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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Help Us Over the Hump

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October 31, 2014

This may blow up A carefully constructed image I’ve created of myself as a committed energy geek, but the truth is that when my wife, Michele, and I signed on to the Energy ... [continue reading]

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I Want My Wx TV!

I Want My Wx TV!

Jim Gunshinan

The Montana Weatherization Training Center would like to inform you of this week's episode of WxTV, online and ready for viewing.  We'll be kicking off our new 'Health & Safety Series'. [continue reading]

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]

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