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'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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News & Announcements

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Feb 19
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How to get top performance from your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump

"So glad you highlighted the importance of air sealing & insulating the home form the bottom to the top!  In high heating climates insulating the foundation walls and sealing / insulating the duct work in the basement often delivers a 25%…"
Feb 15
Barbara Smith's video was featured

How to get top performance from your furnace, air conditioner or heat pump

Video produced as part of our Minnesota heating and cooling system study. Seventhwave
Feb 15
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Building a Green Veterans network

"Thanks Hannah!  I corrected the link. Please try again."
Feb 14

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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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Outdoor Reset

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Best Energy Myths

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Outdoor Reset

Can some of you weigh in on what you feel is the best wired outdoor reset and why?  I am currently…See More
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"thx Don! re: Capture Efficiency, the ROÇIS Kitchen Range Hood document addresses what hood…"
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Kitchen Ventilation

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The Foam Sealants Kit " Bead or Spray"

Now you can apply foam sealant as a " bead " or a " spray " with the Foam Sealants Kit. When using a 16lb Canister of Black Sealant you can easily go from us...
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Kitchen Ventilation

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Brennan Less replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Good Eating with Reduced Cooking Emissions in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"Cook outside, as much as you can, and close your doors/windows while you do it ;) "
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