Jim Gunshinan

Jim Gunshinan is Home Energy's editor.

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What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic

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January 01, 2015

Ann Edminster, M.Arch, LEED AP, is a recognized international expert on green-home design and a principal developer of the LEED for Homes rating system. She travels widely and consults with builders, homeowners, developers, design ... [continue reading]

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Standard Retrofit Packages—What Works?

Standard Retrofit Packages—What Works?

Jim Gunshinan

If we want to make good, or great, home performance a reality for more people and families across North America, we must come to some agreement on standard retrofit packages that work. Not every house is the same, but we can agree on standards that can be widely, quickly, and efficiently applied to similar housing types. The home performance community has more than three decades of experience to bear on the question. Please add your ... [continue reading]

Which Communicating Thermostats Are Customers Likely to Use?

Which Communicating Thermostats Are Customers Likely to Use?

Jim Gunshinan

With the Google buyout of NEST thermostats, attention has turned from the “smart meter” to the thermostat as a focal point of residential energy efficiency. (Read this recent editorial by Alan Meier.) But several years ago Energy Star decided to no longer certify programmable thermostats, since several studies showed that people at home did not take advantage of the thermostat’s programming possibilities. One reason why people didn’t program ... [continue reading]

More Proof that Weatherization Works—To Increase Kid's Health

More Proof that Weatherization Works—To Increase Kid's Health

Jim Gunshinan

Weatherization is about more than just energy efficiency. It has always been about the health and comfort of the weatherized home’s occupants as well. For a long time these benefits of weatherization have been called “non-energy benefits.” But the health effects of weatherization have now taken pride of place alongside energy benefits. Now there is new research showing increased health and well being among families whose homes have been weatherized. A ... [continue reading]

The Passive House Revolution

The Passive House Revolution

Jim Gunshinan

An email came from Faith Morgan with a link to a documentary film called “Passive House Revolution,” produced by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It was a busy day, but I thought I could use a break from words, so I left the stack of unopened emails for a while and watched the film. I’m glad that I did. [continue reading]

ARRA Keeps Working for You

ARRA Keeps Working for You

Jim Gunshinan

Almost two years ago I posted a blog about the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA); ARRA, or the “Stimulus Bill”, has gotten pilloried in the media as a colossal failure and waste of taxpayer dollars. But if you would take the time to do a little research, you would see that most of the coverage has been far from the truth. [continue reading]

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal

Jim Gunshinan

Our furnace is approaching 25 years old and we have no cooling capabilities, so my wife Michele and I are looking into buying some new equipment before the temperature climbs this summer. I am especially interested in installing a mini-split heat pump, which would allow us to get rid of the ductwork and furnace in our unconditioned attic. But the initial expense may be a hindrance. [continue reading]

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

Jim Gunshinan

I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference, and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first. [continue reading]

Energy OutWest 2014

Energy OutWest 2014

Jim Gunshinan

I was at the Energy OutWest Conference several years ago, but a memory still stands out from that event. I was at lunch with a man who was a weatherization technician. He was bitter. The people we help don’t care about saving energy, as long as someone else is paying for it, he said. And he went on like that.   I’m at this year’s Energy OutWest in San ... [continue reading]

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