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When is a fuel history confidential and why?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Meiland Mar 24. 5 Replies

I always try to get a 3+ year fuel history from clients prior to starting an energy assessment. If the client recently bought the property, the fuel dealer often cites confidentiality rules as to why…Continue

Too many Heat Pump Water Heaters in a basement?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Crista Oct 19, 2017. 12 Replies

I recently met with the owner of a local rural inn to discuss performing a comprehensive energy assessment for him. He has been looking at replacing his existing propane boiler and three 80 gal.…Continue

BDT with vermiculite in hollow CMU walls?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Green May 11, 2017. 20 Replies

We don't have many brick homes around here in central Vermont. I recently visited a one-story ranch home that was built with exterior walls of hollow core CMUs (concrete masonry units), a brick…Continue

 

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Brad Cook replied to Lucyna de Barbaro's discussion Very old boiler, converted to gas from coal
"If the boiler is not also heating domestic water, then do shut it down. Shut off the gas valve as well. It should also be set for a cold start, only firing up when there is a call for heat."
Aug 2
Brad Cook replied to Bob Reuther's discussion log home roof insulation
"This is like those BPI "Stump the Chump" problems where there is not enough information to answer the problem, so the person with the best guess wins. It is most helpful if posters noted the pertinent information. In this case, that would…"
Jun 14
Brad Cook replied to Bob Reuther's discussion log home roof insulation
"This is like those BPI "Stump the Chump" problems where there is not enough information to answer the problem, so the person with the best guess wins. It is most helpful if posters noted the pertinent information. In this case, that would…"
Jun 14
Brad Cook replied to Cameron Home Insulation's discussion Why is Air Sealing Important?
"To save energy. Air leaks allow your heated air to leak out, requiring energy to heat up the cold outside air replacing the leaked air. Up to about half of your fuel bill is to heat the outside air that is replacing the leaked air. If you don't…"
May 3
Brad Cook replied to Barry L NewDelman's discussion Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF)
"Whoa! EMFs are everywhere, but they are not all equal. The characteristics of EMFs varies very much by their frequency. Even on the most remote place on earth, there are EMFs. EVERYTHING gives off heat by Infrared radiation, a very narrow band just…"
Apr 25
Brad Cook replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"I have been using inexpensive digital temp./RH meters from Acurite for 8-10 years. I give them away when to energy clients and in the past few years I have been using dozens of their remote reading meters. I buy 6-10 at a time, put batteries in them…"
Apr 15
Brad Cook commented on Jerry Needham's blog post Spray foam on attic deck to stop mold
"molds needs oxygen, moisture, food and heat (above roughly 40 degF). The SPF will essentially remove O2. If the SPF was applied to the interior of the roof deck, the 2" would be a vapor barrier. If it was applied to the exterior, you could have…"
Apr 12
Brad Cook replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Infrared camera recommendations for general contractor use
"Contact theSnellGroup.com (Snell Infrared) in Montpelier, Vermont. They are the world renowned leaders in infrared thermography training and application. They have some white papers on their website that could help you choose. Even better would be…"
Mar 29
Brad Cook replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"If shades or blinds are drawn in the evening, that is the primary culprit, as David noted. Beyond that, I recommend testing. I have been using Acurite's Smarthub, now the Access, with several remote temp./RH sensors, which allows you to monitor…"
Mar 29
David Meiland replied to Brad Cook's discussion When is a fuel history confidential and why?
"The electric co-op I do assessments for gives me a three-year history even if ownership has recently changed, but I don't give that to the new owner. I've seen a few situations where the seller has told the buyer  something to the…"
Mar 24
Brad Cook replied to Brad Cook's discussion When is a fuel history confidential and why?
"Personally, I just don't see what is so personal about how much fuel your home uses, in particular when the home is being sold. When I buy something, I want to know how well it works."
Mar 22
John Carton replied to Brad Cook's discussion When is a fuel history confidential and why?
"I think it's just an easier policy for the fuel dealers to avoid providing previous home owners information. Some people are very protective of all of their personal information and might get upset if they found out their fuel dealer was…"
Mar 22
Brad Cook replied to Brad Cook's discussion When is a fuel history confidential and why?
"Yes, David. Where feasible, we do try to get permission from previous owner, but that is often not an option. I do see where it is a moot point on whether it is confidential or not. The company can use any excuse and there is nothing to compel them…"
Mar 22
David Butler replied to Brad Cook's discussion When is a fuel history confidential and why?
"I've been down this path before. Whether there's a legal basis or not, a dealer can refuse based on its own policies. Unless there's a law compelling disclosure. If the issue is truly 'not wanting to divulge fuel prices',…"
Mar 20
Brad Cook posted a discussion

When is a fuel history confidential and why?

I always try to get a 3+ year fuel history from clients prior to starting an energy assessment. If the client recently bought the property, the fuel dealer often cites confidentiality rules as to why they cannot provide usage history for a prior owner. I can understand not wanting to divulge fuel prices (especially in unregulated states such as here in Vermont, since the prices are often capricious).Can anyone provide a legal basis for a claim of confidentiality?See More
Mar 20
Brad Cook replied to Jim Conlon's discussion Insulation Blower Recommendations?
"Most rental machines will not put out the minimum required pressure for dense-packing. There are some local lumber yards in our area that do have such machines and they are maintained and seals replaced as needed to provide that minimum pressure."
Feb 23

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At 2:59pm on October 12, 2016, Diane Chojnowski said…

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