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The EPA and MIT Conclude that we should Stop all Activity!

According to the U.S.E.P.A., 

  • Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil), solid waste, trees and wood products, and also as a result of certain chemical reactions (e.g., manufacture of cement). Carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere (or "sequestered") when it is absorbed by plants as part of the biological carbon cycle.
  • Methane is emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and…
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Added by Tom DelConte on December 12, 2013 at 8:32am — No Comments

Why Are There Hybrid Water Heater 'Studies,' Mommy?

The old MBA technique: make the man go fetch the data, huh? It would be unconscionable to install a piece of equipment in a customer's home that is known by everyone to not be durable: http://www.amazon.com/GE-GeoSpring-Hybrid-Heater-GEH50DNSRSA/produc...  One poor…

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Added by Tom DelConte on November 16, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Why the President's Climate Change Proposals Don't Matter!

1. Not many will listen to him, as 50% of the US population are right-wing  registered republicans(me too sorta, but a moderate!)

2. China can't be persuaded in any way shape or form to change their prodigious rate of economic growth & CO2 production. btw, we owe, we owe them! we are a debtor nation, to the enemy!

3. If you control coal-fired plants here, the coal interests will simply sell more U.S. coal to export!

4. We're past the global…

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Added by Tom DelConte on June 28, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Lykans $29, Vampires $0 !

Just wondered, does anyone know of a better looking intelligent managed power strip? Ethereal Star Wars Design Power Strip I've used this one for about a year and estimate it has saved about $29. Their calculations say it saves when fully loaded:…

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Added by Tom DelConte on May 20, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Robert Shiller Says Retrofits Are Never Worth It!

His economic truth about homeownership:

By contrast, real home prices should decline with time, except to the extent that households shell out some money and plow back some of their incomes into maintenance and improvements, because homes wear out and go out of style.

"Here is a harsh truth about homeownership: Over the long haul, it’s hard for homes to compete with the stock market in real…

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Added by Tom DelConte on May 3, 2013 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Cool down this summer with new Nest thermostat!

Nest 2.0 just added more features today. It may or may not be compatible with your utility's smart grid, however. It now does dual fuel!

Nest Labs announced the thermostat’s latest update today, which packs in several features that should make the sweltering summer heat more bearable. And as with all of Nest’s…

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Added by Tom DelConte on May 1, 2013 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

We Are About to Pass 400ppm CO2!

We Are About to Pass 400ppm CO2! The global warming tipping point was 385ppm, as set by James Hansen. The upshot of the CO2 escalation is that there is no longer any environmental point to pursuing energy efficiency. This fact has only been published in this blog, you will not see this noted anywhere…

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Added by Tom DelConte on April 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Review Of MyEnergy

MyEnergy.com

This site is supposed to be the next big thing. You give it your electric co. and water co. names and passwords. It delivers a free & pretty usage report to you. It promises you all these local friends that you will get together with at the local speakeasy to talk about home…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 27, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

15 ways to meet Obama's energy-saving challenge to the nation

1. Plug the Leaks!

2. Install a better thermostat.

3. Replace your lightbulbs.

4. Buy Energystar!

5. Reduce your hot water use.

6. Find 10 more ways on your own.

Remember what he said Tuesday night: Let's cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years, or else!

Added by Tom DelConte on February 14, 2013 at 1:21pm — 3 Comments

Revolutionary Heat Pump Design Good for 10,000 years, here in five!

Today, according to experts, most heat pumps only have a durability of 15-25 years, but researchers at the University of Stavanger in Norway (USN) and the University of Oslo believe that they have developed a new heat pump that…

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Added by Tom DelConte on February 14, 2013 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

We have blown way past the climate tipping point!

For some reason this is never reported in the popular media, anywhere: We have blown Way Past the climate tipping point! The proof of this follows:

The Climactic Tipping Point we passed it 5 years ago! More…

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Added by Tom DelConte on January 8, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Houston, We Have ANOTHER Problem !

From the great region of the country that gave us rock, blues, country, dubstep, and Tejano music origins, not to mention the space program, horns mounted on pickup trucks, and Gilley's (everywhere, now) comes the newest invention and innovation, the …

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Added by Tom DelConte on December 28, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Why Tankless, Hybrid Electric, and Solar Water Heaters Just Don't Work!

Tankless- expensive, high maintenance, high failure rates, high install costs, limited flow rates, poor winter performance, long payback.

Hybrid Electric- too tall, need surrounding space for heat exchange, poor durability, noisy, may need condensate pump.

Solar- requires southern exposure, cold & cloudy days: poor performance, very long payback, high install costs

What works?

The good old Storage Tank water heater- electric is OK, fast…

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Added by Tom DelConte on December 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — 35 Comments

The Most Awaited Thermal News of Summer 2012!

It's out! The news you were waiting for! It's not from the Feds, since they gave up on thermostats three years ago, finding them too difficult to test! Some independent agency did it, and it's still a mystery:

User friendly thermostats report

Venstar(top three) & Nest(top three?) are mentioned, but who are the others? Is Lux at the…

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Added by Tom DelConte on August 1, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Honeywell vs. Nest, the Saga Continues

Add: 7/2 finally, an unbiased review of Nest: http://o.canada.com/2012/06/26/nest-learning-thermostat-review/   (it doesn't work)

Thermostats: hysteria or hysteresis?

Despite all of the…

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Added by Tom DelConte on July 3, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Got the summertime smarmies?

Too Much Humidity

  • Your skin often feels clammy, sweaty or sticky.
  • Musty-smelling odors are invading your living space.
  • Wood floors, trim or wood furniture is warping or rotting, paint is peeling.
  • Condensation, frost or ice have formed on the inside surface of your windows. Water pipes are "sweating".
  • Damp spots, or worse, mold and mildew, have formed on ceilings or walls.
  • Your allergies or asthma have gotten worse due to the…
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Added by Tom DelConte on July 3, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Heat Wave Tips

 -Draw blinds, shades, drapes – Close window dressings to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day, especially on south and west-facing windows. 



· Adjust the thermostat – Adjusting your thermostat a few degrees can lead to big savings on your bill. The Grid recommends a setting of 78 degrees or higher. Remember to keep the air flowing freely by replacing air filters. 



· Use programmable thermostats – Use of programmable…

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Added by Tom DelConte on June 20, 2012 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Game of Homes!

Energy Battle is a new game that may be the solution to training a younger generation to save energy at home. It was developed by graduate students at Delft University of Technology.…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 30, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

When in doubt, Incentivize!

These are the latest ideas and bills in congress, which may or may not actually happen.

First up are new tax credits for homeowners investing in energy efficiency upgrades. The Cut Energy Bills at Home Act.

It's based on annual predicted energy cost savings from heating, cooling, hot water and “permanent lighting” in a primary residence. For a minimum credit of $2,000, homes would need to reduce energy costs by 20 percent. Incremental credits are…

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Added by Tom DelConte on March 14, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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Couple Builds Energy Efficient Passive Solar Home

In this video we meet Casey & Natasha, a conscious couple who built a passive solar home near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to orienting their house to face south, they installed overhangs that block the sun to keep it cool during summer…
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Couple Builds Energy Efficient Passive Solar Home - Green Building

In this video we meet Casey & Natasha, a conscious couple who built a passive solar home near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to orienting their house t...
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Using the PVwatts Tool for Easy Solar Assessments - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

August 22, 2018 from 12pm to 1:15pm
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