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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Calling All Inventors, Entrepreneuers, and Venture Capitalists!

Calling All Inventors, Entrepreneuers, and Venture Capitalists!

Jim Gunshinan

One morning I realized that I could cut down my showering time by at least one minute if I could combine my shampooing and conditioning into one step. Inspired, I went to a high-end grocery store that I will call, “Whole Paycheck” looking for what has been an illusive item for me—a combination shampoo and conditioner that really works; someone stacking items in the hair-care section told me that no such ... [continue reading]

Energy Out West

Energy Out West

Jim Gunshinan

The Energy Out West conference is held every other year and began in 1996 when a group of people doing weatherization work in the Northwest thought they could help each other do it better. The current president of Energy Out West (EOW) is Mimi Burbage, who should be familiar to readers of Home Energy and anyone in weatherization. Mimi brings that independent, Alaska, straight talk style to whatever she does, from heading the Alaska Housing Finance ... [continue reading]

Green Means Hope

Green Means Hope

Jim Gunshinan

I wrote a blog entry a few weeks ago while attending the Energy Out West conference in Boise, Idaho. I wanted to highlight the work of the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). I had heard a presentation by CCSE’s Jack Clark about the organization’s work in the San Diego area. Jack and his colleagues are bringing together Weatherization Assistance Program workers who were hired with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (... [continue reading]

Energy, Faith, and the Narratives We Live By

Energy, Faith, and the Narratives We Live By

Jim Gunshinan

Since the beginning of the 20th century, oil has played the role of cheap labor in the U.S. economy and in economies around the world. Traditionally, we have been interested in the horsepower of our car engines, but what if we measured the energy we use in terms of human labor? To power a typical American home would require a small village of people riding bicycles powering electric generators 24 hours a day. Even after ... [continue reading]

I Confess the Need for Building Standards and Worker Training

I Confess the Need for Building Standards and Worker Training

Jim Gunshinan

I was discussing an upcoming article with my colleagues at Home Energy magazine about the Standard Work Specifications (SWS) being developed by DOE for single home, multifamily, and manufactured housing retrofits, and it brought to mind an experience I had as teenager, the need for confession, and the importance of standards. [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Something of a Study in Contrasts

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Something of a Study in Contrasts

Jim Gunshinan

Another American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings has come and gone from the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. But the reverberations of the talks, discussions, and connections made will reverberate until the next Summer Study in 2014. The 2012 Summer Study was the biggest yet, with more than 1,100 participants. And the food was pretty good, despite the usual grumbling (you try cooking for 1,100 people!) And ... [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: A Night in the Life of the Summer Study

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: A Night in the Life of the Summer Study

Jim Gunshinan

The Monday night plenary speaker at the 2012 American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study of Energy Efficiency in Buildings, held every two years in beautiful Asilomar, California, was Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Wellinghoff described his coming to FERC in 2006 as a border crossing from the world of energy efficiency—according to Steve Nadel, before joining FERC, Chairman Wellinghoff attended 12 Summer Studies—to the world ... [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Watch Japan and Expect a Great Deal

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Watch Japan and Expect a Great Deal

Jim Gunshinan

What’s happening in Japan? Quite a lot according to the 2012 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Tuesday night plenary speaker, Andrew DeWit, Professor in the School of Policy Studies at Rikkyo University. Professor DeWit described nothing less than a battle taking place upon the ruins of the Fukushima power plants, between sustainability and crushing debt; same-old same-old, and the new green economy. [continue reading]

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