Editorial: Twenty-First-Century Energy Efficiency—with Carbon on Our Minds

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Editorial: Twenty-First-Century Energy Efficiency—with Carbon on Our Minds

After the first oil embargo, in 1973, our nation recognized the need to save energy in a coordinated way. It made sense to designate energy utilities to coordinate energy-saving activities in buildings, because nobody had better ...

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Editorial: ERVs Get The Yellow Flag

Author: Max Sherman
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September 01, 2010

As we make homes tighter, we need to provide ventilation, which costs energy. One way to reduce the energy impact of that ventilation is to use an air-to-air heat recovery system. A heat recovery ventilator (... [continue reading]

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

Author: Alan Meier
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July 01, 2010

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 ... [continue reading]

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May/June 2010 Editorial: Targeting the High Users

Author: Alan Meier
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May 01, 2010

The Hunt for Low-Hanging Fruit [continue reading]

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March/April 2010 Editorial: Home Energy Monitors

Author: Alan Meier
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March 01, 2010

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) ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: LEDs: Avoiding the CFL Debacle

Author: Alan Meier
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January 06, 2010

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 ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: Mandatory Retrofits Prior to Sale - Nationwide

Author: Alan Meier
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November 01, 2009

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 ... [continue reading]

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Macie Melendez

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Another really hot summer is winding down, with dramatic forest fires capping off a fourth year of drought in the ...

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

Andy Rodenhiser

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

Commitment to superior customer service is one of the reasons that Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, HVAC and Electric has served the ...

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