How to Electrify a Home in Any Climate

Credit to Author: Joe Wachunas| Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 16:40:05 +0000

Every day we hear more about the idea of  “electrifying everything” as one of the clearest paths to eliminating our carbon emissions. Combine clean renewable power with efficient all electric appliances and you have a recipe for a carbon neutral, comfortable home. But what about those of us living in the northeast and midwest? Is […]

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Why High-Efficiency Cooling Is A Climate Priority

Credit to Author: RMI| Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 02:10:38 +0000

Originally published on By John Matson The world leaders of the Group of Seven, better known as G7, released a long communique following their recent meeting in Cornwall, detailing their plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic and “build back better.” In a departure from the previous G7 meeting in 2019, which ended with a briefer list of agreements, […]

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Passive Cooling in a Tiny House

Credit to Author: RMI| Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2021 16:36:53 +0000

Originally published on By John Matson As the world warms and the demand for cooling increases, many homes will require an “all of the above” approach to keep cool without further contributing to global warming. That can include high-performance cooling systems that use climate-friendly coolants and consume relatively little energy, as well as building design approaches that offset […]

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Why Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings Feature Prominently in Joe Biden’s Plans

Credit to Author: RMI| Date: Sat, 05 Jun 2021 02:31:15 +0000

Originally published on By John Matson The White House on May 17 announced a slate of new programs aimed at integrating US buildings into the clean energy economy. The initiatives include electrification programs for existing homes, workforce training for next-generation jobs in the buildings sector, and efforts to increase the adoption of efficient electric heat pumps […]

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Shining a Light on Home Energy Savings

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Tue, 25 May 2021 13:50:23 +0000

One of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) priorities is helping the American people save on their everyday energy costs — helping their pocketbooks while also doing right by the environment. In 2012, Congress created the first-ever federal standards for the efficiency of general service incandescent light bulbs, better known as the common household light bulb. […]

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Flir C5 Camera Review: Pros & Cons, Uses In Energy & Safety

Credit to Author: Scott Cooney| Date: Tue, 11 May 2021 17:05:41 +0000

Thermal imaging is useful for a number of things, and in my world, that means energy efficiency. You can use thermal imaging for things like spotting a leaky duct in an attic (spewing expensive conditioned air into an unconditioned space is a huge waste), and for finding where insulation can be helpful in attics, on […]

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Lithium-Ion Battery Care Guide — Part Two

Credit to Author: Barry A.F.| Date: Tue, 04 May 2021 17:35:02 +0000

Lithium-ion batteries are the most common battery in consumer electronics. They are used in everything from cell phones to power tools to electric cars and more. However, they have well defined characteristics that cause them to wear out, and understanding these characteristics can help you to double the life — or more — of your […]

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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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Upgrading A Water Heater: Heat Pump, Solar, Or On Demand? The Tech & The Pros & Cons Of Each

Credit to Author: Scott Cooney| Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 21:25:51 +0000

The water heater is one of the bigger users of energy in the home, making that old heater you’ve got a great candidate for an upgrade. The question is, upgrade to what? There are solar water heaters that can use zero energy, heat pumps that use a lot less energy than traditional water heaters, and […]

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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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