Barbara Smith
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Installing Smoke Detectors with Long Life Batteries

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Feb 2. 1 Reply

Weatherization or energy efficiency programs that visit a lot of homes often install/replace many smoke detectors to increase safety, and/or to bring homes into conformance with state law. This is a…Continue

Tags: Program, Design, Weatherization, Detector, Smoke

Lower Use of Portable Electric Space Heaters

Started Nov 23, 2016 0 Replies

Excessive use of portable electric space heaters causes high electric bills. So we would like to lower or eliminate use of portable electric space heaters where possible.This was a leading…Continue

Eliminating Standing Pilot Light Furnaces

Started this discussion. Last reply by Allan Bullis Dec 12, 2016. 18 Replies

If one had a large-scale home retrofit program with the goal of saving energy, what would be the pros and cons of a policy to replace all standing pilot light furnaces?  Health and safety…Continue

ENERGY STAR updates for Weatherization

Started Jan 18, 2011 0 Replies

Attached is a presentation developed for Wisconsin Weatherization agencies about the recent and expected updates to ENERGY STAR for appliances and equipment we use in our Low Income Weatherization…Continue

Tags: Wisconsin, ENERGY STAR, weatherization

 

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Barbara Smith commented on Barbara Smith's video
Aug 23
Barbara Smith posted a video

Rural Energy Burden

Energy burden, or the percent of income spent on energy bills, affects rural households disproportionately. Energy efficiency can help.
Aug 23
Barbara Smith replied to Jerry Needham's discussion HVAC Question about running fan continuously Vs. setting on Auto so it runs when AC or Furnace runs
"Eliminating continuous furnace fan operation is #3 on list of top ways to cut energy use, in this recent study in Minnesota. So tell homeowners not to run furnace fan all the time unless there's a special reason.…"
Aug 20
Barbara Smith replied to Jerry Needham's discussion HVAC Question about running fan continuously Vs. setting on Auto so it runs when AC or Furnace runs
"Many of our Wisconsin residents do not yet have the ECM (electrically commutated motors) though others do. It appears ECMs will become more standard soon. This is background for those answering your…"
Aug 20
Barbara Smith joined Building Performance Institute's group
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Building Performance Institute (BPI)

BPI is the nation's premier standards development, quality assurance and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work.See More
Aug 6
Barbara Smith's video was featured

WEBINAR: How to Talk about Home Energy Upgrades

Reuven Sussman, ACEEE Behavior Program manager, discusses his new report, which uses a behavioral science approach to answer the question, How can home energ...
Apr 26
Barbara Smith replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"Windows are a long term investment and do not expect energy savings alone to justify replacing them.  In most homes, your limited dollars for investing in energy saving measures would not go to windows unless you had addressed other…"
Apr 12
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Measuring airflow for residential forced-air systems for HVAC professionals

"Thanks for sharing such informative video. HVAC system in home plays a very vital role in making one live a luxurious life. So it is really very important to keep the proper maintenance of the system. There many ways to keep the proper maintenance…"
Apr 7
Barbara Smith liked Diane Chojnowski's video
Mar 22
Barbara Smith commented on Efficiency First California's blog post Get Fire Out Of Our Buildings
"Another challenge here is commercial buildings. Will restaurants give up their conventional stoves with open flames and wood-fired pizza ovens? Maybe not soon. You might have electric heat in your home, but if your apartment is above a restaurant,…"
Mar 1
Barbara Smith commented on Efficiency First California's blog post Get Fire Out Of Our Buildings
"Useful ruminations. California is a good place to start. Heating with electric in a cold climate is challenging. It is predicated on first investing in better air sealing and insulation in homes. There are insufficient programs and systems…"
Mar 1
Barbara Smith commented on Home Performance Coalition's blog post Featuring HVAC Strategies & IAQ / Healthy Homes Tracks at the National Home Performance Conference!
""Can You Trust the Data from a $200 IAQ Monitor?" is one of the intriguing session titles in this track.  Another interesting one:  "Health & Safety Investments to Increase Energy-Saving Opportunities""
Mar 1
Barbara Smith commented on Barbara Smith's video
Feb 19
Barbara Smith replied to Jignesh's discussion Efficiency of furnace
"Installation and proper sizing is important to getting the best performance out of your furnace. If the furnace is rated to be a certain efficiency, it can only achieve that ideal if it sized correctly, etc. Even a condensing…"
Feb 19
Barbara Smith replied to Jignesh's discussion Best brands for furnace
"Check ENERGY STAR and Consumer Reports. https://www.energystar.gov/products/heating_cooling/furnaces If you have a dry basement, your furnace can last well beyond 10 years and perform well too. Quality installation is important. Check if your local…"
Feb 19
Barbara Smith replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion Support Mike Rogers, a long-time home performance hero, as he battles sinus cancer. in the group News & Announcements
Feb 19

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Wisconsin Division of Energy, Housing & Community Services
Role in Home Performance Marketplace
Government: local
Professional Interests
Weatherization
Energy efficient appliances
Lighting
Website URL
http://www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov

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Sean Lintow Sr replied to David Meiland's discussion Air gap above floor insulation--how big is the impact?
"Yes & no - newer codes added in "Exception: As an alternative, the floor framing-cavity…"
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Dan Phillips replied to tedkidd's discussion It is time for government programs to end. They become monopolies that block market solutions.
"Not all states used deemed savings or modeled savings.  Don't throw the baby out with the…"
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Dan Phillips replied to David Meiland's discussion Air gap above floor insulation--how big is the impact?
"I wonder if you could do an experiment.  Leave a section of the floor insulation as is. …"
17 hours ago
Dennis Heidner replied to Tim Kendzia's discussion Cooling effect from solar panels
"I had missed your query originally made a couple of years ago.   Yes it does make a…"
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Dannie Jackson replied to Tom Smith's discussion Are Energy Efficient Windows worth the investment?
"If you look at the R factor of the window and compare it to old school single pain glass windows…"
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Dannie Jackson replied to tedkidd's discussion It is time for government programs to end. They become monopolies that block market solutions.
"Something that bothers me which is very similar to the concerns about agencies and programs…"
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Dannie Jackson replied to Tim Kendzia's discussion Cooling effect from solar panels
"I would assume two things about this idea, first of all you would definitely shade the roof and…"
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Charles Buell replied to David Meiland's discussion Air gap above floor insulation--how big is the impact?
"You want to install enough insulation that the room temp line is within the insulation---not…"
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