Alan Meier

Alan Meier is senior executive editor of Home Energy.

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Editorial: The Rising Cost of Home Energy

Author: Alan Meier
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September 04, 2007

Yes, the price of a subscription to Home Energy is rising. Home Energy is published by a non-profit organization, but our costs are nevertheless inescapably climbing.  You can mitigate the personal impact of the ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Energy Efficiency Pioneers

Author: Alan Meier
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November 03, 2007

OK, there’s a new energy-saving product on the market. It might even be the fruit of government-funded research. But it’s expensive and available from only a few, small manufacturers (or perhaps ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: The Afterlife of a CFL

Author: Alan Meier
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January 04, 2008

The CFL is a poster child for energy efficiency but sometimes in ways that we might not want it to be.  To be sure, the CFL has a wonderful record of constantly improving quality, ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Reflections on the Consumer Electronics Show

Author: Alan Meier
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March 09, 2008

The 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is already ancient history, and the 140,000 participants, TV cameras, and bloggers have returned home to quieter lives.  But it’s still worth reflecting on this most amazing assemblage ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Who Is Going to Build the Zero Energy Home?

Author: Alan Meier
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May 01, 2008

You could easily have overlooked a quiet change in recent statements by the world’s leading climate change researchers. Everyone knew that the goals set forth in the Kyoto Protocol were baby steps on ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Juneau Saves Electricity in a Hurry

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 2008

What do you do when the price of electricity suddenly jumps fivefold? This was the dilemma faced by the residents of Juneau, Alaska, when an avalanche suddenly cut the transmission line to their source of ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Libertarian Paternalism and Saving Energy

Author: Alan Meier
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September 07, 2008

Remember the old TV show “Father Knows Best” from the mid 1950s? As with any TV sitcom, there were lots of jokes, funny dialogue, and plot twists often leading to difficult situations that ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Heat Pump Water Heaters - Another Prius in the Basement?

Author: Alan Meier
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November 06, 2008

It was good news to learn that Energy Star has finally announced specifications for water heaters. The specification for heat pump water heaters is particularly welcome, since these products have an unusually large savings potential. ... [continue reading]

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September/October 2008 Editorial: Libertarian Paternalism  and Saving Energy

September/October 2008 Editorial: Libertarian Paternalism and Saving Energy

Alan Meier

 Remember the old TV show “Father Knows Best” from the mid 1950s? As with any TV sitcom, there were lots of jokes, funny dialogue, and plot twists often leading to difficult situations that needed working out. Of course, the one thing you could count on was Dad—played by Robert Young in the series—finding the solution, since he exemplified the paternalistic nature of American family life at that time. [continue reading]

November/December 2008 Editorial: Heat Pump Water Heaters—Another Prius in the Basement?

November/December 2008 Editorial: Heat Pump Water Heaters—Another Prius in the Basement?

Alan Meier

It was good news to learn that Energy Star has finally announced specifications for water heaters. The specification for heat pump water heaters is particularly welcome, since these products have an unusually large savings potential. A heat pump water heater can reduce water-heating energy by half, which translates into over 1,500 kWh per year in many homes. Nearly 40% of American homes use electric water heaters, so the market is huge. This market is unlikely to be ... [continue reading]

January/February 2009 Editorial: Now We Know the Value of Energy Star

January/February 2009 Editorial: Now We Know the Value of Energy Star

Alan Meier

The elections overshadowed a press release by Energy Star announcing a settlement with LG, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of appliances and consumer electronics. That’s a pity because the settlement sends an important message to manufacturers. It also reveals how valuable LG thinks the Energy Star endorsement actually is. [continue reading]

March/April 2009 Editorial: How Private Should Utility Bills Be?

March/April 2009 Editorial: How Private Should Utility Bills Be?

Alan Meier

The cover of this issue depicts extraordinarily useful information: the homes whose attics are inadequately insulated. British residents can go onto the Web and find their homes—or their neighbors’ homes—to determine their thermal efficiency. [continue reading]

May/June 2009 Editorial: Saving Home Energy After the Stimulus

May/June 2009 Editorial: Saving Home Energy After the Stimulus

Alan Meier

The residential energy business is scurrying around trying to digest the billions of dollars thrown at us to weatherize and reduce the energy use of our country’s homes.  Few of us, even in our wildest dreams, could have imagined the scenario unfolding in 2009. In the midst of trying to spend this money wisely, we also need to consider what will happen to the efficiency industry after the stimulus? I don’t ... [continue reading]

July/August 2009 Editorial: After Weatherization—Career Paths in Energy Efficiency

July/August 2009 Editorial: After Weatherization—Career Paths in Energy Efficiency

Alan Meier

The government’s breathtaking investments in energy efficiency—and notably in weatherization—are creating a boom in the industry. If all goes according to plan, hundreds of thousands of new people will soon join the home energy efficiency sector. Most of these new jobs will require little training and offer commensurately low pay (but hey, it’s a job). This level of government expenditure cannot be sustained, so now is the ... [continue reading]

September/October 2009 Editorial: <em>Home Energy</em>’s New Compilation of Articles

September/October 2009 Editorial: Home Energy’s New Compilation of Articles

Alan Meier

I am pleased to announce the availability of a compilation of Home Energy articles from 2000–2008. It’s available as a CD and costs only $75. These articles capture the state of the art in home energy conservation, from retrofit techniques to business strategies. [continue reading]

November/December 2009 Editorial: Mandatory Retrofits Prior to Sale… Nationwide

November/December 2009 Editorial: Mandatory Retrofits Prior to Sale… Nationwide

Alan Meier

If we accept the national—and local—goals of large reductions in energy use in order to mitigate climate change, how will these be accomplished?  One approach is to include the costs of climate change in the price of energy and let the market do the heavy lifting.  In the long run, I think this strategy is essential because there’s nothing like a high price of energy to promote ... [continue reading]

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