Ted Shoemaker

Ted Shoemaker is a writer and editor based in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Germany's Energy Certificate

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March 04, 2011

As energy prices rise, energy-efficient buildings are becoming ever more attractive. And Germany, spurred by a European Union directive, has taken a major step toward ensuring that its citizens know what they are getting, energy-wise, ... [continue reading]

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New and Notable: Pump Up The Heat: May/June 2012

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May 01, 2012

In Europe, a new heat pump clothes dryer is being successfully marketed, and it's shown to use up to 50% less electricity than the traditional dryer in North America. The traditional dryer draws in air, heats ... [continue reading]

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Efficient Cooking

Efficient Cooking

Ted Shoemaker

A recent study done by Germany’s Bonn University has determined the most energy efficient ways of cooking. The study, done by Professor Dr. Rainer Stamminger and his assistants, was commissioned by the HEA, a German organization that supports energy efficiency. The results were presented to the Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) 2011 international convention in Copenhagen, Denmark, and it was sponsored by the European Commission and the Danish Ministry of Climate ... [continue reading]

How Many Outlets is Too Many?

How Many Outlets is Too Many?

Ted Shoemaker

A German organization has issued a warning about multiple electrical socket outlets. Tests in July by the consumer agency Stiftung Warentest showed more than half of them to be deficient in safety or even a fire hazard. “It’s safer to have a secure, properly done installation, with an adequate number of wall plugs and circuits,” said Hartmut Zander of the Initiative ELEKTRO+, the organization of the electric industry that issued the ... [continue reading]

Solar Heat Sharing in Hamburg

Solar Heat Sharing in Hamburg

Ted Shoemaker

In a project that is alleged to be unique in Europe, residents of a Hamburg housing development can now collect solar heat with their rooftop panels during the summer, deposit it in a public storage unit and withdraw it in the winter for heating. The project, of the German power and gas company E.ON, has the partial support of the German government. Although solar power sharing is an advanced concept, the idea of doing ... [continue reading]

Electrical Installation Tips

Electrical Installation Tips

Ted Shoemaker

A German industry organization has practical tips on electrical installations for those who are building new or remodeling. A new brochure from Elektro+ points out that it is five times as expensive to install switches, outlets, and lighting fixtures after the fact than it is to install them initially. Hence, too many of them is better than too few. [continue reading]

Electrical Installation Tips for Senior Living

Electrical Installation Tips for Senior Living

Ted Shoemaker

Only a small percentage of older persons live in quarters that are really suited for them. That’s the view of Elektro+, a German association that seeks to market products of the electric industry. The company has some tips for seniors who are planning to build or remodel. [continue reading]

How German Households Use Electricity

How German Households Use Electricity

Ted Shoemaker

Fully a quarter of the electricity used in the average German household now goes for information, communication, and entertainment electronics. That's the principal finding of a survey commissioned by several German energy agencies. Fifteen years ago it was only 7%. [continue reading]

Inconspicuous Tankless Water Heaters

Inconspicuous Tankless Water Heaters

Ted Shoemaker

Hot water is second only to heating as the biggest energy consumer in the average household, and a German industry association claims that the use of tankless water heaters can produce some savings there. [continue reading]

Dimmable Lights

Dimmable Lights

Ted Shoemaker

People have different lighting needs at different times. They want brighter lights at the workplace, for example, than they do evenings in the living room. This is where the new energy-saving and LED light bulbs can play a role. The German industrial association Initiative ELEKTRO+ reports that these lights not only use up to 80% less energy, but also are more and more available in a variety of forms that make it easier to get lighting ... [continue reading]

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