A fireplace can be a focal point to a room, but how often does the fireplace really get used? A fireplace can be very drafty and cause you to lose energy and money by taking your heated air up the chimney. A fireplace is designed to "draft", so that the smoke does not enter the room when you burn a fire. That draft is always there, even if the damper is closed. Most of the older fireplace do not have a sufficient or even a working damper to close. By covering the fireplace, as some…Continue
Added by Beverly Lerch on September 28, 2014 at 4:18pm — No Comments
As the UK’s premier energy comparison site, the team at Love Energy Savings is delighted to hear that more than 3 million domestic energy customers are set for refunds from their suppliers. With energy customers in the United Kingdom repeatedly finding themselves on the receiving end of m-s-selling, high prices and bad customer service from the Big Six energy suppliers; this development signifies a rare win for the consumer when it comes to…Continue
Added by Simon Craig on September 26, 2014 at 7:07am — No Comments
We now know that people learn effectively when they construct their own learning, rather than being told about it. The instructor moves off the stage and becomes the Guide on the Side.…Continue
Energy is a monumental subject, certainly not something that can be covered in a single blog. There are lots of resources and new information that comes out on a regular basis, so how do you keep up with it? A couple years ago I read a book…Continue
Added by Ryan Enright on September 25, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Home Energy magazine (HEM) has been publishing articles about residential energy efficiency for 30 years. Our articles, editorials, letters, and advertisements provide a kind of window into the evolution of energy conservation technologies, policies, and organizations. Initially, the focus was on audits and simple retrofits, such as weather-stripping and insulation. In those…Continue
I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, and building scientists: "We’re the warriors of sustainability...We already know everything we need to know to build sustainable buildings—the question is, Can we internalize it into our culture and incorporate that learning into our practices?"Continue
Added by Tom White on September 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) met in Raleigh, North Carolina, for its annual training conference. Here are some personal highlights:
Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 23, 2014 at 5:03pm — No Comments
Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still Effective
The name "mini-splits" generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant…Continue
It seems that we hear about new technology every day. New energy efficiency products. Many times I have been lead down the path, as I am sure all of you have, that leads to a disappointment.
I am writing this blog - my first one on Home Energy Pros - to inform all of you who really care, that I have been blessed to be able to work alongside someone who has invented a micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power) that is ground breaking. In short, it's a furnace that produces…Continue
Added by Peter Cantone on September 11, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments
Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her…Continue
Let the games begin! Please note that registration has opened for the upcoming 2015 Race to Zero Student Design…Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on September 5, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments
We're testing a newly-produced informational video, which our Michigan home inspectors share with their recent home-buying clients, to see how effective it is in driving demand for energy upgrades. Watch it at http://www.nachi.org/michigan-home-inspection-follow-up-survey.htm and share your thoughts.
Note to Homeowners: This article is primarily aimed at the Home Performance industry. I strive for radical transparency, so I put this in the public sphere for you to read as well.
Energy efficiency rebate programs from gas and electric utilities have become pretty common nationwide. They give rebates for replacing your furnace or adding insulation to your home. While these programs seem like a good idea, they can actually…Continue
The September/October 2014 issue of Home Energy marks the magazine’s 30th year in print. To celebrate that milestone, an industry-wide call for nominations found noteworthy professionals in home performance who were 30 years of age or younger. The feature article introduces the young people who the industry can count on to lead the home performance industry for the next 30 years.
Home Energy’s associate editor, Macie Melendez, compiled the nominations and…Continue
When is it ok to put your ducts into an attic, tight up against the Roof Deck? With more conventional building techniques, I would have to argue: NEVER! I do not care how the homeonwer pleads to keep their storage space, you cannot count on delivering cool air to the conditioned space with said branch duct. Even if you did figure out a way to secure the duct to the peak without crushing the inside diameter, the CFM is not the problem. The real issue becomes the dry bulb temperature of…Continue
RaterFest! kicks off this Friday, September 5, at Covenant Heights in Estes Park, CO. We still have a few spots left in the bunkhouse!
The registration cost of $375 includes meals from Friday dinner until Sunday lunch, zip-lining, Colorado craft beers, 10 fantastic sessions, and housing for Friday and Saturday night. We also have the option to choose a Saturday day pass.
And don't forget... RaterFest! is proud to be certified for 12 RESNET Rater Professional…Continue
Added by Hannah Finch on September 2, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
As I had brought up years ago, ACCA's Manual S was in dire need of an update. Written in 1995, Manual S Residential Equipment Selection was passed by with huge technical and efficiency strides within the…Continue
After the first week, the ductless heat pump and I became so close that could never even think of her as ugly. But some folks don't like the look.
In an analogy to current medical practice, the mini-split heat pump is fabulous but the side effects are minimal for some people. In those cases, we have a cure for the side effect, the LED sandwich light that mesmerizes the eyes softly and makes heat ugly pumps disappear right before your very eyes.…Continue
Added by Joseph Lamy on August 19, 2014 at 7:09pm — No Comments
If you have not been asked to complete a duct test by your local Massachusetts Inspector, it is just a matter of time before you are surprised by this stringent/updated code requirement. Despite some push-back from Contractors and Inspectors, all of MA is required to test new or altered duct systems. All of MA adopted the 2012 International Energy…Continue
Zero Energy Home Friends,
My daily PV output from a 6.56 kW PV system has averaged 22.7 kWh/day over the last two years.
irrday= cumulative kWh/m2/day plane of array
pvptmp= array temperature (F) taken on back on one of the modules
Added by Danny S. Parker on August 17, 2014 at 3:55am — No Comments