ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ...

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Danger in the Shower: 2008 Forum Looks at Hot Water

Author: John Koeller
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January 02, 2009

On average, water heating accounts for 15% of residential energy consumption. In the past few years, there has been an explosion of interest in meeting domestic hot water needs more efficiently. New hot-water-generating technologies, structured plumbing ... [continue reading]

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The Long Island Green Homes Program

Author: Rich Manning
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November 06, 2008

It all started early last December with a phone call from a homeowner who wanted an estimate on insulating his home. My son Josh and I are building performance contractors and do Energy Star home ... [continue reading]

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A Cute Water Heater

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November 06, 2008

Yes, there are cute water heaters. ECO-CUTE is a Japanese trademark and nickname for heat pump water heaters that use CO2 as a refrigerant. (Cute is the pronunciation of “hot water supply” in ... [continue reading]

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PACE Lifts Energy Burden in Los Angeles County

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November 06, 2008

Founded in 1976 to address the employment and job training needs of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities of Los Angeles, the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) has broadened both the services it offers and ... [continue reading]

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Fixing California's Existing Homes

Author: Steve Mann
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November 06, 2008

In 1999, California adopted the first phase of its HERS program. Unlike HERS programs in the rest of the country, which generally focus on whole-house analysis, the California program focuses on field verification and testing of ... [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]

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 ...

The Real Women of Home Performance: Cindy Ojczyk

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The Real Women of Home Performance: Cindy Ojczyk

Cindy Ojczyk (pronounced o-check) is the owner of Simply Green Design, where she helps clients navigate the process of creating ...

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