Alan Meier

Alan Meier is senior executive editor of Home Energy.

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Multiple Rewards from Multifamily Rehab

Author: Alan Meier
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March 01, 1997

In "Chicago Apartments Get New Lease on Life" (p. 23), Paul Knight describes the energy-efficient rehabilitation of abandoned buildings in blighted neighborhoods of Chicago. [continue reading]

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Why Doesn't Every LibraryLend kwh Meters?

Author: Alan Meier
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May 01, 1997

Home Energy, conducted a roundtable of four energy monitoring experts. We present edited an (and expurgated) version of the discussion in this issue (p. 37). As the roundtable s moderator, I kept a low profile, but here I can tell you what struck me during the conversation. [continue reading]

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Energy Conservation: A Great Investment Again

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 1997

If you read only the news headlines, it's easy to believe that investments in energy conservation have gone the way of the dodo bird. [continue reading]

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Truth and Consequences of Home Energy Ratings

Author: Alan Meier
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September 01, 1997

Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) are an inherently reasonable idea. If consumers are aware of a home's energy efficiency prior to purchase, they can factor energy costs into their offering price, budget operating costs, and roll efficiency investments into the mortgage. [continue reading]

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The Rage for Aquaria

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September 01, 1997

Residential energy auditors often dismiss or overlook aquaria in their assessments. Yet nearly one in every 12 households owns at least one aquarium. [continue reading]

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Health, Safety, and the House as a System

Author: Alan Meier
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November 01, 1997

It's become fashionable to talk about the house as a system. Is this just another expression that impresses customers and helps building performance experts sell their services? [continue reading]

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European Appliance Technology Marches Onward

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 1998

This issue contains an article about the annual European appliance exhibition, Domotechnica, which attracts an international collection of manufacturers displaying their latest products and concepts. [continue reading]

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An AHAM Update

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 1998

Careful readers of the June 1997 directory of refrigerators from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) noticed remarkable improvements in efficiency. [continue reading]

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January/February 2010: LEDs: Avoiding the CFL Debacle

January/February 2010: LEDs: Avoiding the CFL Debacle

Alan Meier

The lighting efficacies of LEDs have been rising steadily and are poised to overtake CFLs. Fluorescents and CFLs still outshine LEDs with respect to general applications and cost of light, but LEDs are already superior for some niche applications and offer many new exciting illumination opportunities. Now we need to ensure that the reputation of this new energysaving lighting source won’t be undermined by a tidal wave of shoddy products. Tests for quality, ... [continue reading]

March/April 2010 Editorial: Home Energy Monitors

March/April 2010 Editorial: Home Energy Monitors

Alan Meier

Home Energy Monitors, that is, devices that display a home’s energy consumption have been touted as Silicon Valley’s contribution to the national energy conservation effort. A Home Energy Monitor (or HEM) constantly informs the occupants of their home’s electricity and gas consumption, along with conversions to monthly costs and comparisons with previous periods. Some models can (or will) communicate with heating and air conditioning systems. These devices will enable ... [continue reading]

May/June 2010 Editorial: Targeting the High Users

May/June 2010 Editorial: Targeting the High Users

Alan Meier

Photo by Jovan Peric - Fotolia.com Homes with high energy consumption are likely to provide us more opportunities to save energy. If that’s true, then why don’t we see more programs and businesses geared toward the high users? [continue reading]

July/August 2010 Editorial: A Cottage Industry with High Electricity Use

July/August 2010 Editorial: A Cottage Industry with High Electricity Use

Alan Meier

Can growing marijuana change the way homes use electricity? In rural Humboldt County, in far-northern California, there’s no doubt that it can. Figure 1 tracks average monthly residential electricity use in Humboldt County and in California. Until the mid-1990s, these two values were almost identical. But after 1996, Humboldt County’s electricity use suddenly turned upward. What happened? In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, which legalized the medical use of marijuana. In practice, Proposition 215 ... [continue reading]

November/December 2010 Editorial: Restoring Credibility in the Efficiency Marketplace

November/December 2010 Editorial: Restoring Credibility in the Efficiency Marketplace

Alan Meier

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and nowhere is this adage truer than with the assurance of a manufacturer’s compliance with energy efficiency standards and endorsement programs. If any link is broken in this process, then it is impossible to “haul up” those energy savings for the consumer. The Department of Energy (DOE) the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are finally taking actions to repair some of the ... [continue reading]

March/April 2011 Editorial: The Making of an Industry at ACI

March/April 2011 Editorial: The Making of an Industry at ACI

Alan Meier

Sometimes it’s only possible to recognize progress by turning around and seeing how far you’ve traveled since the journey began. That’s certainly the case for the energy-conservation industry. Gradually an industry devoted to improving home performance is taking shape. The number of technologies, techniques, and tools dedicated to reducing energy use, improving comfort, and fixing building defects continues to grow. [continue reading]

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