We just finished up a two-year investigation at LBNL on the energy use of video gaming. Energy expenditures amount to about $6 billion annually across the U.S. The very most energy-intensive systems…Continue
No, not bad language, just dirt. I've read that output can decline on the order of 15-20% with soiling. I suspect most homeowners don't think about it -- out of sight, out of mind. Perhaps…Continue
Some exciting changes are coming to Home Energy Pros.
Looking back, the fruits of seven years spent growing the network include a community of nearly 6,000 members who have collectively generated thousands of pages of crowd-sourced content and discussion (more on that here). Over 3 million non-members have viewed the…Continue
After a very productive 7 years of growing the Home Energy Pros network, our long-standing financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy for this activity has come to an end. We’ve garnered 5,500 members, who have collectively generated thousands of pages of crowd-sourced content and discussion (more on that here). Over 3 million non-members have viewed the information. Unfortunately, networks like this don't…Continue
Over the past five years, the Home Energy Pros social network has grown from a twinkle in our eyes to a vibrant community of 5000 doers and shakers in the home performance world. The membership represents a rich cross-section of participants in the home energy performance movement, including:
When Home Energy Pros turned one it was galloping.
We’re off to a wildly successful start, with almost 1800 members signing up since November 1, 2010 (and 9, or half of one percent-leaving). Folks…Continue
Picture a so-called “green” building in a floodplain. Now picture a storm-hardened home guzzling gas like there is no tomorrow.
For me, neither of these conjures up an image of true sustainability.
By virtue of being built unconsciously (or defiantly) in harm’s way, a building is not durable and thus not (in my book) sustainable. Similarly, a disaster-resilient building belching out greenhouse gases that any scientist worth their salt will tell you is contributing to present…Continue
Updated August 2017: Subfloor insulated with sprayfoam; all windows replaced with R-6 heat-mirror units, all screw-base lighting to LED, and clean-power purchases. Carbon footprint reduced by 60% through efficiency and another 15% through clean power purchases....…Continue