The Curse of the TRC
Archaic utility cost effectiveness-testing is killing effective energy efficiency programs
When Home Energy first covered the halogen torchiere story ("Bright Prospects for CFL Torchieres," Jan/Feb '97, p. 13), the news was pretty grim. [continue reading]
Massachusetts is the hold-out. When the federal Residential Conservation Service law expired in 1990, most states got rid of mandatory home energy audits. But a 1980 state law still requires Massachusetts electric and gas utilities to provide home energy audits to customers on demand, paid for by a surcharge on energy bills. [continue reading]
Faster than you can caulk a windowsill, California is restructuring its electric industry. In the process, the state is radically changing the way efficiency services are funded and delivered. [continue reading]
Today, you may be an insulator, HVAC technician, or builder. Maybe you're a lighting designer, or a publicist for efficient buildings. But in the new market, you will be an energy efficiency service provider. [continue reading]
Builder education takes many forms. One of the most effective ways for builders to learn new techniques is to walk a construction site ask questions. When the site turns into a home where residents feel comfortable and save money, the students use the techniques they learned. [continue reading]
As part of its efforts to promote energy-efficient residential HVAC systems, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) looked into air conditioner sizing. [continue reading]
Renewable energy advocates struggle daily to introduce practical applications for solar and wind power. [continue reading]
So there's lots of excellent work and capacity building going on, and net zero energy, low energy, and high ...
I have been involved in home automation heavily over the last few years. At my home in Utah, I started ...