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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Warning: This Blog Post Contains Gross Generalizations

Warning: This Blog Post Contains Gross Generalizations

Jim Gunshinan

I try to avoid generalizations, especially the gross kind, but sometimes you have to climb up on the mountain to get the big picture. [continue reading]

Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News

Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News

Jim Gunshinan

Got this in my email and thought I'd share. Very good article by Joe Laquatra on the current serious lead hazards that may shock you into action and other great stuff—including from Home Energy's Alan Meier, from the folks at Cornell University:   Click here for a PDF file that contains the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News (HHE-News), the Extension Newsletter for the Department of Design & Environmental Analysis (DEA) ... [continue reading]

Checklists—A Professional's Best Friend

Checklists—A Professional's Best Friend

Jim Gunshinan

Want to know why air travel is still, by far, the safest way to go? Do you want to know how hospitals around the world can cut the risk of post-surgical complications and death by more than half? Do you wonder why the greatest triumphs of engineering, buildings and infrastructure, are beautiful, as well as safe and functional? The answer is checklists. I was inspired by this simple and powerful tool after reading The Checklist ... [continue reading]

Be a Little Like a Used Car Salesperson

Be a Little Like a Used Car Salesperson

Jim Gunshinan

Used car salesmen get a bad rap, and there are good reasons for that. But I think the home performance community can learn from them in some important ways. I say that as someone who once had a serious case of buyer’s remorse, but got over it. [continue reading]

ACCA Standards

ACCA Standards "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement" Out for Public Review

Jim Gunshinan

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announces an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review period for its BSR/ACCA 12 QH -201x, "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement" as a revised industry standard. The 45 day public review period started on July 19, 2013 with a comment deadline of September 2, 2013.   This revised standard provides minimum criteria by which deficiencies in existing residential buildings are identified by audit, improvement opportunities are ... [continue reading]

What Sustainability Really Means

What Sustainability Really Means

Jim Gunshinan

I just read a book about the work of an environmental mediator, Lucy Moore, Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator (Island Press). What I liked most about this book was that it was a series of ten stories. There is a kind of summary chapter at the end, but I think you can skip it. [continue reading]

Act Now to Save Water and Energy

Act Now to Save Water and Energy

Jim Gunshinan

The International Code Council is in the process of developing the 2015 codes. A large number of code change proposals will be considered at the Final Action Hearing, which is being held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The FAH is scheduled to begin on October 2 and conclude by October 10, 2013. For more information go to www.iccsafe.org. [continue reading]

Making Energy Efficiency Sexy, or at Least Interesting

Making Energy Efficiency Sexy, or at Least Interesting

Jim Gunshinan

I was reading my local newspaper and a photo showing a man and his electric bill caught my attention. His electric bill was more than $7,000. Was this a case of a power company screwing over a customer, I wondered? Then I read the story. It got more interesting. [continue reading]

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