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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Across the Green Home Spectrum

Across the Green Home Spectrum

Jim Gunshinan

Last week I was in Charleston, South Carolina for a meeting of the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). This week I stopped by West Coast Green taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. NASCSP is a group of state managers for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for low-income families. West Coast Green is an interactive conference focusing on innovation for the built environment. From crawlspaces ... [continue reading]

Wx TV: New Episode

Wx TV: New Episode

Jim Gunshinan

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

Leslie Gets Weatherized

Leslie Gets Weatherized

Jim Gunshinan

When Home Energy’s part-time Associate Editor Leslie Jackson got home from a trip to New Orleans, where she did research on the rebuilding since Hurricane Karina, she got a message on her phone. It was PG&E calling to tell her that since she had been accepted into their CARE program, for households whose income falls below a maximum requirement, they wanted to come out and weatherize her home. CARE is a ... [continue reading]

Democrats More Prone to Guilt

Democrats More Prone to Guilt

Jim Gunshinan

In general Democrats are more sensitive to the negative effect of their actions on others. That is one conclusion of a study done by Cornell University researchers, who shared their findings at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference (BECC) now taking place in Sacramento. Cornell Economist Benjamin Ho explained that an extensive human behavior study showed that Democrats are more likely to respond to television commercials and other media used to get a person ... [continue reading]

Through prediction or performance, how do we meet our energy challenges?

Through prediction or performance, how do we meet our energy challenges?

Jim Gunshinan

Henry Gifford, a mechanical systems designer and principal at Gifford Fuel Savings, Inc. in New York City, is suing the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for millions of dollars. Gifford, in the class action suit, claims that the USGBC has committed fraud in the selling of its Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) program, and has unfairly kept work away from people like him who are not involved in the program. (Photo of Henry ... [continue reading]

Say Goodbye to a Lightbulb We All Know and Love

Say Goodbye to a Lightbulb We All Know and Love

Jim Gunshinan

You know which light bulb I mean. It is the one you burned your hands on when trying to unscrew it too soon after it’s been turned off. It’s the one you put in the lamp in your living room to read by in your comfortable chair; the one you use to light the stairways at night. It’s the 100-watt incandescent that uses practically the same technology put together ... [continue reading]

New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

New Label for Things Made from Wind Energy

Jim Gunshinan

I am composing this blog post on a computer that was likely assembled in a factory that runs on electricity made from coal. The aluminum for the case and other parts of the computer probably came from a smelter powered by natural gas. The electricity powering the computer here in California could come from a combination of natural gas, from hydropower, wind power, or a solar thermal plant that uses the Sun’s energy ... [continue reading]

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