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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A Closer Look at Geothermal Heat Pumps

A Closer Look at Geothermal Heat Pumps

Jim Gunshinan

Henry Gifford is a man who designs mechanical systems for very energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable apartment buildings in New York City, along with his partner, architect Chris Benedict. In a recent article in Fine Homebuilding, Henry explained how geothermal heat pumps work in a way that I will always remember. I paraphrase: [continue reading]

New Episode of Wx TV!

New Episode of Wx TV!

Jim Gunshinan

The Montana Weatherization Training Center would like to inform you of this week's new episodes of WxTV, online and ready for viewing. [continue reading]

Cats and Dogs Forming Acronyms (and furthering green building in California)

Cats and Dogs Forming Acronyms (and furthering green building in California)

Jim Gunshinan

It started in Santa Clara County, then spread to Marin, and now its everywhere in California; builders, developers, city governments, and environmentalists, all getting along and creating green building standards together. It’s the new PC—Policy Collaboration. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), a business development group, got things started in Santa Clara County by meeting with city mayors to discuss a coordinated building policy to replace the patchwork that existed in 2007. ... [continue reading]

Catch the Latest Episode of WxTV!

Catch the Latest Episode of WxTV!

Jim Gunshinan

This week’s WxTV episode includes another On The Road segment. This time, WxTV heads to the Pacific Islands to check in with some of the WAP program's newest members. We'll see why saving energy is crucial even in a tropical paradise. [continue reading]

Woodstock for Energy Efficiency Mavens

Woodstock for Energy Efficiency Mavens

Jim Gunshinan

Notes from Asilomar—the 15th Summer Study of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy: Sunday Plenary [continue reading]

Will China Overwhelm Us With Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Will China Overwhelm Us With Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

Jim Gunshinan

Notes from Asilomar: Biannual Summer Study, Energy In Buildings, American Council for anEnergy Efficient Economy (August 15—20, 2010) Tuesday Plenary: Is the Climate Right for Efficiency in China? [continue reading]

Tune Into Wx TV—This week's focus is Boiler Basics

Tune Into Wx TV—This week's focus is Boiler Basics

Jim Gunshinan

WxTV is focusing once again on heating system servicing with our new 'Boiler Basics' series. This 3 part series will cover the information and techniques an HVAC technician should know for a routine home visit. [continue reading]

Berkeley Economist on Taking Economics Seriously In U.S. Energy Policy

Berkeley Economist on Taking Economics Seriously In U.S. Energy Policy

Jim Gunshinan

“We face a series of energy challenges,” said the speaker, economist Severin Borenstein of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. The occasion was the Monday night plenary talk at the biannual meeting of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on energy use in building, held in late August at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove. Borenstein is often called to speak to groups about the economics of ... [continue reading]

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