July 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Define 'green' please

Describing a building as ‘green’ makes a lot of people cringe. The word is overused. And what does it mean exactly?

Serious efforts are underway to move away from the hype and offer a more specific analysis of a building’s energy performance. Think nutritional labels for food, except in kilowatt-hours instead of calories.

In fact, more than 50 national, regional and local governments have created policies to rate and disclose the energy efficiency of commercial buildings,…

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Added by Elisa Wood on July 29, 2011 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

If These Walls Could Talk...

The winners of MEEA’s Inspiring Efficiency Awards are among the most innovative and dynamic players in the energy field.  Now that the application process is officially open for the 2012 Inspiring Efficiency Awards, we thought it might be fun to check back in with some of our award winners from last year to get an update on their projects.

 

Prairie Power, Inc. of Jacksonville, Ill., received…

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Added by Andrew Navolio on July 28, 2011 at 11:05am — No Comments

How Rising Gasoline Prices can Teach us to Conserve Energy at Home

So the price of gas is hovering near $4.00 a gallon again.  Have you noticed a change in your driving habits?  More people are choosing to stay home over driving long distances for vacation.  They’re also combining trips to multiple locations to get more things done all at once and if they forget to stop at one,…

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Added by Jon LaMonte on July 25, 2011 at 8:51pm — 1 Comment

Denver: From brown cloud to green light

Guest blog by Cara Miale

When it comes to the green energy race, it’s not over until it’s over. Just look at the city of Denver.

For years the Mile High City was notorious for its brown cloud, a dirty layer of pollution that not only marred the city’s pristine mountain image, but also caused serious health problems.

Now Denver is the fifth greenest city among 27 rated in…

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Added by Elisa Wood on July 22, 2011 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Waxing Nostalgic

The candle has been around the cave and the realm of weatherization and energy efficiency for some time now, but here’s an app which few have ever conceptualized.

 

In the early days of weatherization, before the thermagraph, even before the blower door, the trusty candle provided us several enlightening concepts. It would flicker when breezes brushed against its flame as a clear indicator of infiltration. Before the fancy schmancy digital manometers, a few old timers would…

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Added by Joseph Lamy on July 21, 2011 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

Energy Efficiency Climbs into the “Must Have” List for Homeowners

Slow and steady wins the race. And over the past few months, energy efficiency has quietly been grabbing the media coverage from it’s sexy cousins the Renewables, like solar, wind and geothermal.

Early this month I reported that green as in wallet (saving money) was hot.  Now the July issue of Realtor Magazine is reporting that saving money is …

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on July 16, 2011 at 3:44pm — 1 Comment

Greenitude, Chainsaws, and Everything Else



 This blog is cross-posted with Remodeling Magazine with the kind permission of the editor.

 

Let me recommend an excellent, well-written blog indeed.  Melissa Baldridge goes well beyond the nuts-and-bolts conversations in which we so often engage, and she presents ideas from a broader perspective.  At the point where remodeling meets building performance, the industry necessarily concerns…

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Added by Ed Voytovich on July 15, 2011 at 4:16pm — 3 Comments

Where to find jobs in energy efficiency

Here’s something you don’t hear people complain about much these days: worker shortages.  That is, unless you’re in energy efficiency, an industry that is booming as others are busting.

Sixty percent of those responding to a recent survey by the Association of Energy Services Professionals cited a lack of talented workers in energy efficiency.

“Energy efficiency is a rapidly growing segment of the overall energy industry and we…

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Added by Elisa Wood on July 14, 2011 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

ASHRAE 90.2 Developments

*This post was drafted by Isaac Elnecave and Michael Hairston of the MEEA Policy Team

 

At the recently concluded ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Montreal, significant changes occurred to the development of the ASHRAE 90.2 standard (ASHRAE 90.2 is the companion standard to ASHRAE 90.1 and applies primarily to residential dwellings). Prior to the…

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Added by Andrew Navolio on July 14, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Bumpy Road to Net Zero Energy

By Alan Meier



It’s easy to lose the longer perspective when we are involved in day-to-day efforts to save energy. That’s why I want to focus on a single home—Danny Parker’s house in Florida—to illustrate the bumpy road to zero energy use. The figure on the right shows 21 years of electricity use, along with many of the major events in Danny’s household. (Follow the green…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 11, 2011 at 3:30pm — 16 Comments

A no-granola case for energy efficiency

I attended a green energy conference nearly a decade ago in Washington, D.C., where several speakers expressed astonishment at the audience’s clothes. People were dressed in business attire. Where were the ponytails? The Birkenstocks?

The event marked a new age for green energy, the beginning of its migration from counter-culture to corporation.

Today green energy is, well, more like conglomeration. But still the industry carries remnants of its former self, the occasional…

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Added by Elisa Wood on July 8, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments

Codes, Ignition Barriers, Foam Products, Manufacturer's Installation Specs

In the housing retrofit and energy upgrade world, we use lots of foam products, don't we?  Did you know that some products may not be used in certain areas of houses? Codes and product manufacturers specify what can be used where, and when an ignition or thermal barrier must be used to cover the product in order to meet codes and protect occupants in the event of a fire.  Read all about our research at www.PureEnergyCoach.com and click on Quality… Continue

Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on July 7, 2011 at 11:14am — 5 Comments

Google quits smart meters. Anyone care?

Who doesn’t pat themselves on the back when Google puts money into their industry? Ah, the giant likes this market. I must be on the right track!

So what does it mean now that Google has announced it will retire its Google PowerMeter because it didn’t catch on? Are all those companies who are investing in smart grid on the wrong track?

Clearly not. Google had star quality…

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Added by Elisa Wood on July 1, 2011 at 11:22am — 9 Comments

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