California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned
The potential for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through retrofitting existing homes offers major incentives for future work.
The kitchen represents a concentration of household energy use--anywhere from 20% to 40% of a home's consumption. [continue reading]
Air sealing, heating systems, air conditioners, domestic hot water, lighting, fuel bill analysis, customer education.... Sounds like a typical issue of Home Energy. [continue reading]
When the Minneapolis Energy Office (now the Center for Energy and Environment) first addressed the issue of improving energy efficiency in multifamily buildings in 1981, the task was a little daunting. [continue reading]
Multifamily buildings vary widely. They range from houses divided into three apartments to 500-unit high rises. So a weatherization project must be tailored to fit the personality of the building. [continue reading]
The replacement of incandescent lighting--particularly hallway fixtures and exit signs that consume electricity 8,760 hours a year in many multifamily buildings--with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) yields substantial energy savings and should be easy to promote. [continue reading]
In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, we looked at the savings persistence from equipment retrofits that Citizens Conservation Corporation (CCC) installed in low-income apartment buildings over the past decade. [continue reading]
While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...
Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...