Jim Gunshinan

Jim Gunshinan is Home Energy's editor.

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2007 Energy Bill a Mixed Bag

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March 09, 2008

It would be easy to think that the 2007 Energy Bill, signed by President Bush at the end of last year, was all about automotive fuel economy. The legislation that requires fleet wide average fuel economy ... [continue reading]

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Don't Throw Out Those Rabbit Ear Antennas

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May 01, 2008

As of February 17, 2009, when all the major TV broadcasters will begin to transmit using a digital signal, no one with an analog, rabbit-eared television set will be able to get anything without a digital-to-analog converter ... [continue reading]

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Another Good Reason to Become a Vegetarian

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September 07, 2008

Our focus in Home Energy has always been on energy-efficient, healthy, affordable, and sustainable homes, but there are other areas of our lives that account for our total carbon footprint—how much carbon we ... [continue reading]

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The President Said Weatherization on TV

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July 01, 2009

I had the privilege of being in Washington, D.C., last February, participating in a conference of the National Association of State Community Service Providers (NASCSP). NASCSP is an organization of state level leaders of ... [continue reading]

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Energy-Wise House Flipper

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November 01, 2009

One man is offering middle-class home buyers a chance to purchase affordable, energy-efficient, and trendy homes - complete with granite countertops and other high-end amenities. [continue reading]

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Squeezing More Energy from the Sun

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July 01, 2010

Scientists are figuring out how to squeeze more electricity out of PV panels. PV panels take the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. The sun’s energy is abundant, but in ... [continue reading]

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Green the Orange

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March 04, 2011

Students at Syracuse University experience a Multifamily Performance Program up close and personal. [continue reading]

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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]

ACI National Home Performance Conference 2014 Highlights

ACI National Home Performance Conference 2014 Highlights

Jim Gunshinan

As usual, the ACI National Home Performance Conference contained too many highlights to mention in one blog post. So I will share just a few. [continue reading]

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 3

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 3

Jim Gunshinan

Here is the latest from the 10 Maple Lane Retrofit Project.   Met with Bill Stewart on Monday and signed an agreement for:   Wall insulation   Vapor barrier on crawlspace floor   Duct repair and some air sealing   I also asked them to move the filter to the return grill so that I don’t have to crawl around in the attic to change the filter every few months. And we may replace ... [continue reading]

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

Jim Gunshinan

Here are the final numbers for my Energy Upgrade California home retrofit.   Table 1. Air Leakage (CFM50)   Test-in air leakage      Test-out air leakage 1,850                         1,530   Table 2. Duct Leakage    Test-in duct leakage   *Test-out duct leakage 22%                             10%   *Note: The duct leakage ... [continue reading]

Some Highlights from the NASCSP Annual Training Conference, 2014

Some Highlights from the NASCSP Annual Training Conference, 2014

Jim Gunshinan

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) met in Raleigh, North Carolina, for its annual training conference. Here are some personal highlights:   • Raleigh, North Carolina, is a beautiful town but hard to take in from the 6th floor of my hotel room. All I saw were trees and a clump of tall buildings downtown. That’s why the city is called “City of Oaks”.   • At one ... [continue reading]

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