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Are LED bulbs ready for homes?

If you haven't been paying attention, LED's for the home are dropping in price like crazy. 

I first put up a post on the best LED A19 bulb for 60-W and 40-W replacements with pricing pulled from Amazon.

But then Cree came out with their bulb and totally blew the field…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on March 24, 2013 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Home Energy Consumption for your region and your rates

Below is a post I published on calculating a home energy use by region using a tool my utility (Georgia Power) provided (made by Apogee).  It's a nice tool to show homeowners if their utility provides something similar.  It could help you validate how improvements to the home can help save energy.

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Added by Chris Kaiser on September 3, 2012 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Lead Generation Services for Home Energy Professionals?

Home Energy Pros,


Has anyone used a lead generation service that they have had success with? 

What are your general thoughts about lead generation?

At Mapawatt.com, we think that linking educated consumers with home energy pros is a much needed service.  Of course there is Angie's list, but that is a paid service and I dont think it's that strong in Home Energy services.

Added by Chris Kaiser on September 1, 2012 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

Best Ways to Save Energy

This post on the Best Ways to Save Energy was originally seen on Mapawatt.  The goal is to provide homeowners a reference page that will help guide them to things they can do and incentives they can earn for saving energy.

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What are the best ways to save energy?  It’s a topic that we’ve been wondering a lot about.  The best ways to save energy for someone in Alaska are probably going to…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on August 25, 2012 at 12:03pm — 6 Comments

Philips L Prize LED bulb not worth it

The following blog appeared on Mapawatt for the Philips L prize LED bulb cost.   What are your thoughts on the price of this bulb?  Would you recommend it to your customers when there are lower cost LEDs available?

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In March 2012 I read an article on…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on April 5, 2012 at 10:27pm — 1 Comment

Utility Green Button

Below is the post that originally was put up on Mapawatt on the Utility Green Button.  As the Green Button is adopted by more and more utilities, I believe Home Energy Pros should make sure to inform every customer of its existence and how it can help homeowners better manage utility bills.

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The idea for the utility Green Button was first put forth by U.S. CTO Aneesh…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on March 25, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Why free energy perpetual motion devices don't work

The following appeared on my blog Mapawatt and is in response to the "free energy plans" that have infiltrated Google and Facebook advertisements. I'm afraid a large number of people get suckered into buying these and are left with junk.

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It still amazes me that with all our posts dedicated to trying to help homeowners save energy, our most popular posts are on free energy scams (mainly…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on November 25, 2011 at 5:49pm — 2 Comments

Why the incandescent deserves its death

First off, there is no law actually calling for the death of the incandescent.  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 actually states…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on May 25, 2011 at 10:07am — 14 Comments

Beware of Power Factor Correction products!

This post was originally posted here.

 

 

Product developers know that as energy costs rise, consumer's budgets get tightened, and people start to care more about their environment (the trifecta of sustainable drivers), those consumers are going to want products that help them save energy.  But do all these products live up to their…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on April 12, 2011 at 4:21pm — 3 Comments

Putting Mercury in CFLs in Perspective

This is an updated version of the post that originally appeared here.



I'm a fan of CFLs, but I can understand how the small amount of mercury in them can worry some. If you're worried about the tiny bit of mercury in CFLs, I can't tell you one way or another how to decide for your home, all I can do is give you the facts that are available, and let you make your own decision.… Continue

Added by Chris Kaiser on April 4, 2011 at 9:55pm — 7 Comments

Residential Solar PV vs Residential Wind Turbine



This post originally appeared on Mapawatt Blog and is a great comparison of residential solar vs. wind

 

If you're a homeowner interested in creating your own clean energy, chances are you are considering installing a solar pv array or a wind turbine.  Which is…

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Added by Chris Kaiser on March 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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