February 2014 Blog Posts (14)

Drying Time Too Slow? A Dryer Exhaust Duct Power Ventilator May Help

By Trish Holder

I wash, dry, and fold approximately 10 loads of laundry per week.  It is a constant logistical challenge to allocate enough time for these sequential chores.

Imagine what would happen if it took twice as long to dry the clothes.  I’d be frantically drying my kids’ soccer uniforms with a hair dryer, while they paced about in that “My world is ending and it’s all your fault!” sort of way that teenagers are famous for.  What parent needs more…

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Added by Trish Holder on February 28, 2014 at 4:59pm — 1 Comment

The Great Water Heater Temperature Setting Debate

Much has been discussed over exactly what is an optimal water heater temperature level setting. Many sources, consisting of ENERGY STAR, offer the energy conserving elements of temperature levels of 120 degrees or lower. And yes, there are cost savings to be had, however realistically for those whose current setting is closer to the standard factory preset temperature of 140 degrees.…

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Added by Phil Luther on February 27, 2014 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

What Is the X-Factor In Hiring In Home Performance

An article published in the NY Times, titled, "How To Get A Job At Google" got me thinking about one of the most innovative companies in the 21st century. Google, the people who want to "organize the world's information", was named one of the best places to work in 2012 and 2013 not only because of the free food 24-7, but also because of their culture and the Googlers who work there. It is a place that many in the tech world aspire to work at one time or another. In…

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Added by David Byrnes on February 27, 2014 at 12:59am — No Comments

90% AFUE Wall Mount Furnace

I run an energy program in the mountains of Colorado. We have a lot of homes without existing duct work and older style wall-mounted furnaces. I've been looking for a decent upgrade choice for my clients - so far Rinnai seems to be the brand of choice for most heating contractors.  Problem is they have an AFUE of only .82 at the max, so don't qualify for high-efficiency furnace rebates through our program.  

I recently discovered the Energy Saver 90 Plus from Empire Heating, a…

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Added by Cameron Millard on February 26, 2014 at 10:54am — 6 Comments

Water Heater Maintenance in 10 Minutes

I just put together a new infographic on the best two maintenance tasks homeowners can do with their water heaters.  The best part is that they only take about ten minutes or so to perform!  By checking these two things at least once a year will help with getting the full life out of ones water heater, as well as making it as energy efficient as possible.

Enjoy!

10 Minute Water Heater Maintenance

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Added by Phil Luther on February 25, 2014 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Can you trust your Load Calc Software?

Attention Wrightsoft Users!

  Have you ever completed a load calculation and it just seems like it was short of what you had expected?  Particularly when you are first starting out with a tool, contractors can make mistakes. After all, we tend to learn "the hard way", right?  In an effort to make software work, the companies tend to start with some default values that require adjustment.  For instance, most have the duct system in…

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Added by Chris Morin on February 18, 2014 at 3:24pm — 7 Comments

Win a Free PMP Certification Course

Now through February 28, 2014, former Everblue students have the opportunity to win a free seat to our Project Management training. This course prepares students to earn Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification!

To participate, all you have to do is submit a video discussing your experience in your last Everblue course - it's as easy as that! Full contest instructions can be found here:…

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Added by Everblue Training on February 18, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

I wanted to share an infographic I put together on the importance of water heater safety and the maintenance tasks most homeowners should be able to do to monitor their water heaters. Enjoy!…

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Added by Phil Luther on February 17, 2014 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Help Rebuild Haiti and Get Profiled on Greenspiration Home!

Trish Holder

It’s been a chilly, uncharacteristically snowy winter here in North Carolina.  I have the luxury being able to sit in my warm “green” home and enjoy the beauty of these wintry transformations.

For my family and me, Mother Nature’s little surprises aren’t much more than…

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Added by Trish Holder on February 15, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments

A Valentine's Day Lesson

 Here is the offending thermostat. Check out the mercury switch under the dial! Thank goodness we don't make them the way we used to…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on February 14, 2014 at 5:23pm — 26 Comments

Connecticut HomeOwners Start Saving With These Programs From EnergizeCT.

EnergizeCt.com is the go to place for Connecticut residents, businesses, nonprofits, communities, government & municipalities for information about programs available in saving and reducing energy costs.

The Residential section has a whole page on simple smart ways to start saving on your energy costs with easy to…

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Added by David Popoff Ct on February 11, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Do you make this mistake on Maintenance?

     Cleaning the condenser coil.  This has always been the number one task that Service Technicians avoid at all costs when maintaining residential equipment.  Maybe it is the nature of the fast paced business when the weather gets hot?  Certainly could not be the lack of water to rinse the coil as there is almost always is a water spigot on either side of the home.  I cannot figure out why,  and this may be one of the largest aspects of seasonal maintenance that impacts the efficiency of…

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Added by Chris Morin on February 7, 2014 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

Solar and wind have a new best friend - Liquid Metal Batteries

As reliable energy sources, solar and wind once had a couple of similar problems – darkness all night and the proverbial calm before the storm, respectively. On the bright side, though, when these natural forces become our power sources, then the heat and the light are free -…
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Added by Joseph Lamy on February 3, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

4 Things a Quality Contractor Would Not Say

1. If you sign today, I will take $X thousand off!

This is a sales tactic often taken by a used car salesman. A Quality HVAC Contractor will price their installation with confidence, after finding a solution to fit the needs of the customer, and correctly sizing such equipment. I have no problem with "ballpark" numbers over the phone, as this can help sift through customers that are not interested in quality, so contractors do not waste time on what tends to be free…

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Added by Chris Morin on February 1, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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