The Elusive Search for an Energy-Efficient Water Heater

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The Elusive Search for an Energy-Efficient Water Heater

My Sunday kayak adventure with my wife and friends on Lake Tahoe was magic. Paddling that beautiful lake relaxed me to the point where, by the time I reached home, I was ready for a ...

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Getting Some Shade

Author: Everest Fang
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September 13, 2015

You’re uncomfortable. You feel streaks of sweat starting to inch down your forehead, back, and neck. The sun is relentless. Frantically, you look around for relief. The only thing in sight is a ... [continue reading]

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The Energy Star LED Difference

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December 15, 2014

In early 2013, EPA challenged retailers to sell 20 million Energy Star-certified LED lightbulbs by Earth Day 2014. The results are in, and U.S. retailers—with the help of manufacturers and utilities—more than exceeded ... [continue reading]

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Favorite Multifamily Retrofits

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April 28, 2015

Which retrofit is better: changing the boiler or changing the lighting? There are so many possibilities for multifamily buildings that choosing the "best" retrofit depends a lot on your definition. Are you after the most ... [continue reading]

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The Cottages at Cypress

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November 01, 2015

A Net Zero Energy Low-Income Senior Housing Development [continue reading]

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My Experiences with Solar Electric and Solar Hot Water Systems

Author: Andrew Rudin
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September 01, 2011

An energy management consultant since 1974, Andrew Rudin shares his personal accounts, the good and the bad, with using solar panels to generate electricity and to heat water. [continue reading]

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California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned

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November 02, 2013

The potential for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through retrofitting existing homes offers major incentives for future work. [continue reading]

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Rick Barnett

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Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Marlene Taylor

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...

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