Whole House Fans: Do They Work? Are They Safe? Do They Save Money?

Credit to Author: Scott Cooney| Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:35:33 +0000

Summer reminds us every year that our homes can get hot and uncomfortable. Air conditioning is expensive to buy and expensive to operate, using a ton of electricity. HVAC is typically the biggest user of energy in the average home. AC is also unhealthy. Just think of all those dust particles, allergens, VOCs, chemicals, and […]

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All Hail The Mighty Heat Pump, Hero Of The American Jobs Plan

Credit to Author: Tina Casey| Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2021 15:26:36 +0000

The American Jobs Act showers the heat pump with climate action love, as part of push for building electrification.

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10 Principles That Can Transform Infrastructure Investment

Credit to Author: Carolyn Fortuna| Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:05:28 +0000

Isn’t it time to design infrastructure that is more resource efficient, pollutes less, is more resilient and cost effective, and has fewer risks than business-as-usual?

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Building Industry Framework Will Tackle Consumer Demands To “Go Green!”

Credit to Author: Carolyn Fortuna| Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 16:27:17 +0000

How can the building industry meet energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals? According to a survey of home buyers by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), energy efficiency tops the list of consumer preferences. In summer 2020, 3,000 home buyers, both recent and prospective, described the types of features they want to have […]

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In Virtual Tour, Department of Energy Recognizes Iron Mountain Data Centers for Energy Efficiency Leadership through Better Buildings Challenge

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 03:00:30 +0000

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Iron Mountain Data Centers for its commitment to energy efficiency through DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge. Since joining the program in 2016, Iron Mountain met its first energy-savings goal of 20% and has now set a new goal of improving data center power usage efficiency (PUE) by 30% over a […]

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Improving The Efficiency Of Your Home, Series 2, Heating, Cooling, (Hot) Water – Part Nine

Credit to Author: Barry A.F.| Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2021 17:43:38 +0000

One of the ways to slow the advance of climate change is to reduce your personal carbon usage. While we can’t efficiency our way to climate neutrality, we can buy ourselves time by slowing the rate of carbon emissions and conservation, as Negawatts are often the cheapest form of clean energy available (and the least […]

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The US CLEAN Future Act — What’s In It?

Credit to Author: World Resources Institute| Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2021 03:40:12 +0000

Originally published on WRI’s Resource Institute Blog. By  Dan Lashof, Devashree Saha, Karl Hausker, Greg Carlock, Kevin Kennedy, and Tyler Clevenger  U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, together with subcommittee chairs Bobby Rush and Paul Tonko, introduced the CLEAN Future Act on March 2, 2021. While numerous climate bills are introduced in each Congress, this proposal […]

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Even In Frigid Temperatures In Alaska, Air-Source Heat Pumps Keep Homes Warm

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 01:13:59 +0000

By Molly Rettig When the north wind blows into Dillingham in the middle of winter, it can plunge well past 15 degrees below zero F on the remote strip of Alaska’s southern coast. On these days, the oil heaters in many of the homes have to run pretty much nonstop to keep people warm. As […]

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Much More Rooftop Solar From An Alternative To Monopoly Utility Models

Credit to Author: John Farrell| Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 18:35:16 +0000

Originally published on ILSR.org Since rooftop solar became possible, electric utilities have struggled to incorporate it into their outdated business model. In recent years, this lag in utility recognition has become increasingly problematic, risking the health, environmental, and financial impacts of over-investment in large fossil fuel power plants. In over 30 states, monopoly utilities submit […]

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Improving The Efficiency Of Your Home: Series 2, Heating, Cooling, (Hot) Water – Part Eight

Credit to Author: Barry A.F.| Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 17:03:33 +0000

One of the ways to slow the advance of climate change is to reduce your personal carbon usage. While we can’t efficiency our way to climate neutrality, we can buy ourselves time by slowing the rate of carbon emissions and conservation, as Negawatts are often the cheapest form of clean energy available (and the least […]

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