January 2016 Blog Posts (16)

Michigan Energy Auditor Certifications

Starting February 8, 2016, the Michigan Energy Code will adopt the 2015 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (2015 IECC) with "amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan." The state will be skipping the 2012 IECC, thereby increasing the energy efficiency requirements of its homes by 10-12%.

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What is the 2015 IECC?

State building codes exist to provide a standard set of guidelines for all builders,…

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Added by Everblue Training on January 28, 2016 at 12:58pm — 2 Comments

10 Easy Ways to Winter-Proof your Home!

     Winter brings with it a lot of excitement. Starting from enjoying the warmth of your room and wearing trendy winter wear to playing outside, enjoying the snow and drinking hot beverages etc, you have a lot to look forward to, in winter. However, some small mistakes on your part can ruin this enjoyment. Unclean chimneys or fireplaces, ill-maintained furnaces etc.…

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Added by SmithWatson on January 23, 2016 at 1:33am — 1 Comment

Why Fibre Reinforced Plastic or FRP Fans are more popular?

The axial fans are commonly used for offering the required airflow for heat and mass transfer activities in a wide range of industrial processes and equipment's. These include the cooling towers for air conditioning and ventilation, air heat exchangers for numerous chemical procedures, humidifiers in various textile mills and ventilation and exhaust jobs for mining industry to name a few.  All the major domains or industries that contribute a lot in national economy like oil & petroleum…

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Added by karren shaw on January 21, 2016 at 6:11am — No Comments

Axial flow fans – An Overview

A fan is a mechanical device, which produces a stream or flow of air/gas. The fans are used both at residential and commercial spaces serving different purposes. These are often used to move air or gases via ventilating systems. In industries, these are used to force air inside the hot steam boilers and help to reduce the temperature of machines and other equipments. Fans function similar to the compressors, which is relatively at low pressures. These are basically divided as axial and…

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Added by miguel pace on January 20, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Using Stone and Wax for a Perfect Residential Building Enclosure

A Perfect Residential Building Enclosure

Buildings fail. It's a harsh reality, but they do, and for many different reasons. Two pretty common ways are by falling down, and by making the people in them sick. There is a long list of other reasons, but this post is focused on these two.

I am going to…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 19, 2016 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

What cost more energy: Hair dryer or Flat Iron Hair?

Sometimes you wonder that your home electrical bill is costly. Have you ever asked yourself that how much your home appliances such as: the hair dryer, the flat iron hair and so on… consume energy? And what is more expensive, a hair blowing dryer or a flat iron hair?

The answer is the hair dryer, the fact is that one unit of hair dryer is about thirty times costly compared with a hair…

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Added by Eric Johnson on January 17, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments

The features and benefits of Axial Flow Fans

An Axial fan is basically a kind of compressor that can enhance the air pressure flowing through it. The range of axial flow fans is very wide and it may vary from a low or medium pressure fans to high pressure fans. These fans are used for cooling purposes, by the gardening centres, agriculture and for comfort air engineering work. In axial flow fans the blades force the air in the parallel route to the shaft. It is in direction in which the blades actually rotate.

The design of…

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Added by miguel pace on January 12, 2016 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment

High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment

In graduate school, I chose to focus on the work of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, during a study abroad trip. One of the buildings that stood out, was his Experimental…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 11, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Pvcompare: Democrat Marketplace of Solar PV Panels

Innovate the energy sector is now possible? In a world where digital technologies are revolutionizing all major consumer experiences, it remains questionable whether there is room for innovation in the energy sector. In this context, renewable energy sources are undoubtedly candidates to be the center of innovation.


We at Home Energy Pros we met Davide Zanatta, CEO PVcompare, to…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on January 11, 2016 at 1:20am — No Comments

The Discreet Charm of Attics and Crawl Spaces

You would be professionally remiss if you did not read “Attics and Crawl Spaces” in this issue. The article by Terry Nordbye is a valuable reminder that home performance problems too often begin in the places that we least want to work on or inspect. Mold, dry rot, and despicable smells emanating…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 7, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Dust Collector Energy Cost

From the view of energy consumption, a dust collector is considered as high energy used. A variety of factors that affects to the electrical consumption of the dust collector system such as: the power of motors, the board timers… The largest part which consumed most energy is electrical load integrated with the fan or blower for air moving.

There are several tips that…

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Added by Eric Johnson on January 6, 2016 at 8:35am — No Comments

The Art of Delegation

How can you create a successful energy audit business that brings you more freedom, time and increases your well being?  It may be surprising to you that success comes less from becoming an expert energy auditor than it does becoming a master of delegation.  By mastering the art of delegation you can have more freedom in your time and escape the rat race of trading time for dollars.  However, delegation is not as easy as it sounds.  The right way to do it actually…

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Added by David Byrnes on January 6, 2016 at 1:45am — No Comments

The Art of Delegation

How can you create a successful energy audit business that brings you more freedom, time and increases your well being?  It may be surprising to you that success comes less from becoming an expert energy auditor than it does becoming a master of delegation.  By mastering the art of delegation you can have more freedom in your time and escape the rat race of trading time for dollars.  However, delegation is not as easy as it sounds.  The right way to do it actually…

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Added by David Byrnes on January 6, 2016 at 1:42am — No Comments

Types of Fans Impact Cooling Solution offered

Axial flow fans- Impact axial flow fans have an aerodynamic profile with high blade twist angles and large chord widths that give the world’s best efficiencies. Energy efficiency improvements of 20-40% over earlier fans are not uncommon. Blade twist angles up to 44 degrees ensure airflow is uniform hence preventing turbulence. Impact fans are hollow and lightweight which reduces the moment of inertia. Being seamless and UV protected, Impact fans are extremely durable- even…

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Added by miguel pace on January 5, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

Home Performance Market Innovations and Solutions for 2016

How can data and partnerships grow both the market and the home performance businesses that will meet that demand? These were some of the top industry issues

Home Performance Coalition's Nate Natale,…

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Added by Tom White on January 4, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

2015 Year in Review: Sharing a Look Back at the Past 12 Months

It’s a shiny new year, packed with all sorts of possibilities! Post-holiday our jobsites are bustling, as the Addison team gets back to work building healthy, high-performance new homes throughout Upstate South Carolina. We’ve so much to anticipate in 2016 … but first, a…

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Added by Michelle Usher on January 4, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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