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Ground Source Heat Pumps Dig In

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September 01, 1999

Ground source heat pumps (sometimes called geothermal heat pumps, Geo-Exchange Systems, or GHPs) most often exchange heat with the ground by means of a ground heat exchanger. [continue reading]

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Cool Home Features Bring Peak Energy Savings

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July 01, 1999

To test the feasibility of building new single-family homes that cut air conditioning use to a minimum, researchers here at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) recently built a 2,425 ft2 home in central Florida using many proven energy-saving building strategies, along with a 4 kW photovoltaic (PV) array that could meet most of the home's daytime electrical demand. [continue reading]

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Ventilation/Cooling Method Needs User Input

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May 01, 1999

Many U.S. homebuilders and buyers view compressor cooling as a necessity, even in mild climates. But the widespread use of compressor cooling causes several problems, especially in warmer regions like the West Coast. [continue reading]

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Finding the Whole-House Fan That Fits

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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May 01, 1999

Whole-house fans cool homes very efficiently in many parts of the country. But they have come under fire for creating leaks into the attic, causing potential depressurization problems, and being noisy. [continue reading]

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Saving Energy with Reflective Roofs

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November 01, 1998

In 11 Florida homes with roofs coated with a white material during midsummer, average air conditioning energy use decreased by 8 kWh/day, or 19%. [continue reading]

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Efficient Cooling: Making It Happen

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March 01, 1998

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]

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Homeowners: Who Will Demand Rightsizing?

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March 01, 1998

Along with conducting detailed load calculations of 40 Sacramento homes, we asked homeowners to complete a brief survey. [continue reading]

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Home, Home on the Range Hood

Author: Dave Brook
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November 01, 1997

Exhausting heat and moisture in the summer can keep a house cooler and reduce air conditioning costs. And running a fan whenever someone is cooking will eliminate most water vapor, grease, and combustion products from the kitchen. [continue reading]

Sense and Survivability: How Evolution Shapes Design Decisions

Samuel Pobst

Sense and Survivability: How Evolution Shapes Design Decisions

The 3.8 billion years of evolution of the DNA strand that uniquely identifies the human genome has invested in humanity a ...

Energy Analysis: So Much to Know...

Shawna Henderson

Energy Analysis: So Much to Know...

It's hard to wrap your head around the amount of number crunching that goes into energy analysis, and how to ...

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