February 2016 Blog Posts (18)

Who among us tracks the accuracy of Manual J?

Who among us tracks the accuracy of Manual J?

I have hour meters on maybe 20 systems now.    I like to see the run time when it's "4" degrees in Kansas City.  99% rate in KC is +4' degrees.  My goal at 4' is 100% run time.   I have a super sealed home 2,100 square feet  with a 2 ton ground type heat pump R-30 walls, R-60 attic, R-8 windows & doors with 98% run time @ "+ 4' ".  When the strip heat turned on, it smelled up the home with the dirt  off the 5 KW strip, heat…


Added by Eric Kjelshus on February 27, 2016 at 11:06pm — 4 Comments

5 More Convenient Ways To Go Green In Your House

Coming to grips that the way you live is doing more harm to the environment than good is a fairly easy thing to recognize. Changing your lifestyle to accommodate that is a little bit different. It’s easy to do what’s more convenient and usually that means not changing anything. But if we care about the earth we live in and the generations that will come after us, going green is key in sustaining healthy lives!…


Added by Carlee Quintas on February 25, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Home Energy Efficiency, Meet Real Estate: A 2015 Year in Review and a Forecast for the Future

A lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate.

First, let us set the scene. Elevate Energy and others have long recognized a specific challenge: When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their home and property, these measures are often…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on February 25, 2016 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Truly Reality TV: Finding the Right Time and Place for Home Energy Performance

Originally published on Feb. 22, 2016 on RMI Outlet.

By Douglas Miller (Rocky Mountain Institute) & Laura Reiter (Cineflix)…


Added by Douglas Miller on February 22, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Pests and Pest Control

Pests are the curse of modern civilisation. From farmers to agriculture-based commercial enterprises, almost everybody has had to bear the brunt of it at some point while sowing or harvesting crop/plant produce. Root-gobbling rats, leaf-eating larvae, locusts, seed-eating birds, worms, fungi, cockroaches---the list is endless. Sometimes simple home remedies work, but in case of large-scale operations, traditional measures become largely ineffective. This is where organised concerns have to…


Added by Alfie Davis on February 17, 2016 at 9:27am — No Comments

Well-Built Dumb Home

Well-Built Dumb Home

  • One of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 17, 2016 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

Texas' Five-Star Butterfly and Hummingbird Retreat

[This blog is cross-posted from Home Energy Magazine.]

By Doug Garrett

When we built our new home 50 miles from Austin on 21+ acres we made the decision to have all of our indoor water come from harvested rainwater and to make our flower gardens bigger than they were at our first country…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 16, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What To Consider When Investing In Tier 1 Solar Panels

Homeowners in Tampa are keen on investing in solar power for a couple of years now. Thanks to the natural and abundant sunshine, the city's residents are leveraging it to cut back on power bills as well as to reduce their carbon footprint. With electricity bills skyrocketing, homeowners have now realized the importance of investing in solar power. If you are looking for solar solutions…


Added by Olivia Taylor on February 16, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments

Solar Panel Stories

If the grid goes down (power company) will I lose power? My Aunt is on a ventilator. It goes down she dies. Your answer will be appreciated. Please be precise in your response. 

This is a question for all in home patients. Who has the answer?

I understand the Solar Companies in Las Vegas were run out of town due to some laws that made a monopoly…


Added by John Kaye on February 16, 2016 at 6:02am — 1 Comment

Reducing Energy Cost for Kayak

Fishing kayak becomes popular and one of the most attractive outdoor sport nowadays. There are many kinds of kayak, a part of them using extra energy supply in addition to the human force. In this discussion, several methods to reduce the energy cost while fishing with kayaks.

First of all, finding the best kayak for fishing that has an appropriate features for your demands. Then, how to decrease energy consumption? The…


Added by Eric Johnson on February 14, 2016 at 11:54am — No Comments

Bonus room attic walls heat load

Hi Everyone...

First of all I am 59yr old retired Federal employee. I took HVAC in a trade school 30 years ago. While working a full time job, HVAC was basically side work for me. After a couple years of  residential installs and service work, I transferred into the building maintenance dept. HVAC was 75-80% of my job. We went to several onsite schools for a couple days here and there for the newest HCAV stuff. Keep in mind this is all commercial units we are working on in Federally…


Added by Anthony Adams on February 12, 2016 at 2:15pm — 4 Comments

Utility of a Hardwood Staircase

Everything needs a makeover after a certain time. Your home is one of them.  Sometimes, you overlook something when you give a makeover to your home. The things you might overlook can be important in delivering a finishing touch. When it’s time for a home makeover, we concentrate on painting and wallpapering the house, re-carpeting it or adding some storage space. But, changing the staircase can complete the renovation of your home.



Added by Alfie Davis on February 12, 2016 at 6:46am — 1 Comment

The Compliance Project

Many of us have been working for decades to push the energy codes toward higher performance. We've had some good success along the way, as state after state adopt more stringent codes. Unfortunately, in many regions we have a long, long way to go. Even in those places where the most stringent codes are in place, execution and enforcement are often weak. And, as for going…


Added by Chris Dorsi on February 11, 2016 at 3:14pm — 13 Comments

Preparing for Winter: Time for Your Central Heating Check Up

With winter just around the corner, make certain you are not left out in the cold – get your central heating system’s annual check-up now!

Whilst some issues may be obvious to you, others may require a specialist to identify and repair. This is especially important with complex heating systems. It’s also critical that you consider that working on gas appliances without having the correct qualification and certification is illegal; therefore the only option is to contact a…


Added by Duncan Cumming on February 10, 2016 at 4:42am — No Comments

Give Your False Assumptions a Knockout Punch

By Derek Lauber

We face seemingly unlimited obstacles when trying to manage and grow our businesses.

Some bigger than others. Some more persistent than others, but none the less our job is to navigate these obstacles.

Large or small, some of these obstacles can be more obvious than others, like…

You need a bigger location to continue to grow your company. Or your budget doesn’t allow for investing in staff with a needed skill set.

But what about the…


Added by Joe Crisara on February 9, 2016 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Top 5 Ways To Waterproof Your Crawl Space

Maintaining a dry crawl space is one of the most important steps a homeowner can take to help prevent costly repairs down the road. A wet crawl space can lead to mold growth, structural wood rot, musty smells, and even foundation failure. These types of problems can also be caused by excessive moisture in a crawl space. Standing water or even excessive moisture in a crawl space can be caused by a few different reasons. During heavy rains water can seep up into the crawl space from the dirt…


Added by Adam Swain on February 1, 2016 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta?

Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait...What?!?!?

Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it's one of the more difficult climates to design and build in. We get both extremes.

I'm not saying we know what cold is, like all y'all do up yonder in them…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 1, 2016 at 7:03am — 10 Comments

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