February 2012 Blog Posts (29)

EcoDog: Part Three: The Bottom Line on FIDO Energy Monitor

FIDO Says, "I will show you where to save energy."

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

I have been spreading the news about a home energy monitoring system called FIDO by EcoDog Energy Monitoring. This is part three of a three article series. You may be interested in backtracking a little and checking out part one, 13 strong points to …

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Added by Don Ames on February 10, 2012 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Green Plug District - Energy Conservation

Energy conversation should be a topic we all should be focused on not only to help live a greener life style but to help reduce our own energy use and promote cost savings.

I am interested in examples of how members have taken steps, that have been successful for them in regard to energy conservation…

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Added by Michael D'Orazio on February 10, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Measuring Air Flow

Check out these fantastic tips on measuring airflow! This covers measuring with a vane, pitot tube, TESP, temp rise method, hot wire anemometer and more. Complete with videos and diagrams, it's all here. 

http://www.trutechtools.com/MeasuringAirflowTipsandTechniques 

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Added by Bill Spohn on February 10, 2012 at 9:35am — No Comments

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

On Friday, The New York Times published an article titled "In Fuel Oil Country, Cold That Cuts to the Heart." The article, about the Hartford's, an elderly couple in Maine who can't afford to pay for the oil needed to heat their (rather leaky) home, is both heart-wrenching…

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Added by Macie Melendez on February 9, 2012 at 2:18pm — 4 Comments

Efficiency First?

That's the name of a non-profit in San Francisco, with which Matt Golden is very closely associated, if not a founder. If you favor putting efficiency first, then that organization probably deserves your membership.

I don't understand something. What is the downside of putting efficiency first in a competitive environment? Thanks in advance for clarifying!

Added by Lorna G. Fear on February 6, 2012 at 12:55pm — 1 Comment

Understanding Lead Gen Services for Home Performance Businesses

This is cross posted from the Energy Circle PRO Blog.

Everyone wants more and better leads, and a lot of people have been asking me recently about Lead Generation Services, particularly since I open sourced the Cost per Acquisition Model for Home Performance Businesses.

What is…

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Added by Peter Troast on February 4, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

5 Things You Want in a Shower Head, 3 Things You Do Not

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

When I am at a residence in the middle of a Home Energy Audit and it is time to clock the flow of water at the shower nozzle in the master bathroom, I always feel like I am getting a little too personal. Have the people found what is the best shower head or are they using a gully washer of an energy waster. Have these people ever asked themselves, What is…

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Added by Don Ames on February 4, 2012 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Fresh fallen leaves stuck on furnace filter

What does it mean if the furnace filter collects lots of lint just like what the dryer makes???...Perhaps the dryer is venting inside and the filter is askew and leaks in the return air or filter gap are pulling it into the furnace. Check 'em.

What does it mean if the filter has three-dozen oak leaves pressed onto it?? Today I found an unusually high bill and a handful of foliage fallen from the neighboring trees. In the attic I found a donut of leaves under the vent where the screen…

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Added by Joseph Lamy on February 3, 2012 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

Clean energy: How much hot air?

NewScientist’s January 28 issue is likely to unsettle clean energy advocates – but it is worth the read.

 

The cover article, “Power paradox: Clean might not be green forever,” posits that even renewable energy can warm the planet, and eventually change climate, if we continue to ratchet up power production to serve our ever increasing…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 3, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments

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