners are energy users. It is anticipated that if every household in America used only one incandescent light bulb, they would still be able to match the energy output of one whole nuclear power plant. Certainly, each family utilizes a lot more than just one lamp, so you could imagine the amount of energy that is…
Added by Home Energy Saver on June 3, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
MLSs (Multiple Listing Services) across the country are unveiling “green-field addenda” (GFAs) and searchable fields to highlight green features. Twenty-five percent of new-home sales are ENERGY STAR-certified, and utility programs across the country provide…Continue
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This time two weeks ago I was in Anaheim, California, at the National Association of Realtors’ Annual Conference, themed “Seize the Day“.…Continue
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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…Continue
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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.…Continue
Added by Home Energy Saver on April 19, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue